As an educator at Otis College of Art and Design in Los angeles, the opportunity to reflect on my work in that sphere, and as an artist, is a valuable gift. Today, in the midst of a renewed national crisis on race relations, youth, criminal justice and the impact of prejudice against African Americans on our social fabric, I will focus on drafting a book tying together elements of my PhD thesis and over 40 interviews from participants in The Oakland Projects, a ten year series of projects, performances and installations with youth, organizations, and artists.
I develop long-term projects in both rural and urban environments centered on the ways in which broad audiences understand and embrace art, how communities develop, and artists’ relationships to their ever-changing profession. Writing is a way of thinking through the practices developed collaboratively with others, and the social processes put in motion during the implementation of the work.
Alumni New Works is a project-based award program that supports the cutting edge contemporary creative practices of Headlands Alumni, and provides impactful resources toward the development and completion of a project.