A Drive to Create set out to explore creativity and community while removing barriers to arts access. Through a generous grant from the California Arts Council, Center for Community Arts and Lead Artist Peter Foucault collaborated to bring workshops to two affordable housing communities in Walnut Creek - Villa Vasconcellos (seniors) and the Oaks (families). During the program, residents of all ages and artistic experience levels engaged in six weeks of hands on art making with the concepts of “Family” and “Home” in mind.
Workshops in collage, watercolor, fiber arts, clay and more were led by Foucault and Center for Community Arts instructors Alexandra Milukhinm, Ellen Sachtschale and Casey Rasmussen White. Residents rolled up their sleeves and created their own Joseph Cornell inspired mixed media shadow boxes exploring the themes of family and home. As the project progressed, residents arrived with family mementoes and photos in hand, ready to create with new materials supplied by the artists, Many brought their boxes home to perfect their vision between sessions.
A Drive to Create will conclude with an exhibition at Shadelands Art Center from May 8th - June 5th, 2017. This exhibition is the culmination of that process and all of the boxes created by residents at both locations, as well as boxes created by instructors and staff at the building and Community Arts, will be displayed together, creating an intricate installation and celebration of community insight into these very personal themes. In addition, a custom teardrop trailer created by Foucault that transforms into a mobile art making station will engage visitors to Community Arts and at select pop-up art making activities during the exhibit period.
Workshop and exhibition programming for this project is made possible through generous support from the California Arts Council as part of their “Artists Activating Communities” Grant. In addition, special thanks to EAH Housing and Resources for Community Development for their partnership and dedication to making A Drive to Create a success.