“Drawing Together” version 2.0 is a series of monthly workshops of drawing and conversation with the goal of promoting art as a healthful addition to anyone’s life. These events are designed for non-artists, but all are  welcome (kids, parents, adults, seniors, non-profit professionals, just to name a few). Materials are provided. All that participants need to bring is their interest in learning something new.

Upcoming Workshops:

April 17, 2019 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Altadena Library, Speaker: Scott Feldmann, who is a creative consultant, teambuilder, writer, and designer.

March 7, 2019 – 7:00-8:00 pm at the No Future Cafe, Speaker: Katy Robinson, parents, feminist, geographer, and co-founder of PHASIC House of Art and Science in CA.

No February Meeting

Jan. 23, 2019 – 4:00-5:00 pm at the Pasadena Central Library, Speaker: Kelly Wood, Founder of SCHOOL Yoga Program

Dec. 19, 2018  – Cancelled…See you after the New Year!

Nov. 14, 2018  – 4:00-5:00 pm at the Pasadena Central Library, Speaker: Estrella Corral, Social Worker with incarcerated youth

Oct. 24, 2018 – 4:00-5:00 pm at the Pasadena Central Library, Speaker: Brian Biery, Artist and Community Builder

History of the Project:

“Drawing Together” is a community-oriented and process-based coalition building project with advocacy as it’s goal with conversations around how art contributes to a culture of health in the city.

From September 2017-April 2018 a series of conversations were held to engage community about the relationship of art and health, and drawing activities will be offered at each workshop. The final presentation of the first 9-months worth of workshops will take place on May 4, 2018 at the Armory Center for the Arts, and includes a selection of participants’ drawings that have been collected through the process, along with didactics about the relevant topics. The public is invited to discuss the intersection of art and health through structured meetings with the intention of convening a group of people interested in advocating for the health benefits of including art in the community. This framework aims to advocate for more art activation in under-served communities utilizing new formats of art.

This project is produced by artist Jamie Crooke Powell.

Prior Workshops:

September 26, 2017 – In conversation with Art Historian, Parent, and Nonprofit Administrator, Alli Pultz

October 17, 2017 – In conversation with Artist, Allan Nakagawa

November 14, 2017 – In conversation with Director of Day One, Christy Zamani

December – No Meeting

January 30, 2018 – In conversation with Sarah Eggers, LMFT, ATR, MFA

February 27, 2018 – In conversation with Program Director at Trust for Public Land, Tori Kjer

March 27, 2018 – In conversation with Artist Anne Bray

April – No Meeting

May 4, 2018 – 6:00-8:00 pm – Culminating Exhibition at Armory Center for the Arts.

This project was made possible in part by a City of Pasadena Individual Artist Grant from 2017-2018.