Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties on Sunday, March 6th from 1-4pm! Kids of all ages are invited to make a colorful hanging wire sculpture inspired by the innovative modern artist, Ruth Asawa (1926-1987).
Ruth Asawa was an American artist nationally recognized for her wire sculptures, public art commissions, and her activism in education and the arts. When Ruth was 16, she and her family were interned along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans living along the West Coast of the United States. For many, internment caused irreparable harm, but for Ruth it was the first step on a journey that would profoundly change who she was and what she thought was possible in life. “I would not be who I am today had it not been for the internment,” she said, “and I like who I am.”
Asawa is primarily known for her crocheted wire sculptures, intended to hang from the ceiling. We will be making our own colorful versions for young artists to take home. Asawa felt that art was something in which everyone could participate. “An artist is not special,” she once said. “An artist is an ordinary person who can take ordinary things and make them special.”
Asawa was a contemporary of Miné Okubo, the Japanese American artist whose works, including paintings and drawings of her own time in an internment camp, are featured at the Center. While the two had very different personal lives – for instance, Ruth had six children and Miné had none – and worked in different media, both expanded the horizons of American art in the 20th century.
First Sundays is a seasonal series of free family programs featuring different activities for children and teens at seven different downtown locations.
This post was written by student worker Cynthia Mosley.