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“CONGREGATE” is a community based exhibition that establishes artist residencies within five houses of worship in Baltimore, MD.
“CONGREGATE” is a community based exhibition that establishes artist residencies within five houses of worship in Baltimore, MD.
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CONGREGATE art + faith + community

Opening Reception Friday, September 6, 2013 5pm-7pm 

(*New exhibition dates) On View September 6–September 25, 2013 

131 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201

Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries inside the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Graduate Studio Center  

Curated by MICA’s M.F.A in Curatorial Practice class of 2014 

For more information:

www.congregatebaltimore.com

CONGREGATE Facebook page

CONGREGATE Twitter @congregate13

Instagram #congregatebaltimore

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE:

Bashi Rose/7th Metro Baptist Church

Katherine Kavanaugh/St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church

Leo Hussey/St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church

Laure Drogoul/Spiritual Empowerment Center

Tiffany Jones/New Second Missionary Baptist Church

Leigh Davis/All Congregations

CONGREGATE PROGRAMS:

Akimbo Dance Festival AKIMBO Dance Festival is a day of site-specific dance and movement art in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District. This summer, AKIMBO will be presenting two events in partnership with the CONGREGATE exhibition. On August 30, 2013, AKIMBO will preview a community performance in Station North in cooperation with the five places of worship. On September 15, AKIMBO Dance Festival will facilitate a community walk throughout the Station North area. As part of this festival, Deep Vision Dance Company will be performing at MICA’s Studio Center Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, with movements responding to and incorporating the artworks created by the artists-in-residence from each congregation.

Baltimore Performance Kitchen Closets is a theatrical production about the near universal, personal practice of hiding an aspect of our lives from ourselves and/or others due to the absence of acceptance. Each congregation is invited to participate and will host a performance in their place of worship. A series of six performances at each congregation, including the MICA Studio Center, will be on view throughout the exhibition. Baltimore Performance Kitchen performances are free to the public.

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an activist arts collaborative committed to promoting a culture of consent through performance events, community conversations and public art works. FORCE will facilitate a series of storytelling and quilting workshops in the congregations to build community support for survivors of rape and sexual assault. The blankets will be part of a large scale community art installation, the Monument Project. To submit a story or learn more, visit upsettingrapeculture.com or themonumentproject.org.

Baltimore Print Studios will offer a series of screen-printing and letterpress workshops for youth within the congregations in conjunction with Baltimore Print Studios. The workshop series will generate community conversations about place, belonging and identity. This workshop aims to build relationships between youth congregants, artists and community organizations within the arts district. Through community discussions, the youth will decide on the content that will be created during the print workshop. After the workshop, all the posters, which created by youth, will be presented in MICA’s Studio Center Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries on view from September 6-25, 2013.

CURATORIAL STATEMENT: 

“CONGREGATE art + faith + community” is an exhibition and series of programs that creates shared experiences for faith-based congregations and artistic communities within the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Curated by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Curatorial Practice MFA class of 2014, CONGREGATE establishes artist residencies within five places of worship and offers public programs in which members of each congregation can collaborate creatively. “CONGREGATE” creates a space in which artists and congregants can come together to develop a better understanding of one another—and allows spiritual sites to become active parts of the Station North arts community.

Beginning in the spring of 2013, participating local and regional artists met with representatives of Station North places of worship to plan the creation of new works of art. The resulting sculptures, installations, and participatory works are informed by three months of engagement between the artists and congregations. On September 6, 2013, an exhibition featuring all of these artworks will open at the Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries at the MICA Studio Center. This show will also feature extensive audio, video, and photographic documentation detailing the relationships formed between artists and congregants. The show will remain on view through September 25. 

“CONGREGATE” aims to help audiences investigate if there really is a disparity between contemporary artistic practices and communities of faith. “CONGREGATE” will initiate dialogue, open doorways, and create welcoming spaces, thereby contributing to a more inclusive arts district. In this project, different communities with different ideologies, relationships, and practices have an opportunity to connect and develop a better understanding of one another. 

How will we use the money?

Your support is integral into making this exhibition a reality. Funds will go towards the exhibition installation and a printed catalogue. The show will feature extensive documentation, and a catalog publication collecting the experiences of congregants and artists and resulting in sustainable relationships created by MICA and Station North communities of faith.

Thank you from the M.F.A Curatorial Practice Class of 2014 at MICA:

Michelle Gomez

Ashley Molese

Caitlin Tucker-Melvin

Victoria Timpo

Qianfei Wang

Xiaotian Yang

Project co-instructors and mentors: Jeffry Cudlin and Gerald Ross

Risks and challenges

The goals of “CONGREGATE” are to open doorways, initiate dialogue, create welcoming spaces, and contribute to a more inclusive arts district. The criterion for the project’s success is based on a sustainable relationship formed between MICA and SNAED congregations. The evaluative methods that will be used to measure the project’s success will be surveys conducted throughout the process, monthly dinner meetings with congregation leaders and artists, a response wall at the final exhibition and a follow up survey. These evaluative methods will be used in order to ensure that participating congregations and artists have a voice in the development of the exhibition and that sustainable relationships have been created between the artists, congregations, and MICA.

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