Lunchbox moments are the formative occurrences in many Asian American kids' lives where a traditional Asian meal is eaten at school and peers in the lunchroom have some reaction, whether it be positive or negative. I have a lunchbox moment; my mom has a lunchbox moment; nearly all of my AAPI peers have a lunchbox moment. These stories make up a collective identity that is equal parts profound, beautiful, comical, and heartbreaking. In order to share these stories and empower the AAPI community in light of recent attacks on Asian Americans in the U.S., I will be creating the art installation: Lunchbox Moments: Seek Understanding. Share Stories. Stop Hate. I have been collecting narratives from members of the AAPI community and physically writing their stories onto spray-painted lunch boxes. This visual representation of storytelling showcases the Asian-American experience. It empowers marginalized voices by providing a platform to raise awareness and eliminate hate in the AAPI community. Get involved by sharing your story or registering for a workshop where you can create your own work of art and contribute to the exhibition (no experience necessary).
Who are workshops for?
Members of the AAPI community (workshops will be available to non-AAPI audiences at a later date). Workshops are available for adults and individuals 15+. Follow the registration link below to select a workshop window that works best for you.
When are workshops held?
Tuesday, July 13, 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center
Tuesday, July 20, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at The Millworks
Wednesday, July 21, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center
Where are workshops held?
340 Verbeke Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
Carlisle Arts Learning Center
38 West Pomfret Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
What can I expect at a workshop?
Workshops will be around 2 hours long and will include a time to share stories, record stories, and create your own painted lunchbox art piece. I will be leading participants through painting and typography techniques. The works of art created during a workshop will be added to the lunchbox installation. All materials are provided and no art experience is necessary!
Do I need to bring anything?
Nope! Workshops are free and all materials are provided. We will be working with paint so keep that in mind when picking out your outfit:)