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Mini Shrine Workshop At Metropolitan Libraries

Are you a fan of anime or manga?  Want to learn how to show your appreciation for your favorite anime and manga characters? 

Oklahoma City artist Kiona Wooton-Millirons visits the Metropolitan Library System in June and July to show teens how to design and construct mini shrines with found objects, photographs, and other recycled bits and pieces. 

Mini shrines are small representations of something special in a person’s life.  So you have two or three photographs on your desk of loved ones?  You could call them a mini shrine.  The concept has been around for centuries, but has recently been adopted by fans of Japanese animation and comics.

“This is an open studio presentation,” said MLS teen services coordinator Emily Williams.  “Kiona will have some materials to make the shrines from, but everyone who comes to the workshop is encouraged to bring their own items to work with.”

In art, “found objects”—sometimes called “readymades”—are the things we have around us all the time that were not originally created to be works of art but can be arranged in an artistic

way to make something new out of some things that are old.  Stones arranged in a pattern in a garden can be “found art.”

“The point is that you don’t need a lot of expensive art supplies to make a mini shrine,” Williams added.  “All you really need is imagination and a special place in your heart for the thing or person you’re making the shrine to honor.”

The Mini Shrines workshops will be conducted in several Metropolitan Library System locations.

Capitol Hill Library on June 19 at 2:00pm

Downtown Library on June 22 at 3:00pm

Bethany Library June 26 at 1:00pm

The Midwest City Library on July 8 at 4:00pm

Southern Oaks Library on July 9 at 7:00pm

Ralph Ellison Library on July 10 at 6:00pm

The Edmond Library on July 15 at 4:00pm

Choctaw Library on July 17 at 6:00pm

The Village Library on July 22 at 3:00pm

Please call the library at which you’d like to attend the workshop to pre-register.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.