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Civic Engagement Series 2022-23

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Thursday November 10 at 5pm:

Like a Sit-in or a Sleep-in, “Knit In” is a participatory workshop led by artist Borinquen Gallo. It will take place at WhiteBox Art Space. Borinquen Gallo will facilitate a workshop knitting reclaimed plastic into a large installation that will be on display at GreenBox during the exhibition BALLOTS NOT BULLETS. Workshop address: WhiteBox 9 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Wednesday, November 16th from 11am – 1pm:

Symposium, Swale in collaboration with the Urban Soils Institute, on Governors Island at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Phenomenology of Metabolism delves into the metabolic processes that sustain life and that can build or rebuild the foundations of sustainability by incorporating them into our cities, industries, suburban, agricultural, traffic, and mining, and conservation areas. Visit to register and apply as a student for free registration.

Friday November 18, from 2-5pm:

Design Workshop with Greg Lindquist and Willis Elkins: Presentation by Willis Elkins, executive director of Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA), will follow a screening by Greg Lindquist explaining the historic impacts of pollution on the Creek, and the Newtown Creek Alliance’s mission to restore community health, water quality, habitat, and access along the Creek. The presentation is followed by a design ideation and workshop facilitated by Lindquist who will interpret and adapt Center for Artistic Activism’s Utopia writing workshop prompts, taking the issue-oriented problem of water quality in NYC waterways and the land use of their riparian zones, and reimagining its Utopian possibility in how it might inspire, critique, generate, motivate, and redirect a revitalized future. This workshop will be capped at 15 participants. Location TBD.

Friday November 18th, from 6-7:30pm:

A conversation between critic and historian Eva Díaz and artist Mary Mattingly will focus on Buckminster Fuller’s works, and his ideas about equitable resource management and sustainable architectural forms, in relationship to Mattingly’s work on human-triggered climate change and ecological uncertainty. Higgins Auditorium alongside the AHRA conference.

November 30, 5-6:30pm:

Gloria Ushigua (she/her) is the co-founder of the Sápara women’s organization Ashiñwaka, which defends Sápara people’s ancestral land and environmental rights in Ecuador. Since 2010, Gloria has been actively defending her territory of untouched jungle in the Amazon, primarily against private and State-owned companies seeking to exploit oil deposits. When Sápara territorial rights were threatened by a government plan to open oil blocks in Ecuador’s Southern Amazon, Gloria led successful efforts to keep the oil in the ground. As a result, she has been threatened, intimidated, judicially harassed, discredited on national television by high public officials and assaulted by law enforcement officers, along with other members of her family. Location TBD.

We are excited to announce that artist Mary Mattingly will join us this fall as our 2022 Civic Engagement Fellow!  Many thanks to the search committee for their hard work in selecting Mary from a pool of excellent applicants.

“I am eager to work with Pratt, an institution that embraces equitable change and is working toward the necessary de-siloed approach to education across the arts. Pratt believes in the work and power of artists as part of plural political, economic, and socioecological transformations — in a time when more and more people see the true costs of climate change for humans and kin. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be able to work with the expanded Pratt community on the challenges that drive my work, including systems change toward public food, water, and environmental justice.”
– Mary Mattingly

Mary Mattinglis an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Mary co-creates sculptural ecosystems that address forms of public food and commons in New York City. In 2020 she was the Brooklyn Public Library’s Artist in Residence and launched Public Water with +More Art, a project comprised of histories of New York City’s Drinking Watershed and a sculpture that cleaned water while mimicking the watershed. In 2016 she launched Swale, a mobile free public food forest on a barge in New York City. Docked at public piers but following waterways common laws, Swale circumnavigated New York’s public land laws, and allowed anyone to pick free fresh food. The project helped instigate and co-build the “foodway” in Concrete Plant Park, the Bronx in 2017. Considered a pilot project, the “foodway” is the first time the New York City Parks Department is inviting people to publicly forage in over 100 years.

Mary has a research-based practice with a focus on environmental justice and co-learning. In 2019, she facilitated the Ecotopian Library, a tool library for change-building stemming from the belief that art and ecotopian thought can help cultivate systemic social change. In 2013 she bundled personal objects into large sculptures for performances about her own consumption, documenting the bundles’ contents and focusing on the complex military-industrial supply chain of the element cobalt.

Mattingly’s work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Seoul Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, Storm King Art Center, the Parrish Museum, Anchorage Museum, and the Palais de Tokyo. It has been included in the Havana, Istanbul and the Cuenca Biennales.

Mary Mattingly