Reading: Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame by Beverly Naidus. Contact UNIT/PITT at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to a copy of the book. Everyone is welcome. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the reading ahead of the discussion.
Elaine Carol will lead a discussion exploring the ethical, political, and aesthetic issues of producing community-based art.
This is the first in a series of monthly reading discussions on the problematic relationships between “art” and “community”. This series is part of 2055 Project programming, using the 40th anniversary of the Helen Pitt Gallery’s founding to pose questions about the next 40 years: What kind of future do we want for our organization, and our city? What would a future that takes into account social and cultural diversity, community history, and social and environmental justice look like? What is community? What are the social and political responsibilities of artists and cultural workers?
Elaine Carol is an artist, writer, solo performance artist, rapper, theatre and film director whose work has been seen and heard internationally. Born, raised and educated in Montreal with an 18-year stopover in Toronto, she has made her home in Vancouver for the past 21 years. She is the Artistic Director of MISCELLANEOUS Productions, now in its sixteenth year of production, for which she has directed, produced and written/co-written multiple live, community-engaged performances. Recent productions include: POWER and POWER 2 (live performances in 2009-2010 and documentary); Kutz & Dawgs (commissioned by and premiered at Vancouver International Children’s Festival in May/June 2012, BC tour in 2012 – 2013); the site-specific performance Haunted House (performance August 2015 and documentary in-production). She is currently developing a new, community-engaged music theatre work with a working title of Monsters, a collaboration with multi-barriered, culturally and socially diverse youth.
Upcoming discussions will be moderated by Justin Langlois, Matt Hern, and Althea Thauberger. Series is curated by Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte.