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).
At our second session of Engaging Artists Todd Lester of freeDimensional gave a great keynote speech; Martha Dorn (Art Therapy Outreach Center) introduced to the practice of Art Therapy, and Art Therapist Karen Gibbons led us through a cathartic experiential exercise.
Our 2014 Engaging Artists residents. Bottom, sitting from left to right: Christina Sukhgian Houle, Jamie Grove, Anne Peabody, Flavia Berindoague, Sue jeong Ka, Corinne Cappelletti, Anthony Heinz May. Top, standing from left to right: Anna Adler, Kate Weigel, David Wallace, Fanny Allié, Dato Mio, Travis Fairclough, Julia Ann Frances Rooney, and Emily Miller. Our Engaging
Thank you to those who joined us over the weekend for our Art Walk in Bushwick, Brooklyn. If you couldn’t make it don’t worry, we have the whole thing covered!
On May 21st we had our public opening for Andres Serrano: Residents of New York at La Guardia Place in the West Village. The weather was perfect and the plaza was filled with great conversation, and of course the stunning images from our collaboration with Andres Serrano. There was a performative element to this event, images were affixed to sign posts and were held throughout the night.
Gentrification is a dirty word that is central to the discourse of New York City’s rapidly changing environment. It’s a major concern for longstanding neighborhoods of working class people. There are different perspectives as to whether gentrification hurts or helps the neighborhood’s vitality, but what should be evident to all are the drastic changes in many a neighborhood’s zoning. Old historic buildings are coming down at a swift pace, and new luxurious glass condominiums are popping up in their wake.