CLUTCH Vol. 5: AGO Massive Party GOLD

This season of CLUTCH has started off with a bang!

In case you haven’t already checked out the blog entry written by Marie, one of the five Clutch participants, check it out here to learn more about how the program kicked off with a history lesson taught by Mithi Esguerra.

With new knowledge of Filipino history, these ladies were bursting at the seams with inspiration. They were quickly able to manifest their ideas and energy at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s annual fundraiser MASSIVE.

More photos inside!

Patricia and Shaina at the AGO's Weston Family Learning Centre

Clutch collaborated with artist Jeff Garcia—better known as MANGO PEELER. His vision for Massive aligned perfectly with the fundraiser’s theme for the year: GOLD. Together, the Clutch participants and Mango Peeler transformed the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre (WFLC) into a tropical jungle laced in psychedelic gold and neon.

They also got the party started with a haunting performance art piece that began outside the gallery and continued at the WFLC, the first space that Massive guests stepped into as they filed into the AGO.

It was a long yet super exciting day. After hours of preparation and an eerily stoic performance accompanied by melodious (and at times erratic) kulintang music, the Clutch participants had the opportunity to explore the gallery, interact with the public, and dance up a storm to the sounds of Maylee Todd (!) who performed a set from her newly released album, Escapology, in the AGO’s Baillie Court.

If this boisterous beginning is an indication of what the next few months will look like, then we are certainly in for a treat! Keep your eyes peeled for more blog entries written by the young women of Clutch Vol. 5!

Check out more photos of Clutch Vol. 5 and Mango Peeler on the AGO’s Flickr account!