Monthly Archives: February 2016

Always more words…

Preparing for a new venue always churns up the vocabulary. While helping me sort the stones before I packed them up for the Atlas Performing Arts Center (to be sure none were missing…and replacing those that were – e.g., “fellow”…really?), my son thought of some more that I hadn’t included (“befuddled,” “gormless,” “tacitern” – yes, he is my kid!).

Then, I thought of some more on the drive down to to install. As I passed Gallaudet University, I thought about how hearing impaired people can interact with Weigh Your Words with no special accommodations, but visually impaired people would need lots of support. So I realized that I had left out “deaf,” “hearing impaired,” and “blind” (but I already had “disabled”). These are touchy words, very loaded, and I hope I will get feedback on those and other words that people prefer to use to describe themselves.

It never ceases to amaze me how many words we use to describe ourselves! The Intersections Festival has just started, and I already have a list of “new words” ready to be added along with any others that the audience tells me about in the next two weeks.

Will I reach 1,500 before the summer? At some point, I may not be able to fit all of these stones in my car – then what??

Ready to go at Intersections Festival

The seesaw is installed and the sorting bins are full.  Now, all we need is an audience!   I spent most of today getting the stones (almost 1,300 of them!), seesaw, and dish vats to Atlas Performing Arts Center and setting them up in the lobby. The lovely backdrop for the seesaw is an architectural element from the old theater, dismantled in the renovation, but kept and installed in the lobby. Nice!

Atlas seesaw

While I was setting up, a children’s music program was going on in the lobby, The Uncle Devin Show was part of an event called Boogie Babes and while the kids were dancing around to great music, some of them wandered into my space and started playing with the stones. No worries! I love their enthusiasm, even when they can’t read the words (yet). One almost walked away with “ghastly” – much to her mother’s amusement.

So this venue should bring some new kinds of faces and experiences, from people of all ages, to the project. I am really looking forward to this iteration of Weigh Your Words – the adventure continues!