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Workshop: Mud Stencils Combatting Sexual Assault with Malena Magnolia
February 28, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Malena Magnolia will lead a workshop teaching members of the community how to make mud stencils, an eco-friendly, ephemeral form of street art. She will teach you how to make the stencil and then how to apply the stencil to a structure or wall using mud from the ground.
This event is free and open to the public. Please come with a design ready at the size you want it, or an idea using images or text specifically to combat sexual violence. At a future date, we will put the stencils up in public spaces.
No other materials are needed, but X-acto knives, utility knives, stencil cutters using heat ($15 at Michaels), and cutting mats will be helpful to bring if you have them.
More about the project:
“No More Violence: A Community In Recovery and The Struggle for Safety” is an ongoing series of community-led artistic projects utilizing art therapy, art activism, and eco-friendly street art facilitated by artist Malena Magnolia and The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia from February to April 2015. This series is a response to the long history of sexual assault and rape within the Charlottesville community, and at the University of Virginia in particular, without repercussions for perpetrators of sexual violence. Throughout these months we will hold safe-space discussions about the ways these events have affected the community and what people think must be done to alter a culture of rape and violence. Malena Magnolia will hold workshops on mud stenciling, an ephemeral street art process that uses mud from the ground rather than spray paint to apply stencils. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend and to create their own stencils to combat sexual violence. Following the mud stencil workshops, we can work to take back our community and let our voices be heard by putting stencils out in public space.
On April 3rd the opening exhibition for “No More Violence: A Community In Recovery And The Struggle For Safety” will take place at The Bridge PAI. This mud stencil exhibition will showcase one cohesive mud stencil composed of the stencils made by the community, and another stencil on the opposing windows will mirror this collective piece and trace sexual assault back to the era of Thomas Jefferson. This series uses art to engage with history, to challenge the current system as it deals with sexual assault, to take back our community and public domain, to act as a vehicle of healing, and to give voices to survivors who will no longer be silenced.