The Ato Project employs art as yet another tool to combat social isolation and stress through a series of art workshops designed to encourage community while processing the social and emotional impacts of living with cancer. The Ato Project provides space for relaxation and interpersonal engagement during and after cancer treatment.
Join us for the next session of the ATO Project
Join us as we learn new skills, get creative, learn something new, and create something beautiful over the course of 5 weeks in this art workshop led by a MICA fellow.
No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome!
Email Megan Cannone at [email protected] for more information.
Sessions may have a limited number of participants, stay tuned for program updates.
Got questions? We’ve got answers!
Not exactly. These workshops are designed to allow free flowing, organic responses. We want you to embrace your unique creative voice, whatever that looks like. While in many cases, a prompt or loose suggestion may be provided (at the discretion of the instructor), oftentimes the way each project takes shape will be almost entirely up to the participants. Just come with an open mind and heart and a willingness to try something new!
While we believe that everyone is an artist, this program does not require any previous experience or training. Instructors will provide technical guidance as needed, but otherwise, think of this as a safe and supportive space to experiment, invent, or perhaps learn something new. No expertise required!
This may be subject to change depending upon instructor’s areas of expertise, supply availability, and other factors, but you can expect to work with a wide variety of mediums as this is a multidisciplinary program. In the past, workshops have included painting, collage, and mosaics. Sometimes participants even got creative with materials they had on hand and added additional elements to their pieces. As far as themes go, this again may be subject to change, but historically this program has been akin to a group art therapy space: a community where participants can come together and use art as a means of storytelling and release in an easygoing and supportive environment.
Historically, the facilitator of this program has been a community art fellow selected from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Send an email to Megan at [email protected]. Zoom invitations will be sent out and all interested parties should register in advance, indicating their addresses and number of participants in their party at that time. A Zoom link will be sent out on the night of each event.
Nope, we’ve got you covered! Materials will be sent to your home prior to the first night of the session. Please let us know as soon as possible if materials were not delivered or need to be replenished at any point throughout the session.
Historically, each session lasts about five weeks, meaning there are five events per session. While this program has been designed to accommodate a number of lifestyles and needs utilizing a “drop in” model (come to as many or as little of the session events as you like), we strongly encourage you to attend all session events if you are able for the full experience.
Please plan accordingly and arrive on time with your materials ready to go. That said, we know and respect the fact that life happens. In the event that you cannot make a session event or need to pull out of the session entirely, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know.
Yes! However, priority will be given to those on the waitlist for subsequent sessions.
Sessions start at the beginning of the calendar year and continue into the Spring/early Summer.