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IMAN’s Beloved Community Ceramics Studio | The Healing Power of Nature
September 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
This ceramic course focuses on hand building. Our course objective is to facilitate an understanding of meditative techniques, and discuss ways in which nature can be therapeutic. IMAN embraces holistic health through creative expression, to promote wellness and healing. During this course, both functional and sculptural ceramic traditions will be explored. We will discuss the history of ceramics, and the nature and origin of clay. This course is intended for those interested in creating a zen garden from start to finish.
Featuring: Maryam Salem, a steward of the Earth who explores her indigenous roots and how the natural world informs her culture and spirituality as a descendant of Yemeni farmers. She works as an outdoor environmental educator with a Chicago Public Schools environmental service learning program called Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY). While developing outdoor environmental science curricula, Maryam studies topics such as Native American ethnobotany, ecotherapy and local water quality. She strives to create ways to make the program more culturally relevant for black and brown students, bridging the natural world, students’ urban communities, and their spiritual roots to land. By encouraging learning through observation and intuition, she hopes to expand “scientific learning” to include our sacred relationships with the earth. Maryam sees natural areas as a place for resistance, healing, and growing to know the deepest secrets of our identities, untainted by our modern lifestyles.