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ArtTalk: Access Arts hosts workshop to explore symbols in art

February 20, 2013 | 7:11 p.m. CST

This article is a part of ArtTalk, a new Missourian project inviting people from the arts community to tell us what’s cooking around town. To submit something you're excited about and inform the community about local art, fill out the form at the bottom of this story. Find past submissions here.

Here's the latest in the series, written by Shawna Johnson, the executive director of Access Arts' School of Service.

Q: What artistic project or product are you excited about?

A: "Hiding in Plain Sight: Symbolic Messages in Indigenous Art." It's a workshop with Dr. Adrienne Hoard, an MU Art Professor, who has been researching African art and culture for over 17 years. She will be doing a presentation and participants will have the opportunity to create art of their own to take home.

Q: Why are you excited, and why might other people be interested?

A: This workshop explores the topic of symbols in art, specifically how a specific culture uses symbols to convey information or ideas amongst its people. The symbols are known only to those people; outsiders see them only as abstract designs. The people who know the symbols use them as a language to communicate with each other. I think the topic of art as a language is very interesting.

Q: Who are the people behind the product/project?

A: Access Arts is hosting the event. Dr. Adrienne Hoard is the main presenter. For more info about Dr. Hoard and her research, see her website, here.

More information:

To learn more about the classes and workshops offered by Access Arts, connect with them on Facebook, here.

To learn more about "Hiding in Plain Sight," view Access Arts' Facebook event, here.

Have something from Columbia’s arts and culture scene that you’d like to share with the rest of the community? Become a part of ArtTalk.

The rules? There aren’t many. Describe works of art, places, events, workshops, exhibits or anything else arts-related. The only restriction is that you can't share your own work. To submit, fill out the form below or email the same information to us at

This invitation is part of the Missourian's partnership with the Public Insight Network. Read more about that here.

Questions? Contact Joy Mayer, the Missourian's director of community outreach, at or 573-882-8182.


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