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Encouraging Positive End-of-Year Reflections: A CMA Guide

CMA’s free programming this month focuses on honoring and uplifting community stories. As we reflect on this year, we may experience a wide range of feelings and emotions, from the anxiety of unexpected challenges to the joy of virtual gatherings with friends near and far. As a family, flip through a calendar and share memories from this year. Reflect on the following prompts:

  • How did we celebrate birthdays, weddings, and holidays this year?

  • How were they different than before?

  • Do you remember what it was like when we all had to stay at home?

  • What did we do together?

  • What parts of the year were especially difficult?

  • What can we do to make things better for our family and community next year?

Each family member can select the moment that stands out most (big or small, joyful or challenging), and create their own paper quilt square inspired by the artwork of Faith Ringgold. You could draw, paint, collage, or design your quilt squares using your favorite art materials. Arrange the paper quilt squares together on a wall, table, or floor. What words, feelings, or images come up when you examine your 2020 family quilt? 

Explore these themes further during our free virtual art classes this month:

Sculpt with David: Holiday Cards
Friday, December 11 @ 1 PM — Ages 5+

Club CMA Para Familias: Holiday Windows
Saturday, December 12 @ 11 AM — Ages 5+

Club CMA with Raquel: Dinner Table Portrait
Friday, December 18 @ 1 PM — Ages 5+

Family Art Collaboration: Holiday Murals
Saturday, December 19 @ 10:30 AM — Under 5

Pictured: Faith Ringgold, The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles, 1996

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