Abby Maeir returned to Ramah Wisconsin for her third summer as an Artist-in-Residence with big plans for the campers. In 2014, she taught campers the art of fused glass and they created one-of-a-kind mezzuzot. Last summer, she introduced them to hand-stamped metalwork, and personalized bracelets, necklaces and keychains were spotted all across camp.
In 2016, in addition to helping campers create glass and metal projects to take home, Abby wanted to elevate her workshops to an experiential level. So she combined the art of mixed media (glass & metal) with a meaningful learning component in order to spark lively conversation and self-reflection. Inspired by the poem, “Everyone Has a Name” by Israeli poet, Zelda Mishkovsky, Abby and her campers discussed the meaning & significance of the poem. After careful thought and discussion, campers chose words they want associated with their names, hand-stamped those words into metal and then created colorful fused glass pieces. This powerful combination has now been transformed into a thought-provoking piece of art that asks each person who sees it, “What words do you want associated with your name?” It will be displayed at camp with the intent of sparking many meaningful conversations for years to come.