Public Art Training Camp 2021

Artists and communities building relationships and collaborative practices

Public Art Training Camp 2021 is a six-week training series for artists and arts administrators at any stage of their career, and those seeking to work with artists in a community setting.

For this season of Public Art Training Camp, OPA has brought together a roster of local and national speakers who have put building relationships and working with communities at the center of their practice. The season’s goal is to provide attendees with the tools and knowledge necessary to embark on successful collaborative work. The format of the sessions will allow for interaction and reflection with the presenters.

Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Each session will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

What is Creative Placemaking?
Njaimeh Njie, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This first session will provide an overview of how OPA approaches creative placemaking within Pittsburgh’s public realm. Guest speaker Njaimeh Njie will share her experience working with the Hill House Association on Homecoming: Hill District, USA, a temporary public art work that engaged members of the Hill District neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The talk will address the benefits of creative placemaking practices, and how artists can engage these practices to develop relationships and build successful partnerships.

About Njaimeh Njie

Njaimeh Njie is a photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Her work documents contemporary Black life, with a particular focus on the past shapes the present. Njie’s work has been featured in outlets including CityLab, Belt Magazine, and the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Storyboard Blog, and she has presented at venues including TEDxPittsburghWomen, Harvard University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Among several awards and grants, Njie was named the 2019 Visual Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh City Paper, the 2019 Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellow, and the 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Njie earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Working Relationships: Artists & Organizations
Edith Abeyta, Tony Buba, and Judy Barricella, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

How can artists and organizations establish strong working relationships to improve collaborative work? Artist Edith Abeyta will be in conversation with filmmaker Tony Buba and Judy Barricella. Buba and Barricella worked together as a team on the film Small Differences, a film project commissioned by the City of Pittsburgh – Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities, and on Voices of Our Region, an oral history project featuring 57 first-person stories from Western Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. Buba, a filmmaker, collaborated with Barricella, then chair of the task force, to create the work. The conversation, moderated by Abeyta, will review their process for communication strategies, conflict resolution, and developing project flow when artists and organizations are engaged in large-scale creative work.

About Edith Abeyta

Edith Abeyta is a visual artist living in North Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her current practice is centered around people, identity and negotiating relationships with the built environment. This manifests as temporary installations, sculptures, experiential life events and temporary public art. She frequently collaborates with other visual artists, poets, scholars, and the public.

Abeyta has been working as an artist in residence with the Office of Public Art at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood since June 2014. Her work with Hazelwood residents has directly resulted in a multi-year project, Arts Excursions Unlimited, a free monthly arts excursions program, an art studio and temporary public art. She has received public art commissions from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Her work has been exhibited at the Lakenhal Museum Lieden, the Netherlands, Burapha University Gallery, Thailand, Long Beach Museum of Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

About Tony Buba

Tony Buba has been producing documentaries since 1972 in both long and short formats. Since getting his M.F.A from Ohio University in 1976, Tony has worked on several feature films, including George Romero’s Martin and Dawn of the Dead.

In addition to his behind-the-scenes roles, Tony has appeared onscreen as well. In Dawn of the Dead, he is a featured motorcycle raider who gets his arm torn off at a blood pressure machine. He also has a cameo in the Sundance hit, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Tony incorporated Braddock Films in 1992, and beyond producing personal work, has been involved in creating award-winning documentaries in the Pittsburgh area. His films have been screened at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and other major international film festivals. He has had one-person exhibitions at more than 100 universities and museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Carnegie Museum of Art.

Tony and Braddock Films have also been featured on NPR. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, AFI, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

About Judy Barricella

Judy Barricella was the Director of the Disability Connection in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. In this position, Ms. Barricella has been able to bring a keen awareness of the needs of individuals with disabilities in the County who do not fit into traditional funding streams either because of disability type or age. She was able to secure funding in 2006 through the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform to meet some of those needs. Through the Aging and Disability Resource Center (Allegheny Link) a one stop shop has been created for persons seeking services and access to benefits.

Ms. Barricella, a native of Pittsburgh, attended the University of Pittsburgh for her undergraduate degree and received her Master’s degree at the University of South Florida. She continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences as a NIDRR Fellow and then a UCLID Fellow.

In 1980 as the founding director of the Center for Independent Living she was able to expand her advocacy work to include issues that are important for adults as well as children.

She has been active as a member of numerous boards and committees locally, statewide and nationally. Judy Barricella has been a role model for the disability community for decades, inspiring those who wish to live in a community where people of all abilities can live, work, and socialize.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Engaging Equity
Michael Rohd & Anu Yadav, Center for Performance and Civic Practice, nationwide

Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP) is a national resource for artists and communities working together for arts-based, community-led transformation. CPCP believes that with the right approach, the same tools and capacities that artists use to make art can be utilized to transform systems and improve the impacts of government and community-driven efforts and programs. In this session, CPCP will lead participants through a dynamic process to define equity within the context of cultural work, the challenges in regard to achieving it, and the tools needed for building it. The session will center attendee participation and discussion in small breakout rooms and together as a large group. Attendance for this session will be limited to 25 participants.

Please note that, due to registration limitations, this session is NOT included in the five session registration package. Attendees must register for it separately.

About Michael Rohd

Michael Rohd is a co-founder/member of the 21-year old national, ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He is an Institute Professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts and is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He is an Artist for Civic Imagination at Center for Performance and Civic Practice and he was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago. In addition to Rohd’s creative work at venues and with partners across the nation, much of his current practice focuses on supporting local capacity for equitable, cross-sector, culture-based partnerships working for public good in civic and community systems.

About Anu Yadav

Anu Yadav is a member of the Leadership Circle at the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. She is an Indian heritage actress, playwright, and cultural worker. She recently hosted Getting into Step: A Movement Podcast for the Long Haul produced by the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice. She was the inaugural 2019-2020 Creative Strategist Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, funded by the Department of Arts and Culture. She produced Healing Through Story: A Toolkit on Grassroots Approaches, a 70-page guide on arts-based methods for community-building. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Alternate ROOTS, the Dramatists Guild, Network of Ensemble Theaters and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds an M.F.A. in Performance from University of Maryland, College Park. She is a 2021-2022 Civic Media Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at University of Southern California. You can visit her website here.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Community Engagement
Joseph Claunch & Daryl Shack, Zuni Youth Enrichment Project, Zuni, New Mexico

Joseph Claunch is the executive director of the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP) in Zuni, New Mexico. Founded in 2008, ZYEP’s mission is to ensure the healthy development of Zuni children through summer camps, sports leagues, after-school opportunities, and garden-based education, all of which are grounded in Zuni traditions. For this session, Claunch will be presenting on Ho’n A:wan Community Park, in conversation with lead artist Daryl Shack, and the important role that community artists and culture-bearers played in the design of the park to create the best possible space for the Zuni community.

About Joseph Claunch

Joseph Claunch is a member of the Puyallup Tribe of Tacoma, Washington and executive director for the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project. Claunch earned his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Kansas; Master’s in Education from the University of Oregon; and Bachelor’s of Arts in Indigenous Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University. Claunch’s 17 years of dedicated service to Native American communities focuses on developing programs and infrastructure that optimize the engagement and well-being of Native American youth.

About Daryl Shack

Daryl Shack Sr. is a member of the Zuni Tribe and comes from a long line of well respected artists. He has a passion for art, culture, conversation, and his Pueblo community. Daryl has been invested in helping young Zuni artists learn more about Zuni’s rich artistic traditions and helping older artists to maximize the business of being a self-employed Native artist. Daryl is a well respected community leader, effective art teacher, and successful Native art entrepreneur.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Working with a Fabricator
Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Artist Ginger Brooks Takahashi will share her process and tips for preparing materials to work with a fabricator. Recently, Brooks Takahashi completed the Nine Mile Run Viewfinder, a series of portals for seeing, hearing, and smelling the underground waterways. Brooks Takahashi will explain ho artists can work with fabricators to circumvent challenges and clearly articulate artistic concepts.

About Ginger Brooks Takahashi

Ginger Brooks Takahashi’s collaborative project-based, socially enraged practice is an extension of feminist spaces and queer inquiry, actively building community, and nurturing alternative forms of information distribution. She is co-founder of queer and feminist journal LTTR; projet MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project; the touring musical act MEN; and General Sisters. She has presented work at the Oakland Museum of California, 2019; Jewish Museum, 2016; Tensta Konsthall, 2015; Brooklyn Museum, 2013; Museo Tamayo, 2010; New Museum, 2009; and Serpentine Gallery, 2008. She received her BA from Oberlin College and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2007. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Administering Art Projects
Black Cube, Denver Colorado

Cortney Stell, Executive Director and Chief Curator at Black Cube will walk artists through best practices for administering projects and creating a strong project management system. Black Cube is a nonprofit, experimental art museum that operates nomadically. Stell regularly works with artist fellows at Black Cube and assists them in developing strong systems that cover scope of work, budgets, fabrication, and marketing to bring their artistic visions to life.

About Cortney Lane Stell

Cortney Lane Stell is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Black Cube, a nomadic contemporary art museum headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Stell was appointed in 2020 by Denver Mayor Hancock to serve a 4-year term on Denver’s Commission on Cultural Affairs. She has held independent curatorial practice since 2006, which has included curating numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally for museums, university galleries, biennials and art events. Stemming from a philosophical interest in art as communication, Stell has organized exhibitions that focus on artworks experimental in both conceptual and material nature, including exhibitions with artists such as Liam Gillick, Cyprien Gaillard, Daniel Arsham, and Shirley Tse. Stell holds a MA from the European Graduate School in Switzerland where she is also a PhD candidate in Media Communications.


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