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Perspectives of a Pandemic

MANCHESTER, CT – The Galleries at WORK_SPACE are thrilled to partner with EquityCT for our 2nd annual diversity, equity and inclusion art exhibit and program series which will run Saturday, November 28, 2020 thru Sunday, January 31, 2021. Featuring art created since March 2020, this year our theme of PERSPECTIVES OF A PANDEMIC explores how art reflects the experience of collective trauma and contributes to the resiliency of individuals and community.
Whether the art was created to comment on Covid-19, respond to the injustice of structural racism, react to the contentiousness of politics, provide a sense of well-being or as a way to fill time in quarantine, Perspectives welcomes artists of all experience levels and mediums. We encourage first time exhibitors to add their voice and vision to this exhibition exploring the impact these pandemics have had on individuals, communities and the fabric of society. Online and in-person submissions are being accepted through November 13. Exhibit information and artist application forms can be found at: workspacemanchester.com/art-culture/.
The show opens on Saturday, November 28, 2020 (Small Business Saturday) with an open-house and pop-up shoppe from 10a-4p and will be part of Downtown Manchester support Love Local campaign. In addition to the onsite exhibit, the Galleries will present Cultural Performances, Community Conversations and Interactive Art & Writing Workshops that explore how art helps us:  learn how others see and feel things,  process and understand what we don’t yet know, and  to heal personal and collective trauma.
Part of the programming includes a day-long Equity Symposium co-produced by EquityCT on January 9, 2021 and a companion exhibit by local High School Students. For more information visit: workspacemanchester.com/events-programs/.
Located at WORK_SPACE, the Town of Manchester’s Coworking Space & Meeting Center, the Galleries are open weekdays 10am – 4pm by appointment and for occasional weekend hours. Individuals and groups are invited to call the Galleries at 860-647-3168 or email galleries@WORKSPACEmanchester.com to set up a time to view the exhibit or arrange a tour.
 Friday, November 13, 2020: Submissions Due  November 28, 2020 – January 31, 2021: Exhibit Dates  Saturday, November 28, 2020, 10am-4pm: Open House & Pop-Up Shoppe  Saturday, January 9, 2021, 9am-3pm: Equity Symposium: Perspectives on Innovation through Passion
Promotional material, digital images of art and advance previews will be available to the press and community organizations interested in sharing this exhibit.
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Although the leaves are falling outside, they are blooming in the front window of WORK_SPACE. In preparation of the Equity & Innovation Symposium on Jan. 5, 2021) we ask you to
The Galleries at WORK_SPACE 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040 860-647-3168, www.WORKSPACEmanchester.com

contribute to the Values Tree which will be displayed on Main Street prior to the opening of the Perspectives of a Pandemic art show. Please the sentence:
“A value that is important to me is …….”
Examples include: kindness, generosity, authenticity, friendship, family, empathy, joy, humor, integrity, growth, fairness, humility, discipline, achievement, simplicity, creativity, accountability, positivity, courage, tradition, innovation, fun, collaboration, justice, honesty, respect, diversity, openness, community etc.
Go to: manchesterct.seamlessdocs.com/f/GratefulMulberryLeaf to upload your response or email us directly at Galleries@WORKSPACEmanchester.com.
Contacts: Stacey Zackin, Manager, WORK_SPACE Direct #: 860.647.6022, szackin@manchesterct.gov

Shannon Burke, Gallery Coordinator WORK_SPACE, 860.647.3168, galleries@WORKSPACEmanchester.com

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