What is Painting Adoption Weekend (PAW)?
“Create a community of adoptees that have the tools to support their and others Adoption Journey.”
Engaging Youth Adoptees through Art and Community Building
Painting Adoption Weekend (PAW) is a weekend long event that brings together youth adoptees between the ages of 6–18 from around the Ithaca, NY area to use art as a tool to talk about what being adopted means and to foster a supportive community of adoptees.
As a community-based collaboration between Asian Pacific Americans for Action (APAA), Cornell Partnership Funding Board of Cornell University (CPFB), and Sarah Gotowka (textile artist based in Trumansburg); we are excited to combine youthful energy, local professional expertises, and support from local institutions to make this weekend a great success.
Using methodologies based in creative arts and community building, facilitators and attendees will cultivate a safe environment to explore their own experiences and relationships with adoption. Traditionally mediums such as painting, weaving, dancing, and embroidery have been platforms for intimate discussions and reflective conversations. Through learning and practicing with these mediums attendees can find outlets to fully express themselves throughout the weekend. As attendees and facilitators exchange experiences and reactions, the goal will be to create a sense of communal understanding and support that will live on past the weekend as adoptees continue on their own adoption journey.
What to expect
The first day of PAW will be dedicated to activities that help create an intimate and trusting community for both the facilitators and participants of PAW. During the second day of PAW we will begin to explore notions of what it means to be an adoptee. We have constructed a dynamic curriculum that oscillates and shifts between group vs independent activities (for our introverts and extroverts), slow moving to more physical activities, and light hearted to more reflective activities.
A few examples of activities we will be doing: 1) Creating a personal talisman out of gauze and plaster. Participants will then be able to embellish and decorate. 2) A giant communal painting, where participants find connections between themselves and the people standing next to them and then illustrate these connections. 3) Embroider a map of where you have been and where you want to be.
Luna Fiber Studios, Second Floor Studios, Trumansburg, NY
15 East Main St. Suite 3, Trumansburg NY 14886
Luna Fiber Studio was founded in Trumansburg NY by Sarah Gotowka, owner and director of Earth Grown Shades, a business rooted in sustainable color. Luna is a fully equipped weaving studio, with the intention of becoming an all inclusive textile studio. Luna is nestled amongst the quaint Second Floor Studios, and shares a large beautifully lit common space where the majority of PAW will be held. We are located above Gimme Coffee, Good-to-Go, and The Center for Pain Relief. We are conveniently located on the TCAT 21 bus route, a few feet away from the Main Street bus stop!
“A student organization, seeks to foster leadership and social responsibility by encouraging students to take action against social problems. The CPFB assists students in developing grassroots community action projects and administers grants from the Community Partnership Fund to make these projects possible.”
“Luna Fiber Studio was founded in Trumansburg NY by Sarah Gotowka, owner and director of Earth Grown Shades, a business rooted in sustainable color. Luna is a fully equipped weaving studio, with the intention of becoming an all inclusive textile studio. We are nestled amongst the quaint Second Floor Studios on Main St. located above Gimme Coffee, Good-to-Go, and The Center for Pain Relief. We are conveniently located on the TCAT 21 bus route, a few feet away from the Main Street bus stop!”
Learn more upcoming classes here!
“A Cornell University-based student organization founded in the 1990’s centered around advocacy and coalition building. Our mission is to further Asian American awareness on campus and to politically empower Asian Pacific American students. In addition, members of APAA work together with members of other organizations to advocate for the needs of Asian Pacific American students. Furthermore, APAA builds coalitions with other students of color and social justice groups in order to facilitate a more unified community of color.”
The Clay School is committed to providing a vibrant, creative space for community members to work with clay, and learn alongside fellow creatives, from local professional and emerging potters. Our goal is to foster a sense of community among students of all ages and enrich their continuing education through shared experiences around making art.
Learn more about the classes and hours of operations here!
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