ZCAF's BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY
and Activists address the role of guns in our culture,
holding dialogue on gun violence, action, protection, trauma and healing.
Curated by Elizabeth Ashe, Play,
Protection, or Peril is an exhibition of
2-D, sculpture, performance art, and public programming which explores guns
as a source of so many perspectives. A gun is not deemed necessary to
function, i.e., like a cell phone, shoes, or warm winter jacket, yet the
right to own one is written into our Constitution. Our public programming is
based on building relationships with legislative and community nonprofits
who address gun violence. What we need
here, in our nation's capital, is art to cross the divide and inspire
discussions between the naivety of childhood games, those who need guns to
feel safe, those they impact, and those who fear that guns are destroying
the fabric of our society.
Hand's on Workshop (HOW) are designed to provides area youths
with a fun and supportive atmosphere that reinforces classroom teaching,
infusing academic and career-focused information within the context of a
project-based arts education program that focuses on the needs of various
learning styles – all with the focus on bridging the ‘achievement gap’ inner
city young adults confront.
Mobile Woodshop and Urban Saw Mill and Forestry Education
With our goal to teach a new generation
skills, specifically woodworking and urban forest stewardship, we will raise
public awareness about the value of our urban forests to the city, local
economy, and the environment. An effective approach to urban forest
stewardship must target and engage students, who are the future stewards of
this valuable resource.
In addition, the mobile woodshop can be used for art projects throughout the
city and in the parks. We will encourage other non-profits to utilize our
mobile woodworking facilities and offer them to city festivals, community
projects, and disaster relief. The uses for a mobile woodshop are vast.
The Food Glorious Food Program
raised more than $100,000 for the Capital Area Food Bank in just six
years. In addition to raising money to help feed the hungry, in 2010-2012,
this program included an educational component we dubbed The
Sustainable and Scrumptious Program. Through this offshoot program,
ZCAF coordinated the development of a unique curriculum. Dietitians and classroom educators, working with
ZCAF, developed these cross-curricular lesson plans to intergrate visual
art, science, home economics, and health class elements.
The project, in addition to engaging participating children’s imaginations
through the creation of unique works of art, also created greater awareness
amongst the children of their local ecosystem, their place in it, and where
food comes from, while at the same time, promoted healthy, sustainable
dining. This program concluded with 21 tiles created that featured
images of the childrens' food sculptures, transformed into a permenent
mural, installed by ZCAF in August of 2012, at the Oyster-Adams School,
The Food Glorious Food
was a unique collaboration between artists, top area chefs, businesses and
individuals that has raised more than $100,000 for the Capital Area Food
Bank in just four years. Launched in 2005, the mix of food, art and
charity includes a month-long art show of food in all its fabulous forms; a
calendar with art from the show and delectable recipes; and a calendar
launch party and silent auction.
The Freedom Place Collection
of 56 privately held works by preeminent African American artists Romare
Bearden, Benny Andrews, Alma Thomas, Robert Freeman and Richard Yarde was an
immediate success when it was unveiled by ZCAF at Zenith Gallery,
Washington, DC, in fall 2007. Since then, the collection has been shown at
Meridian House International and Congressional Bank in Washington DC, the
University of New England in Camden, Maine and at Monroe Community College's
Mercer Gallery in Rochester, New York.
for environmental initiatives, was launched in 2008 to increase awareness of
America?s endangered natural treasures. Its inaugural project,
What Remains: The American Landscape Portfolio of limited-edition
prints, benefits the environment through the sale of giclee prints of
renowned realist painter Bradley Stevens's majestic landscapes. Its first
beneficiary is the Trust for Public Land and other non-profit environmental
groups will be added as the program expands.