Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #12

Contents

A JOURNEY OF FAITH AND HEALING WITH QUILTS

MFA DOES SCHOOL VACATION WEEK IN STYLE

BOSTON MUSICIANS WALK THE RED CARPET

READING AND RHYMING WITH COOTA

GOOD GRADES! NO MONEY? NO PROBLEM?, HARVARD OPENS ITS DOORS

UNFORGETTABLE KENT AS COLE

LEAPS ABOUND

BUY INDIE FILMS THRU TCOF

THE FIRST WEEKEND CLUB – NOW IN BOSTON

RELIVE THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE – BOSTON STYLE

UPCOMING EVENTS

PLAYWRITING CONTEST

A NEW HOME FOR THE ‘TUTE’


A JOURNEY OF FAITH AND HEALING WITH QUILTS

by Kay Bourne

05e1fa92ee3b9960a5d501cb99a160dc.86.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #12 SHANA TURNER was devastated when her older brother was killed, and as she grieved, she realized there were other sorrows in her soul as well. She responded through art and by bringing other young women in Dorchester with sadness in their lives into a group where they could voice their discontents.

The teen-aged founder and director of “Reflect and Strengthen” spoke April 9, on a panel, “The Artist as Cassandra: Searching for Direction in Responses to Tragedy.” This event in the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts was staged as one of many activities to do with THE FAITH QUILTS PROJECT, an artistic reflection on faith, by Boston area quilters following the tragedy of 9/11.

“My organization was created,” said Turner, “to build relationships between young women taught to hate themselves and each other.”

Turner and the others have found that, “art is a way to claim our stories and to build a sisterhood. We do that through step dance, drumming, plays, writing a poem. We perform before audiences and this is when the transformation happens.”

Turner sees that same power of interaction of the people who sewed the fifty-four quilts that were created for The Faith Quilts Project under the artistic direction of Clara Wainwright. For more information about the exquisite wall hangings, click Shana’s image above.

Turner said one of her favorite quilts in the exhibit is “Hands of Faith” created by youth and adults of People’s Baptist Church in the South End, led by coordinating quilter L’Merchie Frazier, and pictured above. The quilt’s subject reflects on the faith of survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the faith of everyday people. Begun as an after school project for children, the quilters increased over the two year period to be an inter-generational group ranging from 7 to 80 year-olds.

The hands are symbols of healing and help, the dolls represent the people, and the houses at the top of the quilt invoke shelter from the storm. Included in the quilt are quotations from the Bible with the central reference “In my house there are many mansions.”

Turner said she is taken by the sense of unity the quilt projects and “the colors, the creativity, the spirit, and how the design goes from the bottom up.

“Visually, it’s just beautiful,” she said.

During school vacation week and until April 30, the quilts can be seen in various locations: Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, 300 Walnut St. in Roxbury (which will have special programming Sunday, April 23. Phone 617-442-8014 for more info); the Boston Public Library in Copley Sq., the Great Hall in Codman Square, 6 Norfolk St. in Dorchester, and Cloud Place, 647 Boylston St. in Copley Sq. which will present an evening of poetry and music on Saturday, April 22, exploring Islamic and Jewish Visionary and Devotional traditions from the middle ages.

The grand finale of The Faith, Arts and Community celebration, presented by The Faith Quilts Project will be on Thursday, April 27, 7pm at The Trinity Church in Copley Sq. featuring a 12-piece ensemble of musicians, organized by Northeastern University’s music professor, Leonard Brown. The jazz mastery of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” one of the 20th century’s great pieces of sacred music will be presented, free to the public. For more information about the various events, times and locations of The Faith, Arts and Community programming, call 617-507-3066.


MFA DOES SCHOOL VACATION WEEK IN STYLE

by Kay Bourne

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