Social Arts with Melanie Schambach
Engaging individuals, communities, and institutions
in creating public art working collaboratively through
different participatory formats on specific social issues.
'E Ala E' Red Road
Totem Pole Journey Mural
Community Arts ONLINE!
13 digital murals installed at the Richmond Street Underpass, London, ON!!
75 people, 8 organizations to generate a sense of community and decrease isolation through art creating together digitally a massive digital mural.
Last spring and summer, a 24-foot-long totem pole carved around seven visions by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Nation in Washington State, was taken on a 20,000-mile epic journey across the United States (www.redroadtodc.org). This historic journey brought attention to the need to protect gravely imperiled Native American sacred sites, lands and waters across the United States. The journey began in Bellingham, Washington and ended over three months later on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC, where the totem pole, its vision, and its message were received in person by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.
Over the course of the journey, thousands of people from all walks and ways of life, came to events in tribal communities, on sacred lands, and in towns and cities across the United States. At every event, people were also invited to participate in the creation of a sixteen-by-sixteen-foot commemorative mural. This creative process engaged hundreds of participants who expressed in their images our ancient love affair with—and sacred obligation to—Mother Earth.
Participants created images representing rituals, customs, sacred practices, beliefs, visions, ancestral knowledge, and images from nature that express a connectivity with the Oneness of the world that is, at one time, within and around us.
In response to the 2020-22 global pandemic, we translated creative participatory arts into online formats. And it works! Some of our virtual facilitation includes the creation of participatory virtual murals, expressive arts workshops & online facilitation trainings.