Resurgence of Magic is part of the Interactive Workshop Series, led by Blanka Amezkua.
This is an invitation to collectively create a variety of art objects and a text, taking into consideration materials that you have readily available in your home, while contemplating the effects of COVID-19 in our lives. These virtual workshops will invite you to reflect on your current state of mind, how you think of others, what has given you strength during these times, about the things you are missing, and much more. It is my hope that through our collective creative undertaking we harness a little magic and we bring forth good energy that will extend beyond us and that will allow us to reflect on the current state of the world.
All work should fit inside a 9×12 manila envelope. Participants that complete at least 5 workshops will be invited to exhibit their work in a group show at AAA3A in the fall, TBA.
“Magic is a practical art consisting of acts which are only means to a definite end expected to follow later on”, says Bronislaw Malinowski.
The understanding of magic in the western world varies tremendously from other worldviews. The supernatural abilities inherited and understood in other parts of the world do not exist here. For example, the use of a lucky item or ritual, in some cultures, is assumed to increase the probability that one will perform at a level so that one can achieve a desired goal or outcome. Not necessarily the case here, we know that in order to achieve certain outcomes, there is a system in place and a science, which more or less guides us. And that system is never paired with any remote notion of magic. Yet, all early societies started as believers in magic and some continue to allow it to exist and shape their understanding of life and the cause and consequence in it.
The first of eight sessions will take place on May 20, 2020, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 01:30 p.m.
To RSVP, please visit here.
About Bronx Council On The Arts
Founded by visionary community leaders in 1962, the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is dedicated to advancing cultural equity in Bronx. From creative placemaking and arts advocacy to the provision of services for artists and arts organizations, as well as programming for children and seniors, BCA was the first organization in Bronx to focus equally on supporting local artists, serving the community, and catalyzing relationships between the two.
Since its founding, BCA has focused on the work of underrepresented groups, especially artists of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. We provide direct services to over 1,000 artists and 250 community-based arts groups each year, and thanks to our granting programs, we are able to touch the lives of over thousands of audience members.
Bronx Council On The Arts
2700 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461