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The Art of the Social Practice Arts Incubator

Public Humanities, Humanities in Practice Workshops

dateNovember 2, 2022 timeWednesday, 2:00pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Projection of dark-skinned children holding hands against the wall of a room with canvases on the floor

In the last decades, social practice artists have come to fore by developing art and culture tools to highlight inequities faced by marginalized communities. In this workshop Ayelet, a Doctoral candidate in the Art & Art Education program and the social practice curator behind Voices of Multiplicity (VoM) will help participants connect their scholarly interests to social practice artists and art projects utilizing visual resources and community mapping. Ayelet will be joined by Andrea Orellana, an Art & Art Ed Masters’ student who took the Community Arts class and is an artist in the VoM II cohort

The 90-minute workshop will cover:

I. How Social practice art projects are useful in highlighting social, environmental, and wellness justice

II. Refine your voice: Reframe personal priorities, connect to skills & explore the motivation for change

III. Align priorities: Synthesize your personal voice and vision with perceived community priorities

Workshop Leader

Ayelet Danielle Aldouby (Doctor of Education Candidate, Art and Art Education)
Project: Voices of multiplicity (VoM) @ Bookmobile

Voices of multiplicity is a residency program for artists who identify themselves as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and who are experiencing lack of access to resources and barriers to entry into the art world. VoM is collaborating with the Brooklyn Public Library( BPL) book/tech mobile to design art projects around an understanding of local culture, needs, and knowledge informed by the interests of communities served by the mobile vehicles. The fellowship will support a pilot mentoring collaborative space between VoM artists and students from the Art & art Education program at Teachers College in the design of community arts projects to be implemented through the BPL Bookmobile and centered on sustainable civic engagement and progressive pedagogy.

This workshop is presented as part of the Public Humanities Skills Workshops, a series of sessions that connect graduate fellows and the public with skills, methods, and strategies to engage in the interdisciplinary field of the Public Humanities. These workshops are hosted by the Public Humanities Initiative and open to all. Advanced registration is required.

Please email [email protected] to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Image Credit: Button Soap/Equity Platform, Social Justice Residency Natchez , MS (2017)
Artist: Cadu (Lead) with Ann Grennell, Hanna Drake, Johnie and Loraine Griffin and Girls N’Pearls from the Coalition of 100 Black Women ; Curator Ayelet D. Aldouby supported by IDEASxLab Photo: Ayelet D. Aldouby