Workshop: Personal Story Box

Past Event


The Kwakiutl tribe created bent wood storage boxes that had multiple uses. Among them, storing important elements of their culture and traditions, such as ceremonial objects, traditional clothing, food, and tools. Some boxes would be ornately carved and would serve as treasure at potlatch ceremonies (ceremonial distribution of property and gifts to affirm or reaffirm social status). In some ways, these boxes would become keepers of a shared cultural identity. These types of boxes have also been used by other artists as a medium for displaying personal identities. The exhibition Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration connects artists that inspire each other across cultures and time periods.

In this workshop, we will explore how the box as an instrument for storytelling and memory keeping has been used by the Kwakiutl and by other modern artists in different ways. Participants will design cardboard boxes and use a variety of materials to display their personal story and illustrate their identity. Attendees are welcome to bring small personal items to add to the project as well. This workshop will be an opportunity for creative personal expression in a relaxed environment.

This workshop is free, but registration is required due to a limited number of spaces.
Register for this event HERE.

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