STORMING THE COURT // TORMENTA EN LA CANCHA // SALEM, MA
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM + PUNOT URBAN ART MUSEUM + NEW CRAFT ARTISTS IN ACTION
Storming the Court/ Tormenta en la Cancha is a public basketball court makeover and community artwork with the New Craft Artists in Action in Salem, MA. The Peabody Essex Museum and Punto Urban Art Museum invited me to create a socially engaged program as part of the “Play Time” exhibition. Dream Team Maria Molteni, Kristine Roan, Jena Tegeler, Doneeca Thurston and Jake Lefker worked with youth in Witch City’s The Point/El Punto neighborhood to come up with a stormy and spellbinding space for ballin in Witch City!
Excerpt from Greg Cook's story for Wonderland that gives some context:
“A witch is a shapeshifter and a force of nature” says Molteni, Boston-based artist and founder of the New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA) collective- “Her craft involves building one's internal, personal power and resistance to the harmful effects of external privilege and patriarchal power.” She’s been working with youth in Salem, mostly from the Dominican Republic, to create a recreational space that reflects their creative visions and values while enhancing a vibrant public space to be active in. She’s hoping the process provides an opportunity to exercise the mind and body.