What a night! The second stop on our Art After Hours tour of Lexington was at Sisohpromatem Art Foundation Inc. Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2003, Sisohpromatem has served children and the community for nearly a decade, nurturing and enriching children’s lives through participation in the arts. Drawing its name from the word “metamorphosis” spelled backwards, the organization’s mission is to create a metamorphosis in children’s lives and “to help children develop into independent, creative, and responsible members of the community through participation in the arts.” On the evening of October 17, we not only learned about Sisohpromatem’s mission, but also had the opportunity to exercise our creative muscles (and perhaps be a bit child-like in our enthusiasm!) when we toured the facility, met the staff, and created fun collages to take home!
Sisohpromatem is located in the Heritage Art Center, a beautiful, historic Bluegrass Trust building in the Jefferson Street neighborhood. The panoramic windows let you peek at the wonderful, eclectic art inside (and offered us ample light by which to create some art of our own!) We created collage faces using scraps from colorful magazines to make the facial features from unconventional materials, yielding beautiful if unearthly faces to take home.
Sisohpromatem is helmed by Sonja and Kenneth Brooks who have made this foundation a labor of love, and will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in January 2013. Their dedication to the arts and to the community that they serve is apparent not only in their passion for their organization but also by the wonderful art and artists that they have produced. We enjoyed this stop on our Art After Hours tour and thank everyone at Sisohpromatem for opening their organization to us and treating us like family!
For more information about Sisohpromatem Art Foundation Inc, please visit their website at www.art4edu.org. For more information about the Art After Hours program and to RSVP for future events, please visit the Art After Hours Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-After-Hours-Lex/ .