Category Archives: Social Practice

Arts Ambassadors: Visions of Change

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014

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)

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Art Basel Miami and the Surreal Reality of the Art World

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The art world (the commercial side of it) showed its stripes during Art Basel 2014. While the nation (and the world) was protesting the aftermath of the injustices resulting from the grand juries refusal to indict officers who’ve shown excessive force in the deaths of unarmed black men (unfortunately the list of names of black individuals killed at the hands of authoritative figures consistently grows); the art world was spending exuberant amounts of money on fine art objects and reveling at celebrity filled after-parties around the beaches of sunny Miami.

The Impossibility of Freedom. Protest and Creative Resistance

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Our recent project (October 7th, 2014) was a one time performance by Dread Scott called On the Impossibility of Freedom: In a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide. Dread has been at the forefront of addressing social inequality in his performances and installations. His work has a longstanding history in makes revolutionary art to propel history forward.

Engaging Artists: The Artist as Activist

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

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

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Another week, another inspiring Engaging Artists Workshop

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014

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).