2014 was a memorable year for us at More Art. The following post is an overview of the past year. We happily welcome 2015 and we wish all of you a very prosperous and joyous year ahead! #HappyNewYear #MoreArtin2015
Last Thursday was the final portfolio show for our Arts Ambassadors program. Our six talented young artists presented their exhibition, which they titled “Visions of Change.” The work in the show culminated through weekly after school classes and workshops at the School of Visual Arts. There, the students (juniors and seniors in local high schools)
Our final speaker session on July 17th was a great introduction to the work of socially engaged practices within the arts. We were informed of the work of artists/activists Jordan Seiler and Caroline Woolard, as well as Paula Z. Segal, who as an attorney works within the public space, often collaborating with artists. Jordan Seiler
Each week our Engaging Artists workshops bring new perspectives and great dialog about homelessness and activism to the forefront of creative practice. Last Thursday (July 10th) we had special guest speakers: Heather Stoltz (Temporary Shelter Project), Kenji Nakayama (Signs for the Homeless), Hunter Reynolds (Art in the Woods), Jody Wood (Beauty in Transition) Koko Surani, and Travis Laughlin (Education Director at the Joan Mitchell Foundation).
Our Engaging Artists residents are currently volunteering each week with the local homeless population. Some of the volunteer opportunities involve creating collaborative artworks with homeless residents who are either in shelters or in affordable housing. We’d like to celebrate their hard work and compassion by taking a look at previously realized projects around the issue of homelessness. The first artist we’re featuring is Fanny Allié.
In the lead-up to Residents of New York, our collaboration with Andres Serrano, we featured artists who have made socially engaged work about homelessness. Now that our Engaging Artists residents are beginning to formulate their projects, we’d like to take another look and profile some more artists that have worked with the homeless community.