Inspired: Art at Work
Action for prosperity, protection, and perseverance
INSPIRED: Art at Work will bring 2 visiting artists and 2 local artists to socially engaged projects in summer 2018. Working closely with scientists, and policy-makers, and five local partner organizations, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Western Slope Conservation Center, Farm and Food Alliance, Solar Energy International, and North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, artists will create socially-engaged works that explore and address selected environmental, cultural, social, and economic issues vital to preserving the natural world and the quality of life and sense of place in the North Fork Valley. These collaborations and a final symposium are designed to broadly engage community dialog on concerns vital to the future of this rural area.
Through a series of meetings/discussions, the artists and community members will define a particular issue or set of issues such as, the impact of energy development, Gunnison River health, air quality, changing energy resources, the loss of coal mining jobs, changing cultural norms, etc. The project is designed to promote dialog among the diverse elements of our community. Throughout the two months, local citizens will have multiple opportunities to participate in the project. The artists will help us tell our stories, bridging artistic disciplines and activism. The artworks are the catalysts for significant exchange of ideas, values, and future dreams. Working together to create a work of art is a community-building endeavor, like placing bricks side-by-side to create a walkway all can walk upon. In the artistic process of making or performing—barriers often disintegrate and friends are made while working together
What is 'Socially Engaged Art'? “an art medium that focuses on social engagement, inviting collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions in the creation of art that informs a social issue”.
February 17th, 2018 Artist introduction and videoconference cross-pollination event with project partners and public audience.
April 2018 Preliminary project press release due, with headshot and image of past work
June 1 Symposium tickets go on sale!
July 24-26th Texas Tech University, Art Student Cohort visiting socially-engaged artists.
July and August, 2018 Artists in-Residence at Elsewhere Studios
August 24-26, 2018 Symposium held, artists participate
Please email Karen Good at email@example.com with any questions.
INSPIRED Symposium: August 24-26
Tickets on sale June 1!