During this session of OPA Live! Extended, Che Anderson and his guest, Matt Gondek will be discussing the topic of the Business of Art and the intersectional opportunities between the public sphere and the metaverse.
OPA Live! Extended is a new Office of Public Art (OPA) program. This three-part series is a spin-off of OPA Live!, a 30-minute Instagram series that features Pittsburgh-based cultural producers in conversations with their peers around the country and globe. Inspired by this format, OPA Live! Extended will provide more time for live in-depth conversations and interaction with the audience. This series will be held remotely, via Zoom.
Che Anderson is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for the City and Community Relations at the UMass Chan Medical School where he serves as a human bridge between the institution and external stakeholders. An avid lover of street art, Che has led efforts to increase Worcester’s (Mass.) public art, most notably serving as the founding Director of POW! WOW! Worcester, an annual placemaking festival that brings internationally acclaimed muralists, illustrators, and installation artists to Central Massachusetts in an effort to activate vacant and underused spaces, promote diversity, and stimulate dialogue in the City of Worcester. His recent endeavors include serving on the board of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Food and Convo, a storytelling platform that explores the intersectionality of culture and cuisine through the lens of diversity with a focus on creatives, makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
Matt Gondek is a Deconstructive Pop Artist, whose work is possessed with a punk rock spirit, celebrating rebellion and destruction. With a visceral pop color palette and a disarmingly playful tone, he tears down cartoon idols, akin to slaughtering our modern day gods. Born in 1982, his creative voice is rooted in the 90s; as a true conduit of his generation and their potentially pointless search for meaning and purpose amidst cruel life in a flawed world. He boasts sold out exhibitions in his home of Los Angeles as well as New York, Paris, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.
Tickets for OPA Live! Extended are Pay What You Can: $0 – $10, plus an option to donate to OPA Programs. The registration link below will redirect you to Eventbrite where you will complete your registration.Registration