When I attended GIA in 2007, it exposed me to an expression of self and creative collaboration that was harmoniously diverse. In Samuel’s experimental drawing class I quickly learned that one person’s perception and recreation of an object or face would differ. With guidance and a safe space we could critique and value the beauties and weaknesses in each drawing. I felt supported by our collective narrative and challenged by each of our individual discoveries.
This May, I graduated from Smith College with a BA in Anthropology. In my last semester I wrote a special studies and acted in a main stage theatre production. The special study, asked me to write narrative from interviews I conducted and the theatre production pushed me to move and express narrative physically.
Shortly before graduating, a professor recommended puppetry to me. A memory of building “one who conquers by nature,” a tall puppet that rested on my back and lumbered down the streets of Castleton, Vermont came to mind. When I found the Free Columbia Puppetry Project I couldn’t resist getting involved. Not unlike GIA, it is a group dedicated to nurturing self expression and collaborative creativity through art. I encourage GIA friends to read more about Free Columbia’s project and I hope you will contribute or share Free Columbia with your friends. Check out our Kickstarter to learn more (expiring soon!).