For this year’s Adornment show, the apprentice artists of Van Go have created artwork with the guiding theme of “A Seat at the Table.”
It’s inspired by Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to serve in the United States Congress, and her famous quote: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
“The Arts Train youth have each thoughtfully designed a chair representing their ‘Seat at the Table,'” according to a news release from Van Go, the Lawrence arts-based social service agency that provides programs for high-needs and underserved youth. “In addition to the chairs, this Adornment Show is focused on tableware for use as you gather with old friends and invite new ones to your table.”
Some of the wide range of items featured in the online store include plates, serving dishes, coasters, keychains, necklaces and more.
The Arts Train Apprentice Artist Jacob Kennedy, 21, said of the theme of his chair that space represents freedom and endless opportunity.
“You have the ability to find yourself without outside influence or being silenced. People are often being forced to think a certain way, deliberate or not,” Kennedy said in the release. “This stops people’s creativity and their own way of thinking and that is unacceptable. For example, if someone is protesting or portraying a certain way of thinking, there will always be someone standing in their way to silence them.
“It is important for my chair to be at the table because it represents the idea of free thinking and the ability to be yourself,” he said.
Adornment is free and open to the public. Item prices start at $3. This year’s event is sponsored by Evergy and Tequa Creek.
“Support local makers this holiday season – no shipping delays here!” the news release states.
Don’t miss a beat … Click here to sign up for our email newsletters
For upcoming events in Lawrence and Douglas County, holiday and otherwise:
More holiday coverage
Christmas is a time for celebrating the season and a time for cutting down trees — and that holiday tradition sometimes leads to discussions about what’s best for the environment: Is it greener to buy a real tree or a fake tree, or abstain altogether?
Whether you’re hoping to catch a holiday music performance or looking to explore the connection among art, music and community, a hometown artist and his collaborators have you covered in three upcoming shows.
The Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, returning after a year off, drew a crowd to Massachusetts Street Saturday morning.
Tickets are free for the University of Kansas School of Music’s 97th annual Holiday Vespers and Jazz Vespers, and there is an option to livestream the performances this year.
Continuing an annual tradition Sunday, Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Lawrence invited the community to a special celebration of the beginning of Hanukkah.
For this year’s Adornment show, the apprentice artists of Van Go have created artwork with the guiding theme of “A Seat at the Table,” inspired by Shirley Chisholm. The show opens to the public Sunday.