Frustrated with the current state of things, more people are organizing for change and looking to apply their creative skills outside the studio to support the movements they champion. In this six-week workshop, you will design artistic responses to social challenges and practice useful tools for the development and deployment of community projects. From long-term works that support a neighborhood’s strength and resilience to one-day events that confront systemic injustice, we will workshop new ideas, grow our toolbox of practical skills, and ground ourselves in historical and theoretical frameworks of art and resistance.
Topics covered may include:
Group Dynamics, Facilitation Techniques, Living as Form
What skills do artists already posses and what skills can help artists undertaking new community-based initiatives? We will look at projects that exist outside the art world (as well as those that have been co-opted by it) from the Combahee River Collective to Women on Waves, and practice skills that foster group participation and center equity.
Human-Centered Design and Participatory Action Research
Human-centered design is an approach to problem solving that centers the user and their experience.Though worthy of critique, this strategy offers a wealth of tools for community-based projects rooted in ‘participatory action research.’ In this session, we will use human-centered design techniques to move from brainstorming to rapid prototyping and refining ideas.
Sustainability and Strategic Planning
How can you leverage your new found knowledge and make this work a sustainable part of your practice? We will look at lessons from local activists who’ve been working at the intersection of art and social change to understand how they make this work sustainable. Either as art, or organizing, or both, from the Blackout Collective to Favianna Rodriguez, the wisdom is already here. Writer adrienne maree brown has created a new take on strategic planning for artists and activists called, ‘Emergent Strategy.’ We will finish the workshop with lessons from her book and make personal plans for moving forward strategically.
Lauren Marie Taylor is a Bay Area conceptual artist. In 2013 she was the first Artist in Residence at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, from which the first message was sent to outer space. In 2015 she was an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, where she worked with the Vatican Astronomical Observatory. Recent projects include collaborative work on the Man in Space Collection at the Walt Disney Family Museum, Satellite Engineering at California Academy of Sciences, Workshops for BAN 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and a solo exhibition at Southern Exposure on science fiction and robotics in the Civil Rights Era. Taylor has presented at the Octavia Butler Conference, Science in the Studio Symposium for AICAD, the Bay Area Science Festival, Nerd Nite, Stairwells and more. She was a 2016-17 Equity Fellow at YBCA. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, an MEd from Portland State University and an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts.