*The Watershed Workshop for People with HIV/AIDS, 1991-2004.*

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Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is a not-for-profit organization
located in mid-coast Maine, dedicated to supporting artists who create with


In 1991 Gustavo Gonzales, an art therapist from New York City, who was
working with clients at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, was invited to
coordinate a week-long session at Watershed. The members of the initial
group were primarily from Provincetown MA, a connection made through a
Watershed board member. The success of that endeavor led Lynn Duryea, one
of the three artist founders of Watershed, to determine the workshop should
continue to be offered annually, which it was, from 1992 until 2004. In two
of those years, an additional workshop was added, so that a total of 15
workshops were presented. Participants were primarily from the Northeast,
but also came from the South and California.

The eight-day workshop was envisioned and structured as a way to see how
community and creativity could positively affect people’s lives, no matter
what their circumstances. One hundred and forty-five participants, from
1991-2004, lived and worked at Watershed, alongside the resident staff, all
of whom were active ceramic artists. The energy and camaraderie was
amazing. Needless to say, in the early 1990’s, people living with HIV/AIDS
were not often invited to live and work in community settings. It is
commendable that the staff and board of Watershed was willing to support
this endeavor.


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