(Community Partnership with Cynthia Tom Arts)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
As a community partnership with Cynthia Tom Arts, PLACE is an arts-based healing and transformation program that asks women to artistically answer the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?”
Born from an Asian American cultural perspective, this arts-based healing program is now open to all women and women of color in particular.
Mission: A PLACE OF HER OWN (PLACE) is dedicated to fostering the mental health and well-being of women. PLACE generates a culturally acceptable, creative place to deeply reconnect with themselves and each other. Encouraging the release of negative patterns, PLACE provides an artistic path towards claiming their rightful power.
PLACE helps unravel and artistically grapple with unresolved historical trauma, providing experiential tools to challenge inter-generational effects of colonization, forced migration, racism and gender oppression.
Background: PLACE began in 2009 at de Young Museum as an artists’ residency created by Cynthia Tom, serving as board president of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA). She posed a simple curatorial question to nine Asian American (AA) artists, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” Surprisingly, participants began sharing stories of deep trauma and violence. The group sharing and the resulting emotionally moving art inspired the program as it stands today. Since then, PLACE has consisted as 5- 10 day workshops and numerous art exhibitions.
In 2014, Cynthia expanded PLACE’s program to its current 6-month workshop format, culminating in an art exhibition and became a standalone organization in order to serve all women and women of color in particular. Remaining a close community partner with AAWAA, PLACE has evolved into an umbrella organization that curates symbiotic arts projects and workshops to inspire healing and transformation for all women and to raise the consciousness and compassion of the communities that surround them.
For more information, please see www.aplaceofherown.org.
Partial Funding by: SF Arts Commission, California Arts Council, NEA FastTrack, Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, The Sequoias, WomenArts.org
PAST A PLACE OF HER OWN EXHIBITIONS