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I will be part of a workshop panel at TransCultural Exchange’s International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts this February.
The Art of Connecting Worlds: Cultural Technologies and Sustainability
February 26th, 2016

Location: MIT / ACT at the E15-054, Rothschild Room

Presenters: Azra Aksamija, Artist, Architectural Historian and Assistant Professor, MIT Art, Culture and Technology Program and Janeil Engelstad, Artist and Founding Director, MAP - Make Art with Purpose with presentations by Susan Diachisin, Director, Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art; Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Artists, Curators and Founders, Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art; Oto Hudec,
multi-media Artist; Caroline Jones, Art Historian and Author; Katt Lissard, Artistic Director, Winter/Summer Institute; and Matthew Mazzotta, Conceptual Artist.

Limited to 20. Sign up here.

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Learn More About the Conference

International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds
February 25th – 27th, 2016 / presented by TransCultural Exchange / Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Lead Academic Host

Conference Overview

Traditionally, artists relied solely on galleries and dealers to support their art. They worked largely within the confines of their discipline and studio walls. Today numerous other options for artists also exist: More and more artists are managing their own careers, working in new formats and collaborating with people in different disciplines, both here and abroad.

Reflecting this new reality and picking up where the last Conference Engaging Minds left off, TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts offers exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. For instance, panelists will speak about their international residency programs, provide practical advice (on topics such as resources for funding and managing a studio practice), discuss how art can play a vital role in social or political interventions and promote possibilities for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. Round Table discussions also will give artists with similar interests the chance to meet, network and talk about their work; and portfolio reviews with the speakers, gallery owners and critics will supply additional venues for artists to showcase their work.

TransCultural Exchange's 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds.

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During our workshop, The Art of Connecting Worlds – Cultural Technologies and Sustainability, each panelist will share a story or presentation that illustrate their process or methodology for community engagement, highlighting ethical considerations they take into account when designing and planning the work.  Panel “producers” Azra Aksamija and Janeil Engelstad see this gathering in Boston at the TCE as the first of a handful of convenings they will produce around the globe, where artists in the fine and performing arts who work with communities bring methodologies that explore ethics and power in this kind of practice.