DSC_0669by: Sue Dumm, SlingShot Community Liaison

Marinella Senatore. Building Communities is the title of the current exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Several visual artists from SlingShot and a group of performing artists from the Alpha Adult Day Program will participate in the interactive setting every Thursday from 12:30 – 2:30 until August 17th.

“Marinella Sentatore is an artist whose vibrantly inclusive practice most certainly lives up to MCASB’s mission to support meaningful engagement with the art of our time. Her visionary work is composed of inspiring creativity amidst a diverse array of community involvement.” – Brooke Kellaway, Coordinating Curator at MCASB

SlingShot artists explored the three platforms designed for community

Lavena watching the video and Daisy getting ready to dance on the mat.

Lavena watching the video and Daisy getting ready to dance on the mat.

interactions. Lavena intently watched the multiple videos monitors of people creating their art for this exhibition in other parts of the world. She liked “exercising” and hearing people speak Italian.

Daisy gleefully danced on the bright red mat in the School Of Interpretive Dance. She wore a bell bracelet that tinkled as brightly as she smiled.

Members of the Performing Arts group ran lines together (for the annual AlphaFest play in October) on the movie set. Over the next several weeks they will film the practice

The performing arts group running lines

The performing arts group running lines

runs. Bev, Sue and Allison tried to remember the words to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. The MCASB staff were encouraged to get in on the fun too!

Kim said the looping video from Southern Italy had a sequence that “reminded her of young people going to a prom. The style of clothing, music and method of interacting as a community seemed different from people in Santa Barbara”. Kim is creating a journal in the story telling platform.

Kim working on her journal

Kim working on her journal

Marc, Michael, and Maria had an increased level of focus as they worked on their respective drawings. Each enjoyed being in the quiet and modern environment. Terri began an embroidery piece that will be given to the

The beginnings of Terri's embroidery piece

The beginnings of Terri’s embroidery piece

exhibition artists. Terri wants me to bring a desk lamp since threading the needle was tough in the dimly lit space. Members of the community wander through the museum while we work asking questions. Please come by and share your thoughts! The museum is located on the second floor of Paseo Nuevo. We are documenting our participation over the 12 week event with photographs and interviews.