COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


Anjee Mai Creations 
"Inspired By Imagination" 

A sculptor since age 8, artist Anjee Mai Emerson works with earth clay as well as polymer clay. Her colorful pieces tend toward the funky and whimsical. "I make monsters as metaphors for humanity," she describes. "In order to serve others' growth on this magical journey of life, we must trudge through fear and failure and make friends with our monsters. My art is a celebration of making friends with our monsters." Anjee enjoys teaching sculpting techniques to enthusiasts of all ages and has taught an estimated 1,000 students in her four years working as a full-time artist. Through her art and teaching, Anjee aims to inspire playfulness, laughter and dreaming big. 

Working Together to Make Wishes Come True

In the fall of 2014, a representative of Make-A-Wish Minnesota invited clay artist Anjee Emerson to guide a Wish Child in sculpting a piece of art to be auctioned during its Spring 2015 fundraising event. In late 2014, Anjee was paired with with Yvonne, a Wish Child who was interested in sculpting clay. With Anjee's assistance, Yvonne, who also likes dance, designed a sculpture featuring three delicately posed ballerinas. 
Anjee Mai Creations donated all materials as well as instruction and production time to the project. Along with pieces from 100 Minnesota artist teams, Yvonne's ballerina sculpture will be offered for auction in mid-May 2015 at Make-A-Wish Minnesota's Wish Ball, the organization's annual black tie gala and top fundraiser, which will allow for the wishes of over 80 seriously ill children from Minnesota to be granted.

"Working with Yvonne and supporting Make-A-Wish Minnesota has been a rewarding experience," says Anjee Mai Creations' founder and owner and sole artist instructor Anjee. Anjee Mai Creations has also contributed to local school auctions and homeschool programs in its four years as a small business. More information: www.AnjeeMaiCreations.com. 

Supporting Monarch Butterfly Education Through Art 

During the 7th Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival-Festival de la Monarca™ on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis, festival-goers celebrated and learned about the monarch butterfly and its amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico. As part of the educational fun, Anjee Mai Creations guided more than 800 people in sculpting the stages of monarch development: pupa, caterpillar and butterfly.

Anjee Mai Creations Hits the Road, Brings Workshops to Outstate Minnesota

A slice of the Northeast Minneapolis arts district visited three southwest Minnesota libraries, allowing more than 50 children to participate in after school arts enrichment programs facilitated by clay artist Anjee Emerson of Anjee Mai Creations. 

Kids ages 5 to 12 sculpted pendants, shirt pins and magnets from polymer clay with guidance from Emerson, an artist and instructor who has been sculpting herself since the age of eight. "Through these workshops, I aim to ignite imaginations and inspire creativity and big ideas," Emerson says. "These kids were all so happy with what they made."

Along with participant tuition, each of the community libraries, in
St. James, Medelia, and Butterfield, Minnesota, helped fund the enrichment program. "This is the most fun I've had at Afterschool Adventures!" enthused one young artist.

Emerson offers group workshops, as well as private lessons, for aspiring sculptors of all ages (children and adults), at her Northeast Minneapolis location and, by special arrangement, at locations around the Twin Cities or around the state. 

Girl Scouts Earn Badges at Anjee Mai Creations Studio 

More than 100 Girl Scouts from 18 troops have created polymer clay pots, figures and jewelry since Claymate Creations launched its hands-on Girl Scout badge workshops in October 2014. Older Girl Scout troops even have the opportunity to write a story, build clay characters and film claymation videos through which each earns a Comic Artist badge. 

For each Girl Scout badge workshop, clay artist Anjee Emerson welcomes Brownie, Junior or Cadette Girl Scouts to her Northeast Minneapolis studio, where the Girl Scouts can see Anjee's work and tour the studio before designing and creating their own projects. The Girl Scouts enjoy the fun, creative activities, and along the way, they learn how to bring ideas to fruition and how to solve problems through the creation process. When members of a Cadette Girl Scout troop work together on the troop's claymation project, Girl Scouts develop teamwork and communication skills as part of the experience.

In a thank you note following their workshop, one GIrl Scout troop wrote, "We learned a lot and had fun making our sculptures. We hope to take your class again."

Through its creativity badge requirements, the Girl Scouts organization encourages Girl Scouts to share the art they create--by giving it away, presenting it to friends and family in an art show, or sharing it on social media sites.

Kids Are Invited to 'Clay All Day'

Arts activities get kids to exercise their whole brains during the summer. Research shows that creating art develops important connections between the left and right sides of the brain and, among other benefits, strengthens problem solving abilities.

During "Clay All Day" summer half-day camps at Anjee Mai Creations, a clay art studio conveniently located in the Northeast Minneapolis arts district, kids have the opportunity to develop small motor skills, work on conceptualizing their own designs and learn about sculpting with polymer clay.

Kids don't want to hear that playing with clay develops their brains, though. Kids just want summer fun! Each day, camp participants will work on a different sculpting project and may include magnets, wall hanging art or figurines (monsters, robots, fairies, animals, and whatever the child imagines).
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