Pratt Fine Arts Forum for Research & Community Engagement
Project Third (P3) is a Pratt Fine Arts forum for students, visiting artists, academics, and activists whose work is research-based, socially-engaged, and politically involved. P3 seeks to promote substantial interdisciplinary collaborations between Pratt’s Fine Arts and other departments, as well as meaningful collaborations with communities outside Pratt Institute. Located at Dekalb Gallery on campus, P3’s multiple programs include artist residencies, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, performances, lectures, and student-led engagements.
P3’s mission is to offer Pratt Institute’s students and its larger communities access to visiting artists, academics, activists, and others whose practices are motivated by the desire to instigate social and cultural change.
Decolonial Art Pedagogies
Decolonial Art Pedagogies, is a series of events that propose decolonial, alternative, and radical pedagogical models for education, starting with a focus on Indigenous pedagogies at the intersection with art education, social practice, and performance art. P3 will feature an array of programming focused on Indigenous epistemologies, pedagogies, research, community practice, and performance art via a series of lectures, an artist’s residence, conversations, workshops, performances, and student engagements.
Decolonial Art Pedagogies was conceived to demonstrate how the recognition and implementation of Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies may lead to promoting a culture of radical social and political inclusion for Indigenous peoples (and for society at large), a process of developing awareness around Indigenous sovereignty; and demonstrating how performance art and social practice, approached from a pedagogical perspective, may activate social engagement, address social injustice and inequity, and lead to processes of social change on the Pratt campus and beyond.
Decolonial Art Pedagogies is a collaboration between Art and Design Education, Center for Teaching and Learning, Fine Arts, Franklin Furnace Archive, Performance and Performance Studies, and Social Science and Cultural Studies’s The Global South Center.
For his P3 residency in summer 2019, Leonardo partnered with students to conduct a Social Practice Laboratory. Viewable from the Dekalb Gallery, the lab offered an investigation into varied forms of creative public engagement through a series of student-driven projects, which explored the interpersonal potential of art in various social spaces, including community center, prison, classroom, and living room, while instigating the public vs. private nature of the practice.
In spring 2020, Leonardo extended the work into a collaboration between the Creative Arts Therapy Department, Fine Arts Printmaking area, and youth Peer Leaders of Assembly — an alternative sentencing, diversion program operating out of the Brooklyn non-profit Recess, for which the artist has acted as Lead Educator for the last 4 years. Conceived as a series of ‘sharing workshops’ between the two entities, the Pratt x Assembly exchange was born out of a philosophy of community building that begins with a belief in the restorative power of imagination as a binding force that moves people toward collective healing and action. The semester-long collaboration resulted in an exhibition and participatory workshop, centering the communicative possibilities of visual and embodied narrative.
Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice, anchored by his work in Assembly — a diversion program for court-involved youth at the Brooklyn-based, non-profit Recess — is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment.
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Susan Jahoda, Emilio Martinez Poppe, and Caroline Woolard
BFAMFAPhDis a collective that employs visual and performing art, policy reports, and teaching tools to advocate for cultural equity in the United States. The work of the collective is to bring people together to analyze and reimagine relationships of power in the arts. The Residency Project: Making and Being took place during the Summer of 2018 where BFAMFAPhD hosted workshops with Pratt students and publicly shared the process of producing the publication Making and Being.
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