• Words as Legacy
  • Words as Legacy – A Leaf of Knowledge Exhibition Words as Legacy – A Leaf of Knowledge Exhibition Words as Legacy – A Leaf of Knowledge exhibition will be open at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts from April 13 to May 26, 2012...
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  • A leaf of knowledge A leaf of knowledge This collaborative project, A Leaf of Knowledge, is the result of a community deeply touched and inspired by Brendan’s strength,  optimism and his artistic gift for using words especially in his final year of life...
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  • Articulation Articulation Diane Granat had a gift for words. Words that gave advice, comfort, and guidance. This memorial piece is our gift back, to honor an extraordinary woman and her life’s work...
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Preserving identity and memory through community, art, and language

Mission Statement

Words as Legacy honors the life and work of Diane Granat Yalowitz and Brendan Ogg. Both were gifted writers. Both lost their lives to brain cancer. And both lived in the same community of friends.

Two collaborative projects - "Articulation" and "A Leaf of Knowledge" - evolved naturally as our community felt the pain of loss and the need to heal. Using the words of Diane and Brendan, we wrap, we knit, we listen and we share. The result is not only the reshaping of their words into a new form, but also a shared transformation of something greater than ourselves, especially as the collaboration takes its physical shape. The projects began from a sense of loss but the passage of time in creating these pieces embodies and reflects the healing process that flows out of a year’s effort in wrapping Diane’s words around paperclips or in knitting the panels of yarn that surround the woven words of Brendan’s poetry. We honor them word-by-word, stitch-by-stitch, memory-by-memory, a legacy to the words of the lives they lived and the indelible contributions they made.

Please join with us by reading, posting, sharing or knitting.


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