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Artseed has decided that in this time of public health concerns and maintaining social distancing, we are still determined to reach out to people through art during this year's Art-a-thon on Saturday, April 25th from 10 AM to 8 PM.


This is your chance to join in on the fun of making art by hosting a personalized lesson in your area of expertise! The art lessons should be 30 minutes maximum. We will host the lessons through Zoom, and you can teach from the comforts of your own home. To host your lesson, all you have to do is make a free Zoom account and one of our ArtSeed staff will connect you to the people interested in learning through a video call.


We understand the importance of providing accessible materials to the general public since not everyone has things like paints and charcoal. We want to do so much more while keeping within Artseed's recent theme of climate change and sustainable art. To do this, we want to use recycled materials at our disposal as well as forms of art within the computer. Some possibilities are, and aren't limited to:

  1. Using recycled materials to create collages, sculptures, etc.

  2. Using basic drawing implements we have in our houses such as pencils, pens, colored pencils, and crayons to make drawings, comics/sequential art, or even find new and creative ways to work with them

  3. Working with creative writing, such as letters, postcards, stories, and poetry

  4. Working with free programs on the computer, such as Blender for 3D art, Twine for non-linear writing, Garageband for music, or even hosting a game where you can create something

  5. Host an outside class (following the 6 feet guideline) and stream it online

So in other words, there's no need to go out and buy materials as they should already be at your disposal! Painting and other traditional art mediums are available to teach but are limited.


We will be holding multiple time-slots on Sundays from 1 to 2 PM and Thursdays from 2 to 3 PM to present a 10 minute sample of the lesson. Our first time-slot is on Sunday, March 29th. If you're interested in teaching a class, please feel free to respond to the email, vanbueren.aber@gmail.com, by providing your name, your lesson plan, and the supplies you'll use for your lesson. Now, let's get crafty!


To participants under 18 interested in teaching, please sign this permission form.

https://www.artseed.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ArtSeedLessonsProfileWaiver_PDF_Fillable_2_15_2020GB.pdf


To all participants, please sign this volunteer waiver.

https://www.artseed.org/please-complete-the-online-artistvolunteer-profile/


Thank you!



Artseed is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching children's lives through modern and fine arts. Since I was about 10 years old, I've been a part of this organization as a student, an apprentice, and now a staff member. Among the most notable moments in my time with Artseed has always been the annual Art-a-thon, taking place during Earth Week, and a gathering in which we make art, do raffles, and enjoy various scheduled music and events all day.


This year, we are doing the Art-a-thon, but this time with a little twist! With COVID-19 running its course, I and other members have been coming up with ways to do the Art-a-thon more remotely, through various social media and over Zoom conference calls. We came up with some ideas on how to do this event, such as:

- Live, scheduled tutorials for computer projects and on working with recycled materials at home

- DIY videos made by Artseed or borrowed from other sources

- Show-and-tells

- Virtual prizes

- YouTube streaming of the event at the venue (if it's even going to happen)


The main goal, as it has always been, is to raise money for our big event: the two-week-long Summer Intensive, in which kids can learn art skills and go on special field trips. So we have made a Mightycause just for donations! From one dollar to a thousand dollars, anything is appreciated.


You may donate here on Mightycause to me (Aber) or any of the people on the leaderboard.


Thank you for reading!

Updated: Aug 28



Greetings, readers,


From this point on, I will be using a pronoun system in my writings you may not be familiar with. Instead of your typical he/she system, I will use a different pronoun system that differentiates people by a "fourth person" system, also known as an "obviative/proximate" system. (I will explain that shortly and provide brief examples).


Now, there may be two different versions of the system that I use, however, they both tie together in that they both use the obviative/proximate aspect that I mentioned. One version is completely genderless while the other uses the genders, but only in the subject pronouns. I will clarify that shortly. For the most part, I use the gender modified version of the system.

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Basically, the system goes that there are two basic pronouns, or singular genderless pronouns:

  • zei, en, huir, huirs, enself

  • nei, nem, neir, neirs, nemself


The way they are used is in an obviate/proximate system where “zei” is generally the first person mentioned who is more in focus or the one doing the action upon another person (the proximate person), and “nei” is generally the second person who is less in focus or is being acted upon the obviate person). In more complex sentences or passages, this is not always the case as long as the subjects are still clear. Essentially, this is a “second person” system.


An example:

  • “Zei found huir notebook at neir house.”


So what’s going on? Basically:

  • “Zei(PROX) found huir(PROX) notebook at neir(OBV) house”

  • The first subject found first subject’s notebook at second subject’s house.


Now, it gets a little more complex when adding gendered versions of these two basic pronouns to the equation.


For the proximate pronoun:

  • Feminine: she, her, her, hers, herself

  • Masculine: he, him, his, his, himself

And for the obviative pronoun:

  • Feminine: sie, sier, sier, siers, sierself

  • Masculine: ve, vir, vir, virs, virself


Presumably, these gendered versions aren’t used much, if at all, in normal conversation. unless someone is telling an extensive story. As well, they serve well for written narratives. Basically how they’re used is that when a subject is unknown, you may mention huir name and then a gendered version of the obviate or proximate pronoun once. However, when continuing a sentence with the same subject, you change the pronoun to the default genderless version.


Here’s a fairly simple progression in which this occurs:

  • “When Madelyn decided to finally head out on the road trip, she packed huir belongings and called all huir friends to inform them that zei was leaving”

^ You can see above that Madelyn is referred to as “she” once but “zei” the rest of the time.


Now let’s try a more complex progression with two subjects:

  • “Orion didn’t remember where he placed huir bag, so zei asked Madelyn if sie knew. However, nei didn’t know either.”

^ In this sentence, Madelyn is the obviate subject. Madelyn is referred to as “sie” first and then “nei” the rest of the time, just like in the first example sentence.

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Why this system, you may ask? Unfortunately, I have no short, simple answer. But what I can say for now is that it came to my mind after years of mind wars and various iterations of what would someday become what I have now. And so I wished to use my artistic license to execute it. It is meant as a thought experiment and not intended for forcing on people to use in our own reality. If you believe you can have an open mind and handle this seemingly significant difference in English language use, then by all means, I hope you enjoy the writings.


With love,

the author