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Arte Preescolar y Familiar 

En este programa, invitamos a niños de 3 a 6 años a hacer arte. En esta clase de arte continua basada en el juego, nos enfocamos en la socialización, la conexión, el aprendizaje sensorial y el fomento de la imaginación. 

El arte juega un papel importante en el desarrollo de las habilidades motoras finas, la fuerza de las manos y la coordinación.


En este programa, nos enfocamos en la socialización, la conexión, el aprendizaje sensorial basado en el juego y el fomento de la imaginación.  Las clases comienzan con una historia compartida en grupo donde leemos un libro ilustrado sobre un artista, luego pasamos a la creación de arte.  


Dentro de nuestro trabajo artístico, los niños comprenden las líneas y las formas, el color, la acuarela, el grabado, el tejido, la escultura y otras formas de arte. Más allá de hacer obras de arte, nuestros artistas más jóvenes practican la autoexpresión y la creatividad con un propósito para prepararlos en sus viajes creativos. En estas lecciones, el proceso se trata del enfoque, no del producto.  


Las clases son muy pequeñas, con 8 niños por 1 maestro.


La clase es de una hora de duración, semanal y continua. 

Exhibition Statement 

At the heart of "because you're [mine.]" lies the exploration of self-possession as a radical act against the backdrop of a white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy. This exhibition unveils the everyday magic in mundane gestures and the intentional magic hidden in plain sight—magic cast through mobiles, sculptural installations, and performative pieces that declare autonomy and presence.

The title, "because you're [mine.]," challenges the notion of possession, reclaiming it as a form of self-dedication and empowerment. It reflects a commitment to oneself, highlighting that no external entity holds dominion over one's body, spirit, or creative output. Drawing from storäe michele's roots in African diasporic folklore and Courtney Kessel’s introspective examination of motherhood, the exhibition fosters a dialogue about personal and collective identity, resilience, and the transformative power of art.

Inspired by Audre Lorde's assertion that "self-care is not a luxury," and propelled by the lived experiences of the artists, "because you're [mine.]" is an affirmation of self-care as a revolutionary act. It invites viewers to witness and engage with the layers of meaning and resistance embedded within the art, urging a reflective journey into the realms of autonomy and magical realism.

This exhibition is a spell cast, a claim staked, an invitation to see the magic imbued in every act of living and being—because we are, unequivocally, ours.

The artists share the following - 

"because you're [mine.]

because self-possession is the antithesis to white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy. because our mundane gestures hold intentionality–our magic hides in plain sight. because our existence tells the story of dedication to one’s self, and as Audre Lorde has taught us, “self-care is not a luxury.” because we have mothered ourselves, nurtured our loved ones and still make time for self-pleasure(s). 

because we are ours.

 because you’re [mine.]"


This exhibition is view from June 7 - August 2

Opening Reception Shared After the Opening

About the Artists

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storäe michele

storäe michele (they/them)—a self-given name speaking to the sacred act of storytelling—is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, poet, playwright, theologian and seasoned educator. their experimental films, performances, and choreopoems center black femmes, honoring their
routes to authenticity— the reclamation of body, sexuality and personhood—which serve as reminders of how to create brave space as black queer wild + holy beings.

storäe returns to African diasporic folklore as a practice of story-weaving. by integrating archives of black folx, exploring ancestral accounts + documenting dreamworlds as transformative spells for healing, their art provides pathways toward future world-making.

their first film, [the listening heart] (2017), earned the Robert E. Seaver Award granted by Union Theological Seminary and has been officially selected by film festivals in Berlin, New York, Carbondale, Colorado and Cannes. their directorial debut was celebrated on the front cover of Women CineMakers, a digital magazine in Berlin.

storäe is a Lambda Literary Fellow (Playwriting Cohort, 2021) and their choreopoem, mama [rose], was nominated for the 2022 LGBTQ Drama Lammy Award. storäe is a fellow for the
2023 Baldwin for the Arts Residency and the 2023 Greenhouse Residency (SPACE on Ryder Farm). their upcoming performance piece [claustrophobia], is supported by Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics & Social Justice as a Rapid
Response grant recipient .

storäe has a Master of Professional Studies graduate in Creative Arts Therapy + Creativity Development, Pratt Institute (2008), also holds an Interdisciplinary Master of Divinity graduate of Union Theological Seminary (2017), and has earned a Master of Fine Arts in Performance +
Performance Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY (2021).

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Courtney Kessel

Courtney Kessel (she/her) is a mother, artist, academic, and arts administrator living and working in Athens, Ohio. Kessel exhibits her work nationally and internationally including the China Art Museum, Shanghai, New Maternalisms, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago Chile and New Maternalisms: Redux at the University of Alberta, Canada, FAMILY MATTERS: Living and Representing Today’s Family, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy, the Tampa Museum of Art, and Exit Art, New York, New York. She has lectured on her work and research in both universities and museums from the Norton Museum of Art to Brigham Young University Art Museum.

Through sculpture, photography, performance, video, and sound, Courtney Kessel’s work strives to make visible the quiet, understated, and often unseen love and labor of motherhood. In the annual performance piece, In Balance With (2010-present), Kessel presents a version of the maternal which investigates collaboration with her (now 18-year-old) daughter, as a visible, changeable aspect of mothering. Other projects of which reflect over a decade of research into the subjective maternal include: Mother Lode, Symphony of the Domestic, Cut From the Same, Fabric of Life and the video Sharing Space.

Kessel is the Assistant Director for Experiential Learning for Ohio University and teaches in the School of Art + Design, Athens, Ohio.  

Education: PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Arts, Scholar/Artist track (anticipated 2025), MFA in Sculpture & Expanded Practices and a certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies (2012) from Ohio University, BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art (1998). She studied abroad at Temple University Rome, Italy from 1995-1996.

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