Online Studio Updates
Just prior to the COVID shutdown, the AOB team was preparing for our long-awaited move to the new Silver Spring studio. When the #StayHome directives were issued, we made a commitment to continuity of operations and began the shift to stay in touch remotely and establish an online space to do our creative work together. This page chronicles the new online studio with monthly news and updates. We are grateful to family, friends and our creative network who believe in us and are helping us to S–T–R–E–T–C–H and ADJUST!
- Amplify Us! Confronting Racial Inequities in America 2020. AOB co-hosted this Story Tapestries virtual event on Saturday, June 27 at 6pm.
- Chris Barclay’s online gallery of photography and a Block Talk with special guest James L. Stowe, Director, Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights explored the 10th Anniversary of the Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience.
- Apprentice Sasa Aakil’s ongoing project brings awareness to the Black Lives Matter Movement by reaching back to Civil Rights history.
- Arts on the Virtual Block, our first online exhibit, featured 22 artists and 89 images in a new online gallery.
- Weekly events included an Open House, a Salon and our first online Block Talk featuring Clayton Evans! All three events were recorded and are posted here.
- Several studio crew answered the United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
- Crew members participated in the Sharing Smiles campaign to decrease social isolation among seniors.
- AOB was awarded access to Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams from Taking It Global, where youth around the world actively engage, connect, and shape a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.
- AOB received a grant from the Maryland Department of Commerce to acquire the technology and equipment needed for the online studio.
- 42 friends and family raised $10,000 to back our online studio with the help of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County through Power2Give. Thank you!
- Our temporary studio in the Metropolitan Building closed due to COVID-19. We just moved there in January!
- Studio Team quickly set up remote working capabilities.
- Crew focused first on professional development, refining resumes, cover letters, portfolios, and artists statements.
- Training time was on Elements of Art, Principles of Design, and Color Theory.
- Apprentices met in open studio hours to talk, have some fun, stay in touch and plan for summer.
- Everyone learned how to do online meetings!