6th Annual Community Memorial Day Picnic - Fairfield Museum and History Center
May 27, 2013 - Fairfield
After the annual Fairfield town parade, the Fairfield Museum invites the community to continue celebrating the spirit of the day. Bring your family and friends, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy an afternoon of games and fun for all ages on the Museum's historic Green. Try your hand at some water-balloon games, enjoy sack races, and more.
Artist Lecture: Sana Musasama - INSPIRE COMMIT ACT: My Journey from Harlem, New York to Phnom Penh Cambodia; Art, Travel & Social Activism - One World
May 30, 2013 - Port Chester
Reception and Artist Talk at Clay Art Center following the lecture. Artist, Sana Musasama, will talk about her world travel experiences and their impact on her as a woman and an artist. She will explain how the traditional villages of Cambodia have been her home away from home, and share how her extended families, predominately women and little girls, became her guides. Observing the lives of women and little girls, Sana noticed radical differences in their lives from the lives of girls in our culture. Her work is a response to what she saw and what she wants to change.
SUPER SMASH BROS TOURNAMENT - Westport Library
May 30, 2013 - Westport
Compete for bragging rights in the library's Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament. For middle school and up.
downUNDER Premieres - Fairfield Woods Branch Library
May 31, 2013 - Fairfield
Unwind after a week at school. Watch a new to DVD movie and share snacks with friends in the downUnder Teen Center. Grades 6-12.
Art & Music RAC-fest - Rowayton Arts Center
June 01, 2013 - Rowayton
Welcome summer and enjoy free musical entertainment, participatory art activities and refreshments. Beginning at 2pm there will be on-going live music and everyone is invited to express their creativity through sidewalk art and free-form painting. The RAC-fest continues at 5pm with the opening reception for "Paint Rowayton," a show in the Portside Gallery featuring outdoor scenes painted by adults and children. Music will be provided by The Boundarymen.
Family Art Project: A Tree Lives Here - Wave Hill
June 01, 2013 - Bronx
Explore the qualities of some of Wave Hill's special trees with visiting artist Richard Lewis and the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble and create a tree of your own imagining with oil pastels on black paper. Enjoy a performance by the ensemble at 11:30am, followed by a parade with your tree at 12:30pm.
American Hiking Society National Trails Day Event - Connecticut Audubon Society
June 01, 2013 - Fairfield
Take a leisurely, guided 1.5 mile hike through the Connecticut Audubon Society's Larsen Sanctuary and discover its temperate deciduous forest, ponds, garden marsh, meadow and swamp. Explore several bird habitats and points of ecological interest and discuss efforts to conserve, protect, and enhance their habitats. The varied terrain is of easy-to-moderate difficulty. Meet in the Nature Store. Pre-registration is recommended by calling ext.109. Rain or shine but heavy rain cancels. Sturdy footwear required for variable terrain.
Teen Service Saturday - Fairfield Public Library
June 01, 2013 - Fairfield
Need community service hours for school, church or whatever? Drop in to the Teen Room on the first Saturday of each month to help out in the Library.
Getting Ready for College - Fairfield Public Library
June 01, 2013 - Fairfield
Demystify the college process with a different speaker and topic each month. June tackles the essay. Common Application essay questions and the art of choosing and developing clever-yet- sincere topics for all required college entrance writing. For parents and teens. Registration required.
The Marvelous Mutts - Pequot Library
June 01, 2013 - Southport
Come see some of the world's finest canine athletes in a jaw-dropping lawn show to launch the summer season and Pequot Library's Dig Into Reading program. This team of Mutts, all adopted from shelters, will astound and entertain you with their tricks, stunts and athleticism. Watch them up close as they flip and fly to snatch those airborn Frisbees. A meet-n-greet follows. Bring your own blanket or low chair. Performance indoors in case of rain.
Italian artist Francesco Clemente - Yale School of Art 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery
Through June 02, 2013 - New Haven
Enjoy 30 paintings by the artist made during extended trips to Brazil between 2006 and 2008. April 1-June 2, 2013.
VERNAL POOL HIKE - Trout Brook Valley
June 02, 2013 - Weston
Children ages 5-10 years old, accompanied by a parent, join River Lab volunteer Jennifer Titrud for a walk to learn about the little creatures that live in the vernal pools and streams of Trout Brook Valley. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Advisory Board Meeting - Wilton Library
June 03, 2013 - Wilton
Year-end meeting for the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), for teens in grades 6-12. TAB is a group of teens who work with the library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is recommended.
Exhibition: SANA MUSASAMA: My Journey - Clay Art Center
Through June 22, 2013 - Port Chester
Clay Art Center is proud to present "SANA MUSASAMA: My Journey," a solo exhibition that combines art, social justice advocacy, and community arts outreach with New York artist and global citizen, Sana Musasama. The exhibition, which features ceramic sculpture and installation inspired from Musasama's travels around the world, will be on exhibit May 18-June 22, 2013, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 18, from 6-8pm.
In conjunction, the artist will be an artist in residence at Clay Art Center for the duration of the exhibit, and Clay Art Center has initiated a string of community arts outreach events entitled, Inspire, Commit, Act... Admission to Clay Art Center is free.
In her twenties, when she began traveling, Sana Musasama realized that clay existed all over the world. After her education in the public school system in New York, she felt limited, locked in, and undereducated. Traveling became her way of relearning the world and its inhabitants. Her work is informed by history, women's studies, culture, and her journals of global citizenship. "My Journey," an exhibition of large scale sculpture and installation, will speak of those experiences, from the "Maple Tree" series about the abolitionist movement involved with indigenous Americans, African indentured servants, and Dutch colonialists, and "The Unspeakable" series, an inquiry into the nature of violence and healing in women's lives, to her current work, "The UnKnown/UnNamed" series, which focuses on honoring the lives of those lost to war and genocide. Sana has spent the past 5 years working and traveling in Cambodia. It is there that she found herself in the killing fields, walking on fragments of souls that once were.
Sana Musasama's work is grounded in the ceremonies of living. It guards their integrity and memory, and acts as a reliquary of historic events and her personal narratives. In her inquiry into the world, she sought to understand the human landscape. This transformed Sana and her approach to clay. There is no dichotomy between her life and her work, as her extensive traveling has made her relearn seeing. Her mission speaks of a global citizen who walks through the artwork heart first.
Inspire, Commit, Act?: Community Events with Sana Musasama. For the duration of the exhibition, Sana will be an Artist in Residence at Clay Art Center, acting as an advocate for her work in the exhibition and the social justice issues it invokes. While in residence, she will also be working on a new body of work. As part of her residency at CAC, Sana will have the opportunity to work with Latino and African-American youth of Westchester County, NY, especially young women, and will be a visual presence for them, inspiring them to commit and act on the belief that they too could be artists, should they want to be. She will be working with Port Chester's Carver Center's NIA group, a young women's leadership group, mostly made up of Latino and African American individuals, Port Chester High School students in CAC's "Around the World in Clay" community arts outreach program, and teen girls from Westhab shelter of Family Coachman Center, which is the largest homeless shelter in Westchester.
In addition, Sana will lead three public hands-on workshops in June in the gallery (alongside her artwork). For more details on these workshops, visit clayartcenter.org.
ABOUT THE WORK IN THE EXHIBIT
About her "Unknown/Unnamed" series, Sana states, "My newest ceramic work was born out of the devastation of the 9/11 attacks and the hundreds of workers and others whose identity was buried under the rubble, the faceless whispers out of concentration camps, the endless mass graves throughout the world. It stems from my global travels to Cambodia, Vietnam and Rwanda - into the homes and hearts of the people I've encountered; these pieces represent their silent voices, which remain unknown and unnamed."
"The earth carries the memories built on the backs of oppressed/unrepresented people and their buried bones throughout the world. At My Lai, Vietnam, I walk on the site of a massacre where the lives of hundreds of women and babies were taken in revenge. I touch the soil. At the Holocaust museum, I look at the hundreds of pairs of eye glasses, shoes, gold-capped teeth, and briefcases, and I wonder who they belonged to. In Rwanda, a young woman tells how she searched for her family at a mass burial site. I have worked in Cambodia with former sex slaves, wondering who enslaved them, and walked the killing fields, with their fragments of what once were human beings."
"Will it ever stop? These new works are meant to slow us down, make us look closely at our world, silence us for the moment. They are created in homage to the Unknown/Unnamed."
Additionally, work from Sana's "Unspeakable" series will be on view. About this challenging and poignant body of work, Sana shares this story: "Twenty-five years ago, while living in Mendeland, Sierra Leone, there was a group of young girls, ages 10-15, who would visit my hut every day. We began our rituals of sisterhood: they combed my hair, tried on my clothing, and applied my makeup. They taught me the formal greetings in Mende, how to sit like a Mende woman, eat with my tongue, and to never allow food to touch my lips. They showed me how to cook on three rocks and wash my clothes in the river, beating on washing stones. They taught me the birth chants, and I learned, too soon, to recognize the death song."
"Suddenly, one morning, there were no young girls in the village. They returned thirteen weeks later, changed. Our ritual of sisterhood was no more. They no longer had the sparkle of wonderment in their eyes; they weren't carefree young girls any longer. They didn't want to have anything to do with me. I could not understand. I know now that they were circumcised (incised)."
"MY JOURNEY" will also feature two large-scale sculptures from Sana's "Maple Tree" series. These sculptures were inspired by the Maple Tree abolitionist movement in the late 18th century in New York and Holland. Dutch colonists, Native Americans, and free indentured African servants joined together in protest against slave labor on sugar cane plantations in the West Indies. They took as their symbol the maple tree - a source of sugar without exploiting slave labor. At once trees and aspects of the human body, these sculptures explore links between trees and human sexuality, between trees and human agency.
Sana Musasama (b. 1957, NYC, lives in Queens, NY) received her BA from City College of New York, NY (1973), her MFA from Alfred (1988), and studied at Mende Pottery, Sierra Leone (1974-75). Feeling undereducated by her public school education, Musasama began traveling as a way to recover identity and cultural place. Clay was a geographic catalyst that brought her first to West Africa, venturing later to Japan, China, and South America. She has continued her quest, expanding her interests to tribal adornment practices in various indigenous cultures. She is challenged by the concerns surrounding the safety of women, specifically the rituals involving rites of passage, female chastity, and the "purification" of the female body. She teaches at Hunter College, NYC; the 92 Street Y, NYC; and through CASES, a program which offers an alternative to incarceration.
Clay Art Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.
Photography & Sculpture Exhibition - Rowayton Arts Center
Through June 30, 2013 - Rowayton
High-quality photography and sculpture by RAC exhibiting members are featured in this exhibit. June 2-Jun 30, 2013.
Stag Kids Reading Club - Fairfield University Bookstore
Through July 14, 2013 - Fairfield
Students in grades 1-8 are invited to join this incentive based reading program in partnership with the Bridgeport Bluefish and Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Read a minimum of 5 books and write one original book review between April 14 - July 14, 2013 and receive one free ticket to the Bridgeport Bluefish game on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 1:05pm. Additional tickets are available for purchase for $10. The Stag Kids Reading group will meet the players before the game for a private autograph session, run the bases after the game and a public announcement will acknowledge the students' reading success. One lucky member chosen at random will get to throw out the first pitch. Other raffle prizes include two free tickets to any Quick Center Performance Series Event (no expiration date) and a $25 Gift Card to the Fairfield University Bookstore (no expiration date).