Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin on the Onngi Project in Station North (3/5)

Shin.001Baltimore Traces: Stories of the City’s Changing Neighborhoods presents Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin from the Maryland College of Arts (MICA), Community Arts, who will speak on the Onngi Project in Station North. The presentation will take place on March 5 from 2.30-3.45 p.m. in ITE 233.

Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin explores the transnational, inter-cultural nature of the Korea Diaspora in the methodology of community based art practice. Incorporating the methodology of community organizing and storytelling in her artistic praxis, she focuses on building local leadership through creative platforms that promote solidarity and community voices in Baltimore. Collaborating as an artistic asset in various Korean communities, Aletheia seeks to facilitate the creation of artistic narrative projects as a vehicle to nurture culture, build community, and bring awareness to the long standing Korean community in Baltimore.

The Onngi Project is a series of traditional Korean vessels shaped forms created by or in collaboration with various Korean communities in Baltimore. As Onngi is a significant vessel form for Koreans used for over 5000 years to store everyday foods, it serves as a metaphor for the history and wisdom in the untold story of Korean community in Baltimore. Through the Onngi Project, Korean community partners including first generation Korean immigrants at the Greenmount Senior Center, Vendors at the Northeast Market, and current undergraduate Korean MICA students collaboratively come together to educate and raise awareness of the longstanding yet untold presences of the Korean community in Baltimore.
Baltimore Traces Project is funded by an Hrabowski Innovation Grant & BreakingGround at UMBC

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