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Artist Sustainability Workshop Series: Community Engagement using Winning Commissions at Public Art Spaces
April 9 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Learn how to maneuver through the proposal process, make choices for the subject and pre-execution of the work, learn how to procure materials, obtain work permits, and handle contract negotiations. Learn more about the levels of interaction with public administrators, community organizations, and municipal agencies. The goal is to explore ways on how the artists’ work can enhance their engagement with a certain community to improve its aesthetic quality and strengthen its social connections.
Special Guest: Stephen Pierson
Stephen Pierson is the executive director of ArtBridge, a nonprofit that empowers local artists to transform outdoor spaces. ArtBridge works in all five boroughs, and has partnered with Bronx artists and community groups to paint four Bronx stepstreets. Recently, ArtBridge was selected by NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs to implement City Canvas — a pilot program that enables ArtBridge to turn the city’s 300 miles of construction fencing into large-scale art exhibitions.
About Laura Alvarez (Instructor)
Laura Alvarez was born in Valencia, Spain. Studied an MA in Fine Arts in Spain and England. She was a graphic designer for more than 10 years. She arrived in New York in 2009 and went back to basics: art, illustration, mural painting, community and education. Laura is interested in how art interacts with people and what better place than the streets? She has taken her artwork out and has worked in different countries and neighborhoods of NYC, partnering with DOT Art (Department of Transportation), Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, ArtBridge, NYCares, WHEDco, Arecibo es 500 and more.
Laura is the Co-Founder, Vice-President and COO of BxArts Factory, a non profit organization which mission is to make art accessible to everyone in the Bronx. The Factory’s programs support local artists and arts projects to increase social change.