Today will be the final step in our ceramic beadmaking workshop. Our journey took us from handbuilding beads and pendants from raw clay through the glazing, bisque firing and final overglaze firing process, and now the local United Indians’ elders group will use their finished beads to craft jewelry as gifts for other tribe members.
LIST OF EVENTS
The United Indians’ elders group will meet at the Labatayeh Youth Home for a follow-up beadmaking workshop to underglaze their dried clay beads in preparation for the bisque firing. Many styles were tried out last week, from feather and arrowhead pendants to simulated bone beads and everything in between!
Elders and youth at the United Indians’ Labatayeh Youth Home will meet for an introductory clay workshop. We’ll be bringing a supply of clay, tools, and ideas to share, with the goal of making beads for necklaces that will be gifted in this year’s annual veteran’s event, at the end of July. Beads will be rolled, dried & later bisque fired at The Art of Saving Humanity pottery studio to prepare for a future glazing workshop before the final firing. Stay tuned!
Excitement is mounting!! From clearing out space to heavy lifting to equipment setup — we’ve got our work cut out for us! By the end of June, we hope to have our fully functioning pottery studio open for any eligible artists who wish to use it. Keep an eye out for future announcements and invitations!
Today is hugely exciting, as an unprecedented art supply donation will be retrieved from an incredibly generous donor and relocated to The Art of Saving Humanity. Today we have been gifted everything needed to create a fully outfitted pottery studio: from a beautiful potter’s wheel and electric kiln to glaze mixes, sieves & scales, a variety of tools, and boxes and boxes of beautiful clay bodies.
We are eternally grateful to the generosity of Beverly Geary. This single donation will provide endless opportunities to so many artists.
We’ve been busy as usual finding potential opportunities. Today came another grant writing grind. Gathering materials, polishing ideas, filling out paperwork, submitting applications for the organization and for a participating artist. It’s a never-ending process of researching, planning, plotting & pursuing!
A fully outfitted painter’s studio, complete with easels, cabinets, utility sink, UV task lighting & expendables was set up at The Art of Saving Humanity for use by any eligible artists in need of a space to create! It has already been put to great use by one of our talented artists!
Featuring the fine art paintings of Abraham Awalom and Olha Moisiuk, along with handwoven basketry from Bhutanese artisan Laxuman. Come join us for an evening of beauty at BallardWorks!
** After the opening on April 18th, art will be viewable through May 9th by appointment. Get in touch to schedule a time for a viewing! See the Contact Page for ways to reach us.
December through February was a time of laser focus at The Art of Saving Humanity. We ceased our normal operations of workshops and donation distributions and stepped outside of our box to help an artist/friend/family member and his wife reunite with their young children after a four-year separation. It was a tense, anxiety-filled few months of close collaboration with Senator Maria Cantwell’s office and the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
We are overjoyed to report that, despite a lengthy government shutdown, inhospitable immigration bans, and canceled asylum visas, we persevered to a beautiful family reunion that took place right on Valentine’s Day!
There will never be enough gratitude heaped on the incredible immigration specialist in Senator Cantwell’s office who stuck this through until the end. And there will never be a more remarkably fulfilling achievement in our lives.
Each year, Seattle's St. Joseph Parish features a Holiday Bazaar for artisans and non-profits from around the globe. This year, The Art of Saving Humanity was invited by the Seattle IRC to join forces and bring our local worldly artisans' crafts to a booth at this event, featuring a project made possible, in part, by a grant from 4Culture. If you're in the area Sunday, November 18th, be sure to stop by from 10am - 1pm to shop for unique gifts of hand crafted jewelry, basketry, wood carvings and knitted goods of all shapes and sizes!
See our gallery page for photos of our artisans and their beautiful handicrafts.
The Art of Saving Humanity will be donating supplies and assistance for this great workshop put on by art therapist-in-training Elizabeth Coon. The workshop will bring together resettled refugee families from varied cultures in an afternoon of printmaking activities - a fun way to give moms and their kids a chance to sit down together and bond through creative freedom.
Come support our artists at the Windermere Greenwood office July 13th during the Phinneywood Art Walk, 6pm - 9pm!
Peruse incredible works by locally resettled refugees from around the globe, snack on wine and cheese, and listen to live music from international artists.
The Art of Saving Humanity will be donating paint and lending a hand at the IRC's Invitation-Only Artvocacy Sip & Paint Evening; an event to benefit the IRC in its work to aid refugees. Artist Olha Moisniuk will be leading the event with painting instructions and demonstration.
Seattle Center's A/NT Gallery
Come throughout the month of June to the A/NT Gallery at the Seattle Center to see a large display of art from locally resettled refugees, along with artist bios, and more!
Seniors from the Bhutanese refugee community meet for various activities, informational talks, exercise, and field trips.
The group has been hard at work on their projects! Completed weaving, carving and knitting projects get collected today to put on exhibit at the Seattle Center's art gallery exhibition for the month of June.