From singular events to community spaces spanning many seasons, traveling interactive art, and a pop-up in a cafe, I often simply try to provide materials and a cozy environment in which to make self-directed art together.
at The Sanctuary, Arcata, CA
I facilitated a conversation in a candle-lit room, where people sat in a circle, some in chairs, some on the floor, with an invitation for letting there be lots of silence, and I asked the questions "what does love look like to you?" and " tell us about someone you admire". People were welcome to draw while sitting in the circle.
July 2017 - January 2019
Celo, North Carolina
Founded by myself and Tayloranne Finch, with incredible support from our community of close friends and neighbors, HoneyLa was a place where anyone could come to make art anytime. There were many different phases of programming. Pictured here is a moment from a Friday night art party, which occurred weekly throughout HoneyLa's first winter.
Grow Baby Grow
When I was pregnant with my daughter Ruby Moon, I did a fundraising campaign to buy a car and cross the country, letting people paint on my car when I stopped in different locations.
The Ever-Expanding Heart
Local Sprouts, Portland, Maine
As a part of a group show at Local Sprouts Cooperative Cafe in Portland, Maine, I provided materials for people to write love letters to anything, and I often sat in the cafe, sewing them together.
Summer 2012-Spring 2013
San Francisco, California
Make Harmony was the name we gave to a project where we created a gathering, art-making, and living space out of my father, Jon Hoffman's, warehouse. The warehouse was rented by Spice of Life Caterers, Inc., my dad's business, and the business was struggling financially as I was finishing up college. He asked me to help, and Make Harmony is what resulted. There was lots of programming -- social justice meetings, food justice gatherings, gardening, trauma support groups, jam nights (making fruit jam and playing music), and large community dinners. As eviction drew nearer, since the business had not been able to pay rent, the space became more and more of a living space for a large group that would go on to try to turn an abandoned church into an art space.
of Hannah as an Art Facilitator / Creative Midwife
1. Her willingness to glow invites others to shine their light.
2. I love her warmth/openness and realness while communicating/being and that it makes me feel safe and free in her presence
3. I love how fun it is to play and giggle with her
4. I love that I've always thought of her as a guiding force (a leader/a facilitator) and I've always believed in her journey/dream
5. It's tough to be a teenager sometimes and I love that when I was a teenager she felt like a magic sanctuary
Hannah’s loving tender reach stretches far and wide -- my teenage years were considerably more whimsical and joyful just knowing that she was near.