Thinking about applying to be an A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art? Join us on Tuesday October 9 at ABOG headquarters where we’ll host a workshop for applicants that will include hands-on, interactive approaches to helping artists with their proposals. This workshop will begin with a short presentation by 2018 ABOG Fellow Miguel Luciano, followed by small group sessions to compare excellent examples and troubleshoot how to effectively write about socially engaged art.
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited! Please RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
About Miguel Luciano
Miguel Luciano is an artist and educator whose practice explores themes of history, popular culture, social justice, and migration, through sculpture, painting, and socially engaged public art projects. His recent work mines the complicated relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States, at the centennial mark of U.S. citizenship for Puerto Ricans. As an ABOG Fellow, Luciano is creating Island/Inland PROMESAS, a project that explores stories of resistance and resilience within the Puerto Rican community during times of crisis, from the post-civil rights era to the post-Hurricane Maria present. The project is centered in East Harlem and anchored around a series of billboards and projections placed by the artist. The billboards and projections deploy historical documentary photographs of community actions by the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist organization founded in the late 1960s. Each image will depict a historical event and will be sited where the actual event took place. Walking tours, intergenerational community workshops, and other public programming will simultaneously honor the activist history of East Harlem and examine the current plight in Puerto Rico, with a goal of activating new strategies of resistance that strengthen connections between communities from the island and the diaspora.
ABOG public programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the support of the American Chai Trust; and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.