“Zammesei” is a Pennsylvania Dutch word that means “to be collectively.” That idea is brought to existence in Pennsylvania University of Art & Design’s newest exhibition of the same title, a collaborative hard work concerning PCA&D learners and users of the Garden Spot Village retirement neighborhood.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pressured several to isolate, and some have identified solace in resourceful pursuits. And, whilst from various generations, school students and associates of retirement communities have each been forced to go through remarkable alterations to their each day routines.

Aidan Thackray, an illustration significant at PCA&D, who will work portion-time in a neighborhood senior residing facility, was in a one of a kind place to provide folks together in the spirit of creativity.

“Togetherness in the course of a global pandemic is in brief offer,” suggests Thackray, the curator of the show, in a push release from the college. “The idea of ‘Zammesei’ lies at the coronary heart of this exhibition and stems from the rich traditions of this location.”



Matt Chapman art

“Tidal Swimming pools” (10 x 10, sumi ink on paper) by Matt Chapman




In early 2021, nearly a 12 months into the world pandemic, inhabitants of the Backyard Place Village local community ended up invited, alongside with members of the common community, to take part in a sequence of virtual workshops hosted by PCA&D faculty and college students. The workshops were section of the college’s Middle for Creative Exploration, a plan that aims to get the local community involved in the arts. Subjects of the workshops included watercolor, collage, poetry, automatic drawing and more.

“I have been included in a shift to Back garden Location Village so my creative consideration has been diverted for very a although. I took these lessons to give me aim and framework,” suggests Joann Monk, a Garden Spot Village resident, in the on-line booklet accompanying the show.



Zammesei exhibit

Zammesei (pronounced zah-muh-z-eye) is a Pennsylvania Dutch term which means “to be alongside one another.” The strategy is the basis for the collaborative art show that includes works from PCA&D learners and Back garden Spot Village local community members. 




The show options get the job done by Matt Chapman, Erin Dorney, Le Hinton, Barbara Strasko and many many others.

Mainly because of pandemic limits, the in-particular person exhibition is open up only to people who reside at, or have authorization to pay a visit to, Garden Place Village. A digital model of the exhibition will be available to look at as a result of April 30 in this article.