PLAY FULL GROUND brings you and your life colors and smiles : )
“Play” and being playful, is necessary for creativity.
“Full” describes the sense of satisfaction.
“Ground" comes from playground and also means earth, land, and base.
The idea of "Play Full Ground (PFG) " began in late 2016 when Mai Ryuno, Pacific Grove based artist/educator, proposed the participatory art/community event to the Arts Council for Monterey County's LEAP Grant.
Upon her reception of the grant, she formed a collective with creative members of the Monterey Bay Area community in Visual & Culinary Arts.
With the Arts Council's support, PGF held the inaugural event at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in May, 2017.
Today, PFG is a hybrid between Social Practice of Art and entrepreneurship in which community members engage in creative activities, experience the positive and supportive environment, are inspired, encouraged and empowered to think and act creatively and differently to create a healthy, sustainable, and resilient community of diversity, original thinking and individuality.
About the creator
Mai Ryuno is a visual, installation, and performance artist whose artworks are concept driven, process oriented, and playful. She uses printmaking, drawing, and painting as well as food, saltwater, rain, textile, etc. Her abstract, subtle, sometimes bold and colorful imageries are often results of her interest in spontaneous ideas and acts of making.
She founded PLAY FULL GROUND in Monterey, CA as her Social Practice Art and business to bring the community together around creative activities such as workshops and events. She earned her M.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute after earning of her B.A. in English at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. She has taught studio art, creativity, and Project Based Learning at San Francisco Art Institute, OECD Tohoku School, and continues to inspire youths and adults though her work for Y-PLAN program at Center for Cities & Schools at UC Berkeley, California Community Colleges, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County.