Current Trends in Public Art 2- Public Art & Social Practice
This is the second part of a three part discussion series on new topics and trends in the public art field. Participants will hear from Jules Rochielle, Founder, Researcher, and Curator of the Social Practices Art Network (SPAN), a resource for individuals, organizations, community groups, and institutions that are interested in new genre art forms and practices. In 2014, SPAN launched an international research project focused on the needs of socially and community engaged artists. The SPAN collective 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.
Participants will then hear from De Andrea Nichols social entrepreneur, museum educator, and communication designer based in St. Louis, MO. Nichols will speak about her program FoodSpark, a series of monthly, themed, and potluck-style dinner parties that serve as a chance to meet, make friends, and share social ideas on the topics that are selected each dinner. She will also share a little about the United Story project that uses story-based events, workshops, and projects to address social topics that interest communities. Both projects are run by Nichols' Civic Creatives team and use art and creative practice for civic matchmaking and community-based problem solving.
Q&A will follow presentations.
Jules Rochielle, Founder, Researcher, and Curator of the Social Practices Art Network;
De Andrea Nichols social entrepreneur, museum educator, and communication designer, St. Louis, MO