Sometimes Art House (SAH) is an art collective founded by women artists of color to encourage collaboration and self-care in the artistic process. The group hosts exhibitions that reimagine cultural productions and spaces that have traditionally exploited non-white communities and womyn. Originally a group formed by artists attending Michigan State University, the group's primarily digital presence has allowed the artist network to expand to Detroit and Grand Rapids, MI, New York and Ohio.
Since it's first pop-up art show in 2017, "Girl Gaze, the group has hosted or participated in 15 shows in the Lansing, MI area. Artists who have participated in these shows come from various backgrounds and were selected on their ability to empathize and accurately interpret the narratives of historically marginalized identity groups versus technical skill. In 2020, the group built a presence in Detroit and is currently working on a participatory art project with Alternatives For Girls, a non-profit based in the Southwest region of the motor city. The short-term goal for Sometimes Art House is to develop a structure for a traveling participatory art project that could be applied at various organizations and schools in need of creative outlets for teenagers and young adults.
Through this collective we hope to honor our ancestors and the legacy of the "L.A. Rebellion" collective, The Black Panther Party and other creative networks that promoted black/brown liberation. A recent example of this was adopting the practice of "power displacement" by hosting a college party called "Intravidual" at a predominantly white co-op marketed and curated by Black and Latinx women artists. After the party, Sometimes Art House administered a survey to registered party-goers asking them to rate the level of accessibility and social equity practiced in the East Lansing co-op residents/network. The result of the project will culminate in what we call an "inclusion audit" of the co-op social scene which will be published in our forthcoming magazine.
The group's longterm goal is to develop a traveling, community-driven exhibition and art course to continue elevating the narratives of black/brown women within communities that have been historically marginalized by toxic industry practices.