Treasure Grove

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    Cheryl Demuth

    Please join us starting October 3rd to create TREASURE GROVE, an Arts and Writing workshop @ the YMCA Playspace, Kingston. Children ages 8-12.

    TREASURE GROVE will be a new permanent addition to the YMCA playspace ! A special place created by children for children ! Over 4 consecutive Sundays in October, we will be planting a willow tunnel; creating little sculptures and treasures with found objects & natural material + building a gallery space out of locally harvested driftwood ~ ALL while exploring and reflecting our thoughts and ideas together through facilitated writing workshops, led by Sally & Grace. Short descriptions are below + a flyer to follow.

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    Feel free to drop us a line with any questions or concerns. We would love to hear from you !

    With warmth,

    Sally & Grace

    Who we are

    Sally Chakwin is a Caregiver, Educator, and Writer. Her practice focuses on developing compassion, making meaning, and exploring the strength of vulnerability through community connection and reflection. She has facilitated workshops for the Hudson Valley Writing Project, Evolve Early Education Conference, and Livingston Street Early Childhood Community. She currently teaches in Kingston, NY.

    Grace Villamil is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the interconnectivity between humans and nature through the synthesis of imagery, sound, movement, and material. Her first community sculpture in Kingston, TAYO, supported by the Kingston Arts Council, was at Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening Plaza, last Fall. Grace’s studio is based in Kingston.


    TREASURE GROVE @ the YMCA Playspace

    A hands-on creative Arts & Writing workshop for children aged 8-12.

    Hosted by Sally Chakwin & Grace Villamil

    *This is a free workshop held outside and will follow Covid Procedures/Policies

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Creating the Grove

    Our first gathering is introducing ourselves & the project + planting/building the willow tunnel.

    Reflection & conversation : Planting & our intentions

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10th 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Creating the Treasure

    We will openly explore materials such as fabric, thread, beads, willow, reeds etc and create treasures from them. These creations will beautify the tunnel.

    Reflection & Writing : The Power of Words & Weaving as community

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17th 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM: Raising our Voices

    We will build a gallery wall made of locally sourced driftwood, as a place of honor and attention to children’s art and its power as the voice of our community.

    It will house our Treasure creations created the prior week, until the willow tunnel is strong & ready to hold them.

    This driftwood gallery created by the community will have rotating kids’ artworks moving into the future.

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24th time TBD Celebrating Community
    Our final meeting is to celebrate and acknowledge our time together. Families and friends will be invited to witness Treasure Grove and see how our children have created this
    beautiful contribution for the community.
    Please RSVP below

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