2015  Artist Community Engagement Grantees in New York City

Camel Collective: Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats, Something Other Than What You Are
A multi-channel video, shot at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles, that focuses on the hidden labor of theater. It is also a narrative about the production of light and the physiological and social cause–effect dynamics of light and affect, labor and love.

Aisha Cousins, The Soulville Census
A performance art score which documents and responds to the 2010 US Census’ decision to lump blacks from the USA, Caribbean, and African countries into a single checkbox. Administered by a team of “census takers,” the Soulville Census engages black Americans from a range of geographic backgrounds in taking an alternative census which “gathers the data the 2010 US Census missed” as a means of exploring how a census can be used to illuminate or conceal important sociological shifts.

Heather Hart, The Southern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother
The artist will be building a physical space that holds liminal content; it will transform with each use according to a visitor’s frame of reference or the programming concept. The space will be a site offered to the public for conversation and a space of self-actualization and reclamation through interaction with other people and the sculpture.

Stacie Johnson, Seniors Visit Local Artists in the Studio
Senior citizens in Bushwick and Ridgewood are invited to participate in a weekly studio visit series. Small groups of seniors will visit to artists’ studios to expand the relationship between artists and their neighborhood.

 Saul Melman and Maria Petschnig, Memory Palace
A video project inspired by conversations between the artists and individuals with memory disorders. The project explores the indistinct lines between past and present, memory and imagination, identity and loss. The video will be presented at the NY Memory Center and Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Cathleen Mooses, Aurora De Armendi, Vladmir Cybil Charlier Rejin Leys, Correspondence from NYC to PAP
Over the course of the fall of 2015, a core group of four artists will each facilitate a round­table discussion between extended communities of artists based in New York City that will act as the basis for a correspondence with artists in Port­au­Prince. These exchanges will culminate in a limited edition publication to be distributed in the respective cities.

Rory Parks and Christina Sukhgian Houle, Mirror Tools
This project pairs clients of Grand Central Drop-In Shelter with Art Students League members for an exercise in co-directed working processes across institutions. Through a creative curriculum, participants paired from each institution, will be guided through the project to support (mirror) each other through the creation of an artwork by each.  The project will result in a Mirror Tools worksheet publication and an exhibition of the projects produced.

Shani Peters and Sharita Towne, Tradução: Intercultural Media Exchange: US & Brazil
A cultural exchange project organized by collaborators Shani Peters and Sharita Towne, the project will bring an interdisciplinary U.S. based “playlist” to Bahia, Brazil to be translated and analyzed in open dialogue sessions, in tern participants will create and contextualize a playlist of their own to send back to the U.S.

Gabriela Salazar and Mary Choueiter, Carousel
An exhibition project using an analog slide projector as a portable gallery. The collaborators will work with emerging artists to create one-night exhibitions held “on” the projector, at sites integral to the artists’ projects. The format sets a common denominator among varied artistic practices; these parameters are an exciting challenge for artists, and become a catalyst for conversation and gathering among diverse audiences.

Amber Hawk Swanson, Five Dolls
A performance and online experience that brings contemporary feminist art online while revising representations of doll subcultures. Five Amber Dolls based on the original RealDoll commissioned in Hawk Swanson’s likeness in 2006 will be distributed to participants, who will join her in a yearlong interactive performance and culminating exhibition.