Studio PAUSE is all about learning about our community through art and stories so whether it is my own work as an artist and writer, projects I do in the community, or projects Studio members and friends start because of their experiences at Studio PAUSE, I’ll post them here:
Nov 2017-Jan 2018:
Words to Art: Art on the ART Bus
“Your ART Bus Driver’s Voice is Made Visible in these Artworks. Do you know your ART bus driver’s story? Known for her handmade storybooks, artist Sushmita Mazumdar collected words of childhood fears, identity, and family stories from the drivers who greet you daily. By turning their words into the artwork you see exhibited aboard this bus, the artist has made a part of their lives visible to us all.” More…
HOME @Arlington 2017, a Community Art Project by Sushmita Mazumdar
Arlington’s Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) is getting an update! Adopted in 2004, it outlines a strategy for how public art will improve the quality of Arlington’s public spaces and facilities. We invite you to help inform the update with your input through HOME @Arlington 2017, a Community Art Project by Sushmita Mazumdar. More…
MAKE your MARK!
Sushmita Mazumdar and Studio PAUSE members are thrilled to be part of this new event by Arlington Arts—our first Maker Fair, MAKE your MARK! June 10, 2017, an event celebrating “The Power in Your Hands – whatever they look like.”
Credit: Graphic designed by Sushmita Mazumdar and Sughra Hussainy. More…
Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity
A new community book art project Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity, was inspired by Afghan artist Sughra Hussainy and her work at the exhibit Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan, on view at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art in Washington DC from March 5, 2016 to January 29, 2017. Sughra’s art, her words on the walls of the gallery, and her experiences in the US gave Sushmita and the Studio Pause community a chance to collaborate with her. As Sughra said when she met the writers at the Studio, Art Must Bring Change. More…
Sept 2016: Dream Project & Arlington Public Schools Project
We Are All Arlington! Understanding & Celebrating our 40-Year legacy of Immigrants
Earlier this year I was invited to join a committee that was working on a very interesting project—collecting, documenting, and sharing the 40-year legacy of immigrants in Arlington County. Finally, I had found people who I could ask many of my questions to, learn a lot from, and share what I knew with. I am thrilled to invite you all to the event and community conversation on Sept 23, 2016. I will be speaking on a panel and you can enjoy the banner exhibit I designed to showcase the milestones the committee researched and put together. And please add your immigrant stories to it too—this is just the beginning! More…
May-June 2016: Arlington Arts Project
Columbia Pike Recipes for You 2016: A Community Book Art Project
This month has been recipe collecting month for me and along with that the stories of Columbia Pike restaurant owners. I will design it all into pages which will be displayed at the June 18 Columbia Pike Blues Festival where you can come and pick the recipes you like, and make them into your very own Columbia Pike Recipe Book! More here.
April-May 2016: IIR-GMU Collaboration
Celebrating the Contributions of Immigrant Artists as Entrepreneurs with Studio PAUSE!
When I went for the Dec 2015 open house hosted by the Institute of Immigration Research at George Mason University, I thought I’d meet some people I had met before, hear of some new ideas and projects, nibble on some treats. But it turned out to be a whole other thing! It let to interesting conversations and a wonderful collaboration. A Celebration, interviews, and so much more.
March-April 2016: Commission from the National Building Museum
Dream Room, Dream Commission
Early in 2016 I was contacted by the NBM. They commissioned me to create a Dream Room to be showcased (with 20 others done by 20 other contemporary American artists, designers, and architects), at their upcoming show Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse which will be on view till Jan 2017. Read more about it here.
Living Legends of Alexandria
Family Legends of Alexandria is an ongoing project of Living Legends of Alexandria. Imagined up by LLA founder Nina Tisara and Sushmita Mazumdar, this project encourages children to interview family members to find legends in their families, make that into a story, and make the story into a Handmade Storybook. More here.
Family Memory Storybooks: Videos, instructions sheets, and books made by kids!
A few years ago I created many bookmaking activities for families for the Smithsonian’s Heritage Month programs. The idea was to get families talking, creating, and sharing stories on so many subjects. Click on the link in the title and see the videos, download the instruction sheets, and upload your own books to the website—a wonderful resource for families, teachers, and communities. More here.
Check out some wonderful photos from our Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2011 Bookmaking activity “Kitchen Stories” here.