Schedule for Glazing: 10/28 & 11/3

IMG_3637IMG_3639Hi! Great news, Joe Bradley, at GWU/Corcoran Ceramics Department is going to fire our fish this week and we will be able to glaze them at my studio:

So, Phase 2:

THIS SUNDAY (October 28th) between 4-6 pm.  

ALSO if you didn’t get to make a fish you can make a fish then!  

If you can’t make it on October 28th, we will also offer a second opportunity for glazing on Saturday, November 3rd from 4-6 pm  (to RSVP text 202-425-6772)

Phase 3: Live Interview on WOWD Talk of Takoma with editor/host Eric Bond on Sunday, November 11th @ 2 pm  (looking for neighborhood participants to join Judybeth for interview)

Phase 4 Sunday, November 18th: 12:00-3 PM:  FISH STiCKS  RELEASE PARTY!!!

             Collective FiSH PHOTO at 1 pm @ Judybeth’s studio

FiSH STiCKS takes off! (updated 10/24)

Fish STICKS

About FiSH STiCKS:

Welcome to the FiSH STiCKS blog, neighbors! Where all things FiSH STiCKS-related will be housed. 

FiSH STiCKS is a new community art project designed by neighborhood artist/educator Judybeth Greene.  It entails hand-making fish from clay to put on curvy yard sticks to visually reflect that all of us unique individuals are swimming in this world together. FiSH STiCKS is a community art intervention, designed to bring a diverse neighborhood into more active engagement and create a deeper sense of connection and support.

FiSH STiCKS is supported by a project grant from the Takoma Foundation administered through Arts on the Block.  Logistical support was provided during the kick off event by several Takoma Park middle schoolers involved in Difference Makers, and Michelle Faulkner-Forner, from Arts on the Block.   The FiSH will be cooked (bisque-fired & glaze-fired) at kilns at the Takoma Park Recreation Center and the Corcoran School of Art/George Washington University. 

Time Line:

Phase 1: Making the FiSH began on 10/14/18  New Hampshire Gardens neighbors can reach out to Judybeth if you missed it and want to make FiSH on Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm (to RSVP text 202-425-6772)

Phase 2: Glazing the FiSH Sunday, October 28 from 4-6 pm @ Glenside Art Studio). If you can’t make it on October 28th, we will also offer a second opportunity for glazing on Saturday, November 3rd from 4-6 pm  (to RSVP text 202-425-6772)

Phase 3: Pick up Glazed Fish, Add STiCKS and embellishments:                                        Sunday, November 11th from 9-11 am

Phase 4: Live Interview on WOWD Talk of Takoma with editor/host Eric Bond on Sunday, November 11th @ 2 pm  (looking for neighborhood participants to join Judybeth for interview)

Making the FiSH

On Saturday, October 14th, we kicked off the FiSH STiCKS project at the New Hampshire Gardens Community Association’s Fall Festival.  The festival itself had a great turnout, largely due to the hard work of the neighborhood association including Hannah Guedenet, Hayley Carpenter, and Carolyn Bobb.

People were at our booth non-stop from the time we started. Okay, so it was raining and the fact that we a tent helped… but still, they came.  First came the Difference Makers, 8-10 middle schoolers who learned how to make clay fish.  Then they and Michelle Forner from AOB helped me teach many people in the neighborhood, English and Spanish speakers of all ages, how to make their own clay fish.  By the end of the festival there were 39 fish made, along with several other clay pieces.

Here are photos taken by Michelle Forner-Faulkner:

community mingling fish

hands on fish making

young girl & fisheleanor&fishPlus a few Naveen took documenting the process (we’ll figure out a way to share her documentary step-by-step videos at some point, too)IMG_3593:

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And a few I took:IMG_3631IMG_3625

Thanks again to all the neighbors and volunteers who joined us to begin this new community journey!

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me on this journey with FiSH STiCKS!

Now let me share the story of this project… It’s a bit long, but, this is, after all, a fish story.

The story began with an assignment in 2015 from my Art Education in Museum & Community Settings course at the Corcoran School of Art & Design (now GWU).  The course was taught by Melissa Green (Artreach at the ARC) and Meagan Estep (the Phillips Collection).  Melissa charged us to create a community art program focusing on the artistic creation of fish.

“True arts engagement makes all things possible.”                                     

— Judybeth Greene

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Fish windsocket, created by ARTREACH for Anacostia River Festival Fish Bike Parade (2014)

At the time, Melissa was involved in a program to help attract people to the 11th Street Bridge Park celebration with the Anacostia River Festival Fish Bike Parade.   Workshops were held throughout the city to create fish windsockets to fly behind bicycles as hundreds of people biked to the festival. Super cool!

As my project, I created FiSH STiCKS, to address the fact that while we have a fabulously integrated neighborhood in New Hampshire Gardens, we don’t really know each other, especially cross-culturally.  By creating an easily accessible art project on site, with multiple points of contact, I thought we might get to know each other more across these potential divides and become more of an integrated community.

When I first wanted to implement this program in the New Hampshire Gardens community, I found some enthusiasm but also other priorities within the neighborhood association.  In the end, I helped bring Art for the People in to supported the NHGCA  application for a Takoma Park Community Grant for a neighborhood language survey and an art project.  Talisha Searcy, Carolyn Bobb, Melissa Hopkins Taggart and Jessie Crain were the talented NHGCA leaders who submitted the application.

The grant was awarded, and the art result was the wonderful sign at the corner of Glenside and Carroll, designed and implemented by Art for the People artist Alice Sims and Luke Vawter in consultation with the NHGCA, and finished with the assistance of neighborhood residents.

Meanwhile, I implemented a “Beta” FiSH project with friends of my daughter and created more “Beta” FiSH with neighbors at a New Hampshire Garden Fall Party at the Becca Lily Park in 2016.  This project was supported by Art for the People, which provided funds for the glazes, and GWU/Corcoran School of Art which fired the FiSH in their kiln.

Which catches us up to this year’s FiSH STiCKS launch……