In an atmosphere where grant opportunities seem to be static, or even dwindling, artists need to use their creative skills not only to make their work but to fund it. This workshop will explore inventive models for building sustainable partnerships based on the value propositions inherent in socially engaged art projects with Shane Brennan, Arts Outreach Strategist, Kickstarter; Ronny Quevedo, artist and 2017 ABOG Fellow; and Pamela Rivera, Partnership Engagement Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); moderated by ABOG Executive Director Deborah Fisher. It will also include a brief presentation on the A Blade of Grass Fellowship.
As Kickstarter’s Arts Outreach Specialist, Shane Brennan seeks out and helps support projects in the arts as they launch on Kickstarter. Previously, he was the Assistant Curator at Creative Time.
Ronny Quevedo’s artistic practice is an examination of the vernacular languages and aesthetic forms generated by displacement, migration, and resilience. Inspired by his own family history and migration, Quevedo skillfully transcribes graphics of locality, community, and remembered environments directly into his work. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at The Drawing Center; the Queens Museum; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Emerson Gallery (Germany), amongst others. He is a recipient of the 2016 Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. He has participated in residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program, Kala Art Institute, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Project Row Houses, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Lower East Side Printshop. Learn more: ronnyquevedo.info
During her time with NRDC Pamela Rivera has worked to strengthen partnerships with diverse stakeholders and pushed to broaden networks to achieve the best outcome. In her role as New York state lead for the Energy Efficiency for All project she helps coordinate the coalitions efforts linking the energy and housing sectors together in order to tap the benefits of energy efficiency for millions of low-income families. Before joining the Natural Resources Defense Council, Pam did development and community outreach for The Salvation Army of Gainesville, FL. She has worked for numerous campaigns in Florida, including the 2008 Obama campaign, Kosmas for Congress, and on Mayor Alvin Brown’s successful campaign in Jacksonville, Florida.
We’re grateful that this program is supported by 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.