Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building the World We Dream About: An Anti-racism Multicultural Program

Activity 2: Exploring the Creation in Triads

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Timepiece (minutes)

Preparation for Activity

  • Write the heading "Others Respond to the Creation" on newsprint and list these questions:
    • What do you see? (a blue button, the letter "A"; similar answers)
    • What story does the creation tell? (It tells a story about someone with a broken heart; similar answers)
    • What questions does this creation raise for you?
  • Write the heading "The Artist Speaks" on newsprint and list these questions:
    • What story do you tell?
    • What questions or wonderings do you now have about your creation?
    • What did you want to create, but could not accomplish?
    • What would you like to explore in the future around ideas that came up in your creation process?

Description of Activity

Invite participants to turn to two others sitting near them. Explain the activity as follows:

The triad will focus on each creation in turn. The artist is invited to remain quiet while the other two people in the group talk about the creation, using the questions posted on newsprint. The artist may make notes about questions or observations, but they are not to respond at this point-nor are they obligated to respond to those questions and observations at all. After five minutes, the artist is invited to break their silence and share with the group, responding to the "artist speaks" questions posted on newsprint. The artist will have five minutes to respond, before the triad turns its attention to the next creation.

Monitor time carefully, alerting people at five-minute intervals to move to the next part of the process.