Blessing of the Boats
June 12–October 31
Thursday–Sunday, 12–5 pm
Blessing of the Boats is an interactive sculpture that seeks to foster collective empathy and action through individual engagement. The work asks the viewer:
“We have an opportunity to set sail towards a new future—what society would you build and how do we get there?”
This prompt is intended as an active meditation, with the audience invited to create an origami boat at The Arts Center onto which they can write their answer and then place it within the larger sculpture. Over a five-month season, the work will both literally and figuratively hold the collective hopes and intentions of The Arts Center’s audience.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own boats from home with the help of the instructions below, or to make them on site following. For those who wish to create a boat on site, sealed packets with materials will be provided and a Visitor Engagement Associate will be available to answer any questions.
Instructions on folding boats
About Muna Malik
Muna Malik is an immersive artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her passion in art lies in her pursuit to create cultural awareness and understanding through the medium of art. Her current work focuses on capturing poetic imagery and narratives of women of color and refugees.
Her work has been exhibited at Northern Spark Arts Festival, MCAD, Artworks Chicago and The University of Minnesota—Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She was the billboard artist for North Carolina for the “For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.” She recently completed exhibitions at the Band of Vices Gallery LA, Annenberg Space for Photography LA with Photoville and the International Center for Photography with “For Freedoms.” She currently has work at the Somaal House of Art in Minneapolis, MN for the Ilaaa Shalay/Since Yesterday exhibition. Her latest collage series was featured on Vogue.com and i-D Magazine.