What does the U.S. Constitution actually say? On January 20, 2017, artist Morgan O’Hara took a pen and paper to the central branch of the New York Public Library and began to write her own copy of the document in long hand in what she describes as “a form of protest for introverts.” Since then, there have been some 119 sessions on three different continents and more than 2,000 participants.
Morgan says: “This art practice was created so that people will know their rights, deepen their understanding of laws created to protect these rights, and helps resist negative thinking….The goal of this art practice is to encourage people to hold their own Handwriting sessions on a recurring basis; to create a physical and psychological space that explores the practice of concentrated writing as an art form, and a process designed to bring people together in a quiet and calming way, all by focusing on human rights.”
This summer, we will be hosting the first online version of the Handwriting Project, collaborating with the Old Stone House and other Historic House Trustsites in New York City, as well as a community of artists in Europe. We will meet every Thursday from 12 pm – 2 pm beginning on August 13 and ending on September 17, with a special session on Wednesday, August 26 to observe the Centennial of Ratification of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote. Commit to spending time with the U. S. Constitution, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or choose another document. Participation is casual and members will have the opportunity to share their documents.
Join MJM educator Ms. Angela to look at some of the paintings in the Mansion’s collection and to make your own portrait! Register for FREE and have the following materials with you and ready to go on Saturday:
Materials You Will Need To Bring List:
- White unlined paper
- Scraps of textured or patterned paper (can be scraps or pieces from magazines or newspaper)
- Glue sticks or regular liquid glue
- Colored pencils or markers or water color paints with paintbrush (optional)