- (1999-2018) For 19 years, I have maintained a practice as a Cultural Worker, Community Organizer and as a Socially Engaged Artist, working in Vancouver, Australia, England, Mexico, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, New York and Boston. Clients include: Full Circle First Nations Performance, The Heart of the City Festival, The Fringe Festival, Freewaves New Media, Access to Media Education Society, Grand Central Art Center, City of Santa Ana, Related Housing Partners LP and, the Metabolic Studio.
- Founder of (SPAN) Social Practices Art Network and the Social Design Collective LLC.
- (2018) Contracted as a consultant to work with the Metabolic Studio Annenberg Foundation to conduct research on a variety of key issues relevant to the LGBTQIA + population. My overall objective was to research organizations in New York City and to make informed grant recommendations totaling $500,000. I arranged 6 philanthropic site visits to the Urban Justice Center, the Audre Lord Project, Lesbian Herstory Archive, the Leslie Lohman Museum, Sage, Silvia Rivera Law Project and to the Interference Archive.
- (2017) After the tragedy at the PULSE night club in Orlando, Florida, I was instrumental in raising $20,000 from the Metabolic Studio/ Annenberg Foundation. Working as an independent community organizer in collaboration with La Familia and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund to co-organize 20 LGBTIA POC and Non-Gender Conforming Individuals from across the country for a convening in Washington DC and healing circles held with community organizers in Los Angeles at the Metabolic Studio.
- (2015-2016) Social Design Collective was granted 40,000 and was the first NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Public Artist in Residency program (PAIR). Our team was embedded into the New York Department of Veterans Affairs and Harlem Veteran Center. I worked in collaboration with artist and veteran Christine Tinsley to host a variety of events held as an aspect of our work with female veterans in NYC. The work was cited in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. We also participated in Artists In and Of the City panel, held at the Queens Museum. See articles: here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/female-veterans-to-collaborate-with-artists-in-harlem-1447036277 and http://www.abladeofgrass.org/growing-dialogue/making-space-for-artists-in-government/
- (2014) (SPAN) expanded to include two other team members and we developed an international survey and study that has reached and engaged over 500 artists from around the globe that participate in socially engaged art practices. For the survey, (SPAN) partnered with Open Engagement, Arts Quest (a program of University of the Arts London, an educational charity), and DotToDot (UK) Arts. This survey allowed our team to published and present our findings in journals, blogs. online resources and conferences.
- (2013) Community Organizer, Project Advisor, Researcher and Media Mentor, The Raitt St. Chronicles: A Survivors Oral History, a collaborative effort between the artist, Santa Ana Public Library and Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
- (2011-2013) Created the Social Design Collective LLC, after being awarded a $100,000 art commission funded by Related LA and the City of Santa Ana. As an aspect of this community engaged public art project we worked with Garfield Elementary School to provide an arts based curriculum to all students.This generated partnerships between community organizations, academic institutions, residents, youth and local municipalities. SDC worked closely with the local community to define the scope and shape of the entire public art project.
- Hired and managed artists, arts educators
- Co-developed an arts curriculum for the elementary school.
- Worked with fabricators, photographers, city planners, architects to build and install a public artwork.
- Developed partnerships with a range of community groups and cultural organizations
- Developed strong and long-lasting relationships with city officials, arts institutions, funders and associations.
- (2010 - 2011) "Scale-up" visibility as a Social Engaged Artist with exhibition invitations
- Bronx River Art Center
- Online archive called Living as Form: Social Practice Archive, at the Creative Time Social Practice Summit.
- Public Interest Residency, at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
- Performing Public Space, at Casa Del Tunel, Tijuana.
- (2010) Contracted as curriculum designer with Native Public Media for the first Media Excellence Program for Native American Public and Community Radio Producers. This was a 3-credit college course at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Native Public Media’s signature Media Excellence Program was designed to help bridge the media and digital divides in Indian Country.
- (2009) Launched (SPAN) Social Practices Art Network as an international grassroots resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and practices. The primary goal of (SPAN) was to conduct ongoing research and interview socially engaged artists, art collectives, art communities and colleagues around the globe. This endeavor allowed me to scale up my studio practice and to create an informal online pedagogy for other socially engaged artists and students across the country.
- (1999-2005) Co-founder and Artistic Producer at Miscellaneous Productions (founded by Elaine Carol, Jules Rochielle and a volunteer board of directors). MISCELLANEOUS Productions seeks to educate the public and professional artists about prevention of, and responses to societal problems at the same time as facilitating access to new and emerging approaches to art and the creative process. Created the model and pedagogy of this program along with Co-founder/Director Elaine Carol Trained groups of youth and elders using models of anti-racism and anti-violence training combined with community based art as a vehicle for social change. See more here: http://www.miscellaneousproductions.ca/productions/
Commissions and Residencies
(2016) Center For Artistic Artivism, Queens Museum, New York, NY
(2016) Women With Wings Artists Residency, Boulder, CO
(2015-2016) NYC Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs and Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY
(2013-2012) Lead Artist, Story Circle, Public Art Commission, Santa Ana California Station District commissioned by Related Housing Partners LP and the City of Santa Ana, CA
(2011-2013) Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
(2012) Dlux Media, Sydney, Australia
(2011) Who’s Data, Knowles West Media Center, Bristol, UK
(2011–2010) Public Interest, Los Angeles Center for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, CA
(2008) Artists in the Back Country, Sequoia Parks Foundation, Mt Whitney and Kings Canyon, CA
(2018) NCECA Conference, Arts Teaching, Learning and Transformation Panel, Pittsburg, PA
(2016) Public Art, Activism and Intellectual Property, Panelist, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Ma
(2016) Artists In and Of the City, Panelist, Queens Museum, Queens , NY
(2015) Current Trends in Public Art 2- Public Art & Social Practice Webinar, Americans for the Arts, USA
(2015) College Art Association Art Space Presentation: Art and Activism Panel, NY, NY
(2014) Unruly Engagements, Cleveland Institute of the Arts, Cleveland, Oh
(2014) Engaging Publics, Co-organized by Auckland Art Gallery and AUT University School of Art and Design, Auckland, NZ
(2014) Radical Archives Conference, hosted by Index of the Disappeared and NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, NY, NY
(2011) Congress of Collectives, Flux Factory, NY, NY
(2011) Otis College of Art and Design, Public Practice MFA Program, Los Angeles, CA
(2010) Street Smarts, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles
(2010) University of Southern California Public Art History, Los Angeles, CA
(2007) Creative Mapping Community and Digital Storytelling – How & Why, OUR stories Demonstrating Change Storytelling, Round House Community Center, Vancouver, BC
(2016) Art Matters Nominee, New York, NY
(2014) Nominee for the 2015 Headlands Chamberlain Award, San Francisco, CA
(2014) Art Matters Nominee, New York, NY
(2015) Navigating the Third Space Jules Rochielle, B. Stephen Carpenter Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy Vol.12, Iss. 2
(2015) Engaging Publics, Together Work , Publication of Engaging Publics/Public Engagement Symposium, Auckland, NZ
(2014) What is Post Social Practice? Open Engagement 100 Artist in 100 Days, Open Engagement, New York, NY, published by Open Engagement and the Queens Museum, Queens, NY
(2012) Together Work, Material Conditions, published by Proboscis, London, England
(2012) Taking to the Streets, Food, Art and Politics, for Spring Issue 43 of the Public Art Review, Minneapolis, MN
(2011) Something More Than Survival, Material Conditions, published by Proboscis, London, England
(2008) Mapping Community, Access All Areas: Conversations on Engaged Arts. Ed. Tania Willard. Vancouver: published by the Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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