A community-based art project that seeks to connect communities through pulling up a chair and sharing stories of positivity about Strong Women of Toledo.

Artwork by DaJaniere Rice

Story from Twila Page

My story was a great story, in brief, about a woman who appreciated education and believed in children attaining their education. In this story, the storyteller talked about how #blacklivesmatter and #sayhername didn’t exist during the late 90s. Hearing that, I researched #blacklivesmatter protest signs and saw that most of these signs were handwritten or handmade. Handwriting can also connect with storytelling, which was why I have the handwritten text in the background. I believe that storytelling creates imagery in the audience’s mind and leaves an openness for the audience to self-interpret the story. As the audience, I rewrote the story in my own handwriting that I believed represented the way I heard the story along with imagery that came to me while I listened. The story is read top/down on the left side and continues on the right side from top to bottom. Certain words such as strong woman is emphasized to give a theme to the overall piece and Darlene Fisher stretches along the top layer to make her the center of this piece. 

- DaJaniere Rice, Artist

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