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"Fundzine," Fundred Zine Workshop with Sarahti Gassmalla
Mar
11
2:30 PM14:30

"Fundzine," Fundred Zine Workshop with Sarahti Gassmalla

From Fundred Reserve Open Lab

"Do you know there’s an invisible chemical element, lead, that was widely used in paint and plumbing in housing and public buildings and still places millions of kids at risk of poisoning? Even at low levels of exposure, lead can affect brain development and cause learning disabilities, lowered IQ, behavior and attention problems, hearing damage, nervous system and kidney damage.

Sounds dangerous, right? It can be prevented!

Join us with the emerging artist Sarahti Gassmalla at the Fundred Reserve Open Lab for the Fundzine Workshop. Let’s TALK, EAT, and MAKE ZINES! We encourage open dialogues and creativity; we will present and share materials, but you’re also welcome to bring any written or graphic materials about LEAD ISSUES, CHILDHOOD HEALTH ISSUES, CLEAN WATER ISSUES…and, of course, the FUNDRED project, for making your zine!

YOU, and your Fundzine, will become a new interpretation of the Fundred Project in addition to the existing artworks, videos, animations, and be collected and displayed in the Fundred Reserve Open Lab and online through the Fundred website and social media. By #Fundzine, you and your friends could view zines you made from the workshop and obtain knowledge about the Fundred project from various approaches.

We’ll see you there!

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About the Artist:

Sarahti Gassmalla is an amateur artist and a senior high school student in School Without Walls of Washington DC. She enjoys experimenting with multiple mediums and has displayed her work at BlerdCon 2017 in Crystal City and DC Zine Fest 2017 with Fantom Comics. Sarahti worked with the Fundred team as a volunteer last year and will engage more young people who care and are willing to help to build a lead-free future for all the youth."

 

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Jennaway Pearson presents Fugitive Collective Linoleum Print Workshop

from Fundred Reserve Open Lab...

"Join Jennaway Pearson for a workshop on the process of linoleum printing, where we will create energized graphics related to lead education and the art of the Fundred Project. The prints created during this workshop series will be used as elements for our upcoming engagements in DC in March, including planned visits to representatives on the Hill.

An iconography of engagement has emerged from the Fundred Project, and prints created during the workshop will help encourage lawmakers to see the value of their constituents’ Fundreds and how it represents their quest to be free of lead. Carve your own block, walk away with a print of your own, and leave one for the project. Participants are invited to join us for Hill Day as well.

"Linocut" is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The cut areas can then be pulled from the backing. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller or (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

Fundred will provide resources including print outs and graphics that can be used to inspire imagery for your prints. Fundred Reserve Open Lab Manager and Curator Dawne Langford will share more about project ideas and upcoming events.

Jennaway Pearson is a Printmaker and Book Artist living and working in Washington, DC. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at American University and George Washington University. Pearson recently worked at Penland School of Art and Crafts, Sarvisberry Studios, Venice Printmaking Studio, and Handprint Workshop International, and is a curator and printer for "Forever", "Relax", and "Borders" portfolios.

This event is free and open to the public, though space is limited. Please register in advance."

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Feb
11
1:30 PM13:30

Lead Stories DC Workshop with Visiting Artist, Watie White

from Fundred Reserve Open Lab...

Lead Stories, a public project created in Omaha, NE, combines woodblock portraits with text based narratives of individual residents and community leaders directly impacted by lead poisoning and working on solutions. Each print was featured on the back page of the Omaha Star throughout the year in 2017.

On Sunday, February 11, Fundred Reserve Open Lab will host a workshop where White will share more about his artistic practice and launch the collection of new portraits and stories from DC for his Lead Stories series. Do you have a story about the presence of lead in DC?

Through the Lead Stories series, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Watie White Studio, and the Omaha Star put a very human face on the devastating effects of lead in North Omaha, a community that has faced lead contamination through multiple sources for decades. The city of Omaha, Nebraska, has one of the nation's largest superfund sites, where the surface soil is contaminated as a result of deposits of polluted air emissions from historic lead smelting and refining operations. About one out of three residential yards have lead in the soil at concentrations above the health-based limit of 400 parts per million (ppm). Washington, D.C. has a complicated struggle with the presence of lead. We think it is important to document the stories of Individiduals that have been affected either personally or indirectly by this pervasive, but under-recognized issue.

Watie White is a painter, printmaker and public artist based in Omaha, Nebraska. Watie’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), the Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis, MN), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), the Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA), The Dixon Galleries and Gardens (Memphis, TN) and Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC). Watie’s studio has produced recent public art projects in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity-Omaha, InCommon Community Development, and Justice for Our Neighbors-NE, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Omaha Housing Authority and Omaha Public Schools.

 

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Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

Watie White: Social Portraits/LEAD Stories Opening

From Fundred Reserve Open Lab...

Visiting artist Watie White will show and discuss some of the work from Lead Stories, a public project created in Omaha, NE, featuring woodblock prints and narratives of individuals directly impacted by lead poisoning and those working on solutions. Each print was featured on the back page of the Omaha Star throughout the year in 2017.

Through this work, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Watie White Studio, and the Omaha Star put a very human face on the devastating effects of lead in North Omaha, a community that has faced lead contamination through multiple sources for decades. Every month, LEAD Stories shared the perspectives of both residents and community leaders in North Omaha, examined how lead exposure affects their community, and elevate real solutions to remediate the problem. The city of Omaha, Nebraska, has one of the nation's largest superfund sites, where the surface soil is contaminated as a result of deposits of air emissions from historic lead smelting and refining operations. About one out of three residential yards have lead in the soil at concentrations above the health-based limit of 400 parts per million (ppm).

The Lead Stories original woodblock prints will be displayed alongside the newspaper ephemera, and White will create a new installation for H-Space.

Watie White is a painter, printmaker and public artist based in Omaha, Nebraska. Watie’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), the Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis, MN), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), the Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA), The Dixon Galleries and Gardens (Memphis, TN) and Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC). Watie’s studio has produced recent public art projects in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity-Omaha, InCommon Community Development, and Justice for Our Neighbors-NE, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Omaha Housing Authority and Omaha Public Schools.

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Jan
27
1:30 PM13:30

UDC and Black Millennials for Flint Presentations on Lead in DC, Problems and Solutions

Details from Fundred Reserve Open Lab...

"Students Mariana C. Barros, Natashia Benjamin, and Autumn Dunavant from UDC will present a selection of maps designed to explore local lead impacts and increase visibility of this under-reported issue. Through the use of data visualization, their final projects juxtapose publicly sourced data on lead pipes, demographics, schools, health facilities and other intersections.

We will also hear about the work of the organization, Black Millennials for Flint, who recently through their work created an amendment to DC Law requiring all public and charter schools, as well as children’s health and care facilities, to remedy and monitor all lead pipes and fixtures, with transparency to the public. We will learn more about the new projects they are launching. Black Millennials For Flint (#BM4F) is a grassroots environmental justice and civil rights organization with the purpose of bringing like-minded organizations together to collectively take action and advocate against the crisis of lead exposure, specifically in African American & Latino communities throughout the nation."

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Plumbing the Depths: The Big Picture on Lead by Dave Haffner
Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

Plumbing the Depths: The Big Picture on Lead by Dave Haffner

Lead has been valued for its unique properties since prehistoric times and, more recently, used with significant success in science and technology. But as we know, lead poisoning is a very real issue, especially for children, and our relationship with lead in the industrial age has been complex. We will explore lead from a scientific and historical perspective; why it is so toxic in the home, how it is created in exploding stars, how scientists use it to tell the age of the Earth, and what lead tells us about the rise and fall of the Roman empire. A greater understanding of lead and our relationship with it may help us work more effectively to address the urgent problems we have with this element in our communities and will certainly give us plenty of interesting things to think about.

This talk will be presented by Dave Haffner, an Earth scientist who works on measuring stratospheric ozone and air pollution with NASA. He previously studied the chemistry of the Earth and oceans at U.C. San Diego and environmental impacts of heavy metal mining working with the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

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