Learning Art Together channels the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of low income, minority, refugee, and immigrant women in Guilford County by introducing the arts as a means of linking their native cultures to American cultural. Through the program, the women develop entrepreneurial, marketing, and business skills that lead to long-term economic and social self-sufficiency. Their work also creates and extends opportunities for multicultural awareness and sharing to the larger Greensboro community.
In February of 2014, a group of women from different countries with different cultures and languages met in Greenhill’s ArtQuest to start learning about art. Over time the students became teachers; they taught, learned to communicate with, and encouraged each other. The intertwining of cultures revealed commonalities that led to “From My Table to North Carolina.”
This project underscores the importance placed on preserving their culture and customs through food. A simple discussion about food conjured sights, smells and tastes now shared with you from El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, and Vietnam.
At our 2014 fall show, Learning Together Art will sell cards and collages that will eventually become the page of their cookbook. Each collage card is created with hand painted and printed paper and is the vision of the individual student, based on memories of cooking and sharing food with family.
Learning Art Together is made possible through the Women to Women Grant from the Greensboro Community Foundation.