Powerful Resistance Training Sunday September 17th 5-7 PM
In conjunction with our current exhibit, "Body Language", we would like to invite you to join us for a healing session with Sarah Massey.
Together, we can pivot from fear and despair to strength and positivie power. This 2-hour, interactive workshop aims to support the social justice movement to resist new threats and to create the loving, just community we envision.
The election and the results are unprecedented. I don't need to spell out all that went wrong and what could go wrong. You know it. And, it hurts.
I posit a valuable first step includes developing resiliency within ourselves -- you are strong, you are brave, and you are a leader. You can foster internal resources to bounce back from challenges.
What do we do? How can we assist anyone when our mind is full of anger, when depressed, or overwhelmed?
Let’s breath, let’s get creative, let’s create personal, powerful resiliency so we have the strength to serve.
In this 2-hour, interactive workshop, we will meditate, examine anger and fear, learn about personal resiliency, and create personal plans for developing positivity.
What to bring: A notebook Your contributions Your willingness to be vulnerable
Sarah Massey is a social justice activist and Director of Communications at the National LGBTQ Task Force
Sunday September 17th 5-7 PM Otis Street Arts Project 3706 Otis Street Mount Rainier, MD
Otis Street Arts Project is proud to present Body Language, a show curated by Alma Selimovic, that will feature the works of seven queer
artists/activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia.
The post-Yugoslav region has seen its share of oppressive and dysfunctional governing, warfare and genocide, corruption and inept politics. Human
rights in general and LGBTIQ rights speci cally have suffered as a result of it. People have lived with an acute sense of urgency to resolve issues of
nationalism, discrimination, hostility and social exclusions, but months turned into years and years into decades.
Body Language is an initiative of connecting with queer artists from Post-Yugoslavia and bringing their work to Washington, DC. The goal is to
open an exchange of dialogue concerning issues of importance to both regions.
Body Language includes paintings, photographs, video installations, and a live performance exploring (non)autobiographical stories of bodies, its
expressions, identities, fears and intentions. The exhibit explores issues of gender identity/expression along with its vulnerabilities, hostilities,
transitions and gentleness.
The body is a battleground, the smallest denominator of struggles that take place every day, privately and publicly.
Kristofer Andrić is from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is finishing his BFA (graphic design) at the Art Academy in Sarajevo. His paintings
represent emotions and moments of everyday lives and struggles of transgender individuals before initiating hormonal therapy.
Azra Čaušević is from Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a queer feminist activist, community organizer and one of core-team members of
LGBT*IQA Association Okvir, Azra is passionate about queer spaces of love, memory and resistance. Azra’s work engages video, graphics and
sound production and design.
Ranka Delić is from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She currently works at the University of East Sarajevo, at the Department of World Litera-
ture and Library Science. Her eld of interest is photography, giving her the possibility to dream on the edge of reality. Photography allows Ranka to
express how she feels about herself, about the world inside and around her.
Nedžiba Idrizović is from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nedžiba’s photography explores boundaries set by the society they live in and freedom
within four walls. The work focuses on details and moments of privacy and intimacy that we try to hide from the public. The artist is both in front and
behind the camera, exploring their own freedom, which has been restricted throughout Nedžiba’s life.
Damir Prljača is from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In his photographs, he captures mostly human bodies by deconstructing the shield (made
out of social constructs) that the body represents. He is a director, screenwriter and cameraman who has worked on many
campaign/music videos and documentaries featuring human right issues.
Anita Prša is from Zagreb, Croatia. She studied graphic design at the Art Academy in Zagreb. Anita’s work researches manifestation of feminine
identity via different objects and ritualistic activities. Most often she approaches her work autobiographically using the documentary form of
representation. She often explores repetitive forms that create the effect of rituals as a need to resolve non-passionate patriarchal awareness.
Alex Spyke is from Belgrade, Serbia. He studied art and philosophy, and currently works in the eld of performance art and physical theatre. He uses
his own body as a primary artistic tool. He believes that it is the duty of every artist to bring the audience into the mindset where they can question
outside problems (society politics) and introspectively think about themselves.
Sunday May 21st 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Otis Street Arts Project 3706 Otis Street Mount Rainier, MD Cost: $30 Get tickets HERE
There is a difference between making art and making a living from art. Becoming an established artist requires an understanding of basic business principles that can help you to define strategic goals and establish plans to achieve them.
Join us for a hands-on session where we'll identify goals, resources, scheduling tools and more. At the end of the session, you'll walk away with action items and a tangible plan to reach your goals.
Otis Street Art Project Studio would like to invite you to fundraising event for Alma Selimovic.
Alma is going to Berlin for a two-month residency at the INSTITUTE FÜR ALLES MÖGLICHE in Berlin, Germany. The focus of the residency will be to create digital drawings of people from Eastern Europe who are queer, trans and/or gender neutral. Alma’s drawings will be exhibited in Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The final installation, "In Transition" will be exhibited in the USA and potentially a few other locations.
About the Fundraiser:
This event will feature a presentation by Alma, a screening of a documentary about her activist work in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Queer Sarajevo Festival: Documentary), and an exhibit and silent auction of her sculptural work and smaller works by her sister company RozArt.
All proceeds from the sales will go toward “In Transition” project. Alma would like to compensate travel and time of all of her models. Other expenses are included, such as the creation of a working team that will assist Alma with logistics, audio translations and photography. This project will geographically span Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, in order to reach more people.
A collaborative art project including Ellyn Weiss, Sondra Arkin and Veronica Szalus
Vector-borne diseases, including malaria, dengue and zika, among others, are transmitted by small organisms
(vectors) such as mosquitoes, eas or ticks that carry pathogens from animals to humans, person to person
and place to place. As the earth warms and climate changes, the environment conducive to the spread of these
diseases expands, exposing vulnerable new populations that lack any protection to these pathogens. In these
circumstances, vector-borne diseases can spread rapidly and in unexpected ways, posing severe challenges
to national governments, international health systems and the world’s population. We see this today with the
outbreak of zika. The amount of greenhouse gases already in the environment ensures that the phenomenon
will only increase for at least the medium-term future regardless of the success of efforts to curtail emissions of
Artists Ellyn Weiss, Sondra Arkin and Veronica Szalus have been exhibiting their work locally and nationally for over
20 years; all have signi cant experience creating installation art, as well as more traditional wall-hung work.
Weiss and Arkin, for example, collaborated on a gallery- lling installation at the Gateway Arts Center entitled
“Big Ideas”, concerned with the evolution of the area now known as the Gateway Arts District. Weiss collabo-
rated on a climate change-related installation created at the American Association for the Advancement of Sci-
ence and at the McLean Project for the Arts, called “Voyage of Discovery”, which evoked a trip to the melting
polar regions. Szalus has created numerous installations, often using fragile and ethereal materials to address the
impact of the environment upon them and allow the viewer to become a witness to temporary conditions that
frame our lives.
Sound art created for the exhibition by Barry Schmetter Access sound HERE Hours:
By Appointment M-F