Virtual Educator Summer Camp 2023: Secret Treasure Altered Books with Alisa Banks

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Tue, Jul 25, 2023
10 to 11:30 am

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A photograph of an altered book opened to reveal an accordion page extending from the title page on the left and a secret compartment inside the body of the book on the right.
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Event Description

About the Session

Repurpose and transform an old book to hide a secret treasure! Create a hidden niche in a discarded book and make an object from the leftover pages to store inside.

About the Instructor

Alisa Banks (she/her) is a visual artist who investigates connections to contemporary culture, her Creole heritage, and the African diaspora. Her work incorporates fibers and found materials that reference traditional craft forms. Alisa’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is housed in private and public collections including the Smithsonian Institution, the US Library of Congress, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The British Library. Alisa is currently working on a commission for NMWA’s Holding Ground: Artists’ Books for the National Museum of Women in the Arts project.

About the Virtual Educator Camp Series

NMWA’s virtual Educator Summer Camp is designed for all educators—schoolteachers, adults supporting students learning remotely, home school instructors, scout leaders, etc. We just ask that you come with your learners in mind and a playful spirit!

We will offer independent 1.5-hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 6 through July 27. Sessions, inspired by the Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) Institutes and NMWA’s collection, are hands-on, participatory, and fun. Sessions will explore NMWA’s collection and resources, introduce historic and contemporary women artists, and engage participants in experimental making and close looking.

Guest instructors include artists and educators from around the country. You will receive a recommended supply list, applicable digital resources, and a Zoom meeting link in advance of each session. Camp activities are designed to make use of materials and tools you might have at home, to encourage repurposing and seeing everyday objects in a new light.

Register for one session or many depending on your interest and commitments.

Session participants can request certificates of completion reflecting total earned participation hours.

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Accessibility Inquiries

If you are unable to register online or would like to request additional accessibility services, please email Two weeks’ notice to request accessibility services is appreciated but not required. We will make every attempt to accommodate requests.