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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

exhibitions
December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived exhibitions
Jan 1 Tuesday, January 1
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

Lindsey Wolkowicz, Dean Valadez, David Kasir, Brian Carlson, Reginald Baylor

Curated by Fahimeh Vahdat

Home is the internalized generative dynamic concept of who "we" are, collectively. Our group, be that a family, tribe, community, homeland, even our world, manifests an idea of home. The structures we build, or purchase or occupy, are attached to this idea, and may affect and are affected by the idea. They may symbolize "home." The homes may be designed to be a parallel to what our idea of ourselves is, or what we would like to be. The structures themselves may stand as markers for relationships which suffered or died. For each of us, "home" has various and often conflicted meanings. 

Home is the physical context for family, the "where" that we live, within which our lives unfold. Home may represent security, or conversely may represent danger. Home may be sanctuary from the rest of the world. It may be the arena within which you may be your authentic self. You have the right to control, to arrange, to design to decorate this small piece of the worldyour home. Home is a vessel, a container for your belongings, your thoughts, and your dreams. For countless numbers of people, for the elderly, for refugees, the exiled, the displaced or dispossessed, home may represent all one has lost. Whether or not one has a home, above all, home represents "the familiar." 

As Bachelard states, "...both room and house are psychological diagrams that guide writers and poets in their analysis of intimacy". The five artists I have selected for this exhibition are working on images dealing with the psycho-dynamics of "home." Each in her / his way, asks that we reconsider this deep human construct, its meanings for ourselves and the manners and routes through which it affects all aspects of our lives.