“Breaking the Mold: A Celebration of Self” Youth Exhibit & Reception

Author Sara Sternberger

Posted August 7, 2015

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Sculpture Metal Pour and Final Sculpture Display at Mia

Through the generosity of the Minnesota State Arts Board and through Free Arts’s partnership with the Minnesota Institute of Art (Mia), “Breaking the Mold: A Celebration of Self” provided an eight-week metal casting workshop in which youth used found objects to cast aluminum sculptures.  The sculptures will be on display at Mia, allowing the young artists to experience public celebration and critique.

“This is the fourth year in a row that we have partnered with Mia for our Teaching Artist Series, and we are grateful for their continued support of our mission to provide arts mentorship to youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse, or mental illness,” says Sara Sternberger, Free Arts Minnesota’s Executive Director.

The involvement of Sara Hanson, sculptor and Teaching Artist, is particularly intriguing, as her work focuses on asking the participants to share something personal through the collection of items and creating art that leads to self-discovery.  “As a public artist, I bring experiences of exploration and discovery – process and play into communities, public spaces, and unexpected places,” says Hanson.

The youths’ work will be on display for the entire month of September.  For Mia’s museum hours, visit their website here. If you have questions or would like more information, please email or call Courtney at Courtney@freeartsminnesota.org or 612.824.2787.

For photos from the program, visit our Facebook page!

About Free Arts Minnesota
Free Arts Minnesota inspires hope and builds self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors. Visit www.freeartsminnesota.org to learn more about the organization, hear the stories and see the art from the children, as well as learn how you can contribute or volunteer.

About Mia
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), home to one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country, houses more than 80,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history. Highlights of the permanent collection include European masterworks by Rembrandt, Poussin, and van Gogh; modern and contemporary painting and sculpture by Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Stella, and Close; as well as internationally significant collections of prints and drawings, decorative arts, Modernist design, photographs, textiles, and Asian, African, and Native American art. General admission is always free. Some special exhibitions have a nominal admission fee. Museum hours: Sunday, 11 A.M.-5 P.M.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.; Thursday 10 A.M.- 9 P.M.; Monday closed. For more information, call (612) 870-3131 or visit www.artsmia.org.

About Sara Hanson
Hanson’s work emerges from an investigation of astro/geological and self-created recordings of time, human exploration and forms of communication. These ideas translate into her sculptures through the formation of deep-sea and planetary life and the observational equipment/modules that accompany their exploration. The materials she uses, cast metal, lights and lenses, conceptualize the internal/external mechanics of these objects, beings and places. The process of metal casting is essential to the formation of a piece and is the physical manifestation of my exploration.  Lenses and light offer perspective, change perception, and expose internal landscape.