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Engaging Artists Workshop: Artist as Activist
July 17, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Photo by: Jordan Seiler www.publicadcampaign.com
Artists whose practice bridges the gap between art and activism will talk about their work. The artists’ experience will be enriched and contextualized through the workshop with professionals in the field as well as artists, curators, and activists. Paula Segal of 596 Acres and artists whose practice bridges the gap between art and activism will talk about their work: Jordan Seiler (http://www.publicadcampaign.com/), Caroline Woolard of NYCTBD (http://nyctbd.com/), and more to be announced.
Engaging Artists encourages local artists to deepen their understanding of socially engaged art through volunteer opportunities and interactive workshops with professionals in the fields of fine art and activism. During this six-week program, participants are required to volunteer at least a half a day per week at a local charitable organization.
The theme of the 2014 Engaging Artists program is Homelessness. This summer, the Engaging Artists residency will encourage 15 artists to deepen their understanding of socially engaged art through volunteer opportunities with one of the city’s most vulnerable populations, the homeless. Presented by More Art, and developed in partnership with the Artist Volunteer Center, Judson Memorial Church, Common Ground, and The Bowery Mission. More Art has crafted a one-of-a-kind program that activates artists to become involved in art-making and mentoring homeless youth in New York City. The six-week residency program will be connected to their studio practice, encouraging the production of artwork that is informed by this unique program, which will culminate in a show of the work made during this time. Artists will be able to submit proposals for a project at the end of their residency, and selected projects will be funded by More Art to allow the artist to continue his or her work with this population.