METAL ARTS GUILD OF GEORGIA
(Bouchon by Fyli Sissoko)
The mission of The Bronze Smiths initiative of MAGG is to diversify our organization to more adequately reflect the greater Atlanta community and to promote and foster anti-racism practices. The initiative is committed to paying homage to our ancestors who passed down the original metalsmithing craft, to branching out deeper within the community to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity and to planting seeds for a future generation of metalsmiths. We will engage with the Black community and other people of color to offer education and experiences that promote racial inclusiveness, celebrate cultural differences, and help address systemic racism. Ultimately, we are committed to providing a strong base for a future which is more equitable, more diverse and embraces the intersection of tradition and new techniques. Just like the discovery of bronze, an alloy of different metals that together made it stronger and propelled society forward with new capabilities, we believe that if people of all shades worked together, we will be a stronger community.
Our Plan of Action
We want to thank Rio Grande for sponsoring our 'Honoring our Roots' workshops series with scholarship funding!
We were excited to launch the 'Honoring Our Roots' series in November 2020 with Matthieu Cheminee as he discussed his book, 'Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa': "Part technical guide, part anthropological study, Legacy offers a glimpse into the daily lives and work habits of the jewellers of West Africa."
...and please consider making a donation to Matthieu's Toolbox Initiative
'Legacy' Discussion with Matthieu Cheminee
'Chain Making without Solder' with Matthieu Cheminee (10 Rio Grande scholarship recipients)