Thursday, June 20, 2013

Muanjadi Paintings

Hello,

Several people have expressed interest in seeing the pieces I created for my featured artist of June collection at the Roxborough Art Gallery, so I thought I'd make a virtual gallery for those of you who live far from Colorado. The show is entitled Muanjadi. The paintings that are still available are marked as such; if you're interested in learning more about a painting or buying one of them, please email me at htenerow@wellesley.edu!

Title: Congolese Sunset 
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
Status: Sold
Price: $90
Info: Acrylic, 10"x8"


Title: Summer Storm 
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
StatusOn Hold
Price: $180
Info: Acrylic, 16"x20"


Title: Cassava 
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
StatusAvailable
Price: $110
Info: Acrylic, 10"x8"


Title: Diptych 
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
StatusSold
Price: $110
Info: Acrylic, two 8"x10" panels


Title: Riverscape 
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
StatusSold
Price: $180
Info: Acrylic, 20"x16"


Title: Muanjadi
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
StatusSold
Price: $130
Info: Acrylic, 13"x9"


Title: Cursive Topography 
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
StatusSold
Price: $200
Info: Oil pastel, 24"x18"


Title: Congolese Palms 
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
StatusOn Hold
Price: $180
Info: Acrylic, 16"x20"


Title: Culture in Motion
Artist: Hanna Tenerowicz
StatusSold
Price: $90
Info: Watercolor, oil pastel, 15"x11"


Title: At a Glance
Artist: Patricia Jenkins (donated piece)
StatusAvailable
Price: $110
Info: Colored pencil, 8"x10"

Thanks for viewing, let me know if you have any questions! 

Hanna


Saturday, June 15, 2013

May/June Update: Art Shows, Visa Applications, Travel Plans!

Hey everyone,

Long time, no post! Sorry about that. This past month, I've been super busy with finishing up my first year of college,  as well as with some exciting stuff relating to my trip (more information on those below!).

So, to fundraise for my trip, I decided that one thing I wanted to do was make and sell paintings. I did an internship at a local art gallery (the Roxborough Art Gallery) last spring, so I reached out to my former internship mentor to ask if they might be able to give me some gallery space during the month of June. After making a few arrangements, she replied saying that not only would they give me gallery space, but they wanted to make me their featured artist of the month for June! This was a huge honor, and I was absolutely blown away by their above-and-beyond generosity.

My first day back from school, I hit the ground running (or painting, as it were) in order to make an entirely original and DRC-related collection of works for my show. I made a painting every day until it was time to hang the show. It was super exhausting, but overall, I was pleased with the result. I titled my show "Muanjadi" (matches rather well with the title of this blog, no?). The reception for my show was just last night, and several of my lovely friends and relations showed up (as well as the usual Roxborough Art Gallery monthly reception crowd), including my lovely high school French teacher, Anne Damanti, and a few other French Honor Society alums.

For those of you in the Denver metro area, I would love if you'd go down and check the show out! It's up until the end of the month. The paintings are priced very reasonably -- if you're in the market for any art, they're a steal! If you're not in the area but are interested in one of the paintings below (or want to see the rest), please feel free to email me at htenerow@wellesley.edu.

Also, if you're interested in donating to my trip, I've set up a GoFundMe fundraiser for it, which can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/31ndr4
Truly, no donation is too small. I genuinely appreciate every cent you might be willing to donate from the bottom of my heart.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the show:


 (A huge thank-you to Patricia Jenkins, my former internship mentor, for all her help in putting the show together, including the beautiful banner above me in this photo!)





In other news, we officially have our dates for the trip set! Sandra Bea and I will be leaving on June 30th and returning on July 12th. A bit shorter than I had originally hoped, but I believe we'll be able to accomplish our goals nonetheless! I've sent in my visa application and am waiting to hear back from the Congolese Embassy (hopefully in the form of a visa). Other than that, I'm just preparing to leave -- gathering things to pack, et cetera! I'm very much looking forward to the experience. 

Thanks so much for reading, 
Hanna

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Wise Words of Chimamanda Adichie

Hello,

I hope the month of April has been a good one for you all! I recently came across this wonderful TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie. She brilliantly sums up exactly why getting to know some of the girls at the Muanjadi High School this summer is so important to me, and her talk is so well-structured and eloquent.

I highly recommend it, very touching and worth the time. Here's a link if you're interested: http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html

Have a great day,
Hanna

Saturday, March 30, 2013

March Updates: the Portrait of a Brave Woman Project

Hey everyone!

Long time, no post - sorry about that! A lot has happened since I last updated this blog. First and foremost, I found out that I will have to fund my trip without help from my school or any other big organization, so as I was brainstorming ways to do that, I ended up thinking up a big idea: its name is the Portrait of a Brave Woman project.

I will attach the formal proposal and budget to this post, but the basic idea is this:

In the month and a half or so before I leave for the Democratic Republic of Congo, I will be making several series of paintings, each series highlighting several elements of a Mbuji-Mayi girl's life story. I will be displaying and (with any luck) selling these paintings to raise money for my plane ticket and other travel-related expenses.


While in Mbuji-Mayi, I will still be teaching English to a group of girls at the Muanjadi High School, but instead of making one long documentary, I will be making mini-documentaries about each of my students' lives, struggles, and stories. I will also ask each of my students to decide on a Personal Goal (an aspiration for her own life) and a Community Goal (some way in which she feels the community around her could be improved, an opportunity she wishes she could've had growing up, etc.).

Upon returning to the U.S., I plan to share these short documentaries with local artists and high school art classes, who will be encouraged to create a short series of paintings about a particular girl whose story touches them, as I did. The proceeds of these paintings will go towards 1) the girl's Personal Goal (i.e.: become a nurse), as well as 2) her Community Goal (i.e.: raise money to train some midwives for her village to decrease the death toll incurred by childbirth), and 3) sustaining the Portrait of a Brave Woman fund, which will allow an American student to teach at the Muanjadi high school during future summers.

This project will empower the Congolese girls, improve their communities, and create meaningful cross-cultural connections for Western artists and buyers. I plan to actively collect feedback from artists and buyers on the personal impact of the girls' stories and share it with the girls themselves. I hope that this will give them confidence, and a sense that they matter. Further, the proceeds of any series an artist chooses to make about a girl's story will benefit the girl and her community directly, which will empower her by showing her that she and her story have the power to improve her own life, as well as others'.

Any Portraits (the capital 'P' denotes not a single painting of the girl herself, but rather a series of portraits about her story) created by the artists and student-artists will be sold at a Douglas County School District-wide silent auction in January, which I hope will become an annual fundraiser for the Portrait of a Brave Woman project and the Muanjadi Foundation.

Thanks so much for reading, and if you want more information, be sure to check out the formal proposal and budget below! If you have any further questions,  don't hesitate to email me at htenerow@wellesley.edu.

Warmly,
Hanna



Proposal
I aspire to start a program called Portrait of a Brave Woman. This project’s goal would be to forge intercultural connections between residents of the first and third worlds, as well as to personalize members of each of these broad groups through both visual and written storytelling. This program would allow artists in the U.S. to learn about the stories of girls at the Muanjadi High School in Mbuji Mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and to foster a more personal connection with any of these girls by creating a “Portrait” of her. Because defining a woman and her accomplishments by her physical appearance is one of the factors holding our world back from full gender equality, however, there would be a catch: the “Portrait” must consist of several pieces, none a traditional, straightforward portrait of the woman herself. Through this approach to portraiture and storytelling, we allow each of these women to take on a more complex and multidimensional identity, and we therefore create a more adequate expression of her real life, story, and identity. 

Each series of artworks will then, together or individually, be displayed to buyers, who will also have the opportunity to make valuable intercultural connections while supporting an honorable cause; communication between the girls, artists, and buyers will be encouraged and facilitated through this program. Each girl will also have the opportunity to set two specific goals which her Portrait would benefit: one personal goal, and one community goal. The proceeds from the artist’s depictions of her story would then go towards a combination of her Personal Goal, her Community Goal, and sustaining the Portrait of a Brave Woman program. 


There is nothing more powerful than sharing one’s story, and there is arguably nothing more empowering than learning that one’s story has touched someone else and helped to make a difference in others’ lives. Due to this, the Portrait of a Brave Woman program could be applied to any number of nations, organizations, schools, cities, artists, and buyers in the future, and create an amazing number of personal connections which shatter the culturally and geographically imposed boundaries normally limiting our perspectives. 


The program itself will entail several steps and will follow a specific timeline in order to grow in the most effective and meaningful manner; my proposed timeline is as follows: 


March 18 - 24, 2013: Contact three of the girls whom Castle View High School has sponsored through the Muanjadi Organization; learn about their personal stories, their lives, their favorite things, and how they would describe themselves. 


May 18 - June 29, 2013: Create the first Portraits of the students interviewed in March, display and sell as fundraiser for trip to the Muanjadi High School. 


June 30 - August 1, 2013: Travel abroad with Sandra Bea, the founder of the Muanjadi Organization (with which this project will work closely), to the Muanjadi High School; implement several of the program’s abroad initiatives, including: teaching a summer English course at the school, interviewing students in documentary format, and (potentially) instructing the students on the use of a class blog to share their stories, and setting up regulated student internet access via a local internet café. 


August 1 - September 1, 2013: Return to the U.S.; continue with personal Portrait creation and sales; compile short documentaries on each girl interviewed; work towards the creation of a Portrait of a Brave Woman website to increase the accessibility of girls’ stories; speak with local artists, art teachers, and advanced high school art classes about the Portrait of a Brave Woman program (screen some of the short documentaries, discuss my experience with the girls as well as their living conditions, etc.) to spread the program’s influence and initiate widespread participation. 


September 1, 2013 - January 31, 2014: Continue to spread word of Portrait of a Brave Woman program at Wellesley (by presenting at the Fall Tanner Conference and working with Wellesley College’s Amnesty International and Peace Coalition groups); begin to plan and facilitate an annual January Muanjadi Organization/Portrait of a Brave Woman silent auction fundraiser with Douglas County public high schools - work of student and professional artists will be displayed and sold, proceeds to benefit the girls’ Personal Goals, Community Goals, and the Portrait of a Brave Woman fund (to allow others to go abroad and continue the summer English course at the Muanjadi High School, sustain the Mbuji-Mayi students’ internet connection plan, etc.). 



If you'd like, you can also check out my Causes page for Portrait of a Brave Woman here: http://www.causes.com/causes/970700-portrait-of-a-brave-woman

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Video Update: Lesson Plans

Hello again!

Here's a quick video about my thematic English lesson plans, which I finished in late January.

video
Summary:

Week 1 - Introduction/how to discuss one's life (basic phrases, manners, food vocabulary).
Week 2 - How to discuss oneself/one's actions (body parts and clothes vocabulary, movement verbs).
Week 3 - How to discuss one's surroundings (house and school vocabulary, past tense verbs).
Week 4 - How to discuss one's strengths/aspirations (characteristics vocabulary, work and job vocabulary, future tense).

Thanks for watching!
Hanna

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Newspaper Article on the Muanjadi Organization

Hello again!

I recently found out that an article on the Muanjadi Organization (as well as my project with them!) has been featured in the Castle View High School newspaper, The View. While certain details are slightly inaccurate and I am a bit misquoted, I think it's fantastic that the word about this organization is being spread around Castle View!

In order to spread the word further, I'm attaching it here; enjoy! (Hopefully it's large enough here to read clearly, if not please let me know.)






Thanks for reading,
Hanna

Monday, January 14, 2013

My Davis Projects for Peace Proposal

Hello again,

This, as you may have guessed by the title, is the promised Davis Projects for Peace application post. I think it's important that these documents have their own post because they explain a lot about what I hope to accomplish with my project, both this summer and in the future.

*Important note: My budget for the project in this post is listed as $10,000 because this proposal was made specifically for the Davis Projects for Peace program, which gives away $10,000 awards. Accordingly, I made this budget for $10,000 to show the committee what I would do with that amount of money if I were to win one of these awards. 

Without further ado, here's my official project proposal:


It has been proven time and time again that educating women is one of the most effective ways of fostering gender equality, economic development, and long-term peace. To educate a woman is to empower her; armed with empowerment, she is more likely to become a cultivator of peace and stability in her community. For this reason, I aspire to teach English during July of 2013 at the Muanjadi High School, a high school for girls in Mbuji Mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo. 
During high school, my French Honor Society dedicated its fundraising efforts to sponsoring girls through the Muanjadi Organization, allowing them to stay in school rather than being married off to preserve their families’ incomes. As we raised money to help these young women, our group got to know the Organization’s founder, Sandra Bea. Sandra was born and raised in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and attended the school which is now the focus of her charity’s efforts. 
I contacted Sandra about traveling abroad to teach English after reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which inspired me to consider what I could do to help the world continue in its progression towards gender equality. In reply to my email, Sandra informed me that the Muanjadi Organization had never sent someone abroad to teach before, but that they hoped to in the future. She invited me to design and pioneer a Teach-for-Muanjadi program for the Organization. 
My proposal’s chief intention is, firstly, to teach English to the young women of the Muanjadi High School, and, secondly, to show them how much power they gain with their knowledge of this widespread lingua franca. To accomplish the second goal, I intend to do two things: to start a pen-pal program between my students at the Muanjadi High School and my own alma mater, Castle View High School, and to give my students a blog of their own, so that they may continue to reach out and communicate with the wider world after I leave. I plan to allocate a portion of the money to an internet café in Mbuji Mayi, arranging an hour-long period each week during which any of my students can enter free-of-charge and update the class blog. Through this, the students will see how they themselves can directly impact the world by communicating with others, as well as continuing to practice and improve their English skills. Being able to easily communicate their thoughts and ideas with the larger world will hopefully serve as a highly empowering experience for the students, showing them that they possess the aptitude to impact not only their community, but communities around the world as well. 
In order to encourage others to follow in my footsteps in the future, I intend to document the planning process and progression of my program, as well as my trip itself on a video blog (which can be found at: http://muanjadi.blogspot.com); in the weeks following my trip, I will to compile my videos and the footage I record of my service abroad into a documentary. This documentary will aim to be inspirational, as well as informational, to the current students of French Honor Societies in the Douglas County, Colorado area, with whom I will work in the future to sustain the Teach-for-Muanjadi program. I plan to present this video to the respective groups, and to encourage them to collaborate on establishing one significant annual fundraising event whose proceeds would go towards sending one teacher per year, ideally eighteen or older, abroad to teach English during one month of their summer vacation. Additionally, I would use a portion of the money to create a Teach-for-Muanjadi three-year stipend, which would provide financial help to the next teachers as the program finds its footing. My program would also institute a biannual end-of-semester school supply drive, for which the Castle View French Honor Society would place collection boxes at local schools for leftover school supplies. The supplies collected would be sent abroad with each year’s teacher, to be donated to the school. 
As a whole, my project aims to empower both the girls of the Muanjadi High School and the Douglas County French Honor Societies’ members by creating and sustaining opportunities for intercultural learning sharing. When ideas can be exchanged despite socioeconomic and cultural differences, peace and understanding begin to take root. 

To supplement that, I'm also including my proposal's budget (if I were to get $10,000 for this project, that is). Here it is: 


*Sandra Bea, with whom I am working to facilitate this project, has invited me to stay in her mother’s house in Mbuji Mayi during my trip, more or less eliminating the costs of meals and lodging. 

Thanks for reading, 
Hanna