Posted Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 9:21 AM

Pratt Daily Hub: A Roundup of Ideas & Projects from around the Institute

Be sure to tag @PrattInstitute and #PrattInstitute on social media or email dailyhub@pratt.edu to share your own tips, creative actions, and innovative ideas.

Week of March 30:

  • Harriet Harriss, dean of the School of Architecture, shared a message for the first official week of virtual teaching: “There is certainly no ‘going back’ to the ‘normal’ that got us into this mess, to begin with. And there is also the possibility that our profession will become more ethical and by implication more effective as a consequence of this, too.” (04/03)

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting a variety of digital programming this month, including an April 7 “Black under COVID-19” conversation organized by Black Lives Matter Pratt, an April 15 focus group on faculty and staff with disabilities, an April 22 focus group for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff, and an April 29 community dialogue hosted by the Center for Equity and Inclusion about consent. RSVP online. (04/03)

  • Each Thursday for the next eight weeks, the Senior Support Group is meeting on Zoom. The group offers space for students in their final year to talk about this time of transition and their concerns, hopes, and pathways to graduation. (04/03)

  • Pratt alumna Berena Wasserstein is sharing weekly art therapy directives for finding some calm during COVID-19, with this week’s video focused on the meditative experience of drawing mindful circles. (04/03)

  • Because it’s good to check in with yourself, here are your daily quarantine questions, via @PrattFineArt (04/03):

  • The Pratt Student Emergency Fund launched to support Pratt students facing unforeseen hardships at this time. (04/02)

  • President Frances Bronet has been active in working with other higher education leaders to urge congressional delegates to fight for additional federal aid for relief during and in the aftermath of COVID-19. This includes the passage last week of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of the CARES Act, which supports colleges whose campus operations were disrupted by COVID-19. (04/02)

  • Alumna Luba Drozd, a former Visiting Instructor in Digital Arts, appeared in a New York Times article on makers using 3D printers to help with the shortage of medical supplies. Drozd has been 3D printing protective shields for healthcare workers in her Brooklyn apartment. (04/02)

  • David Burney, Academic Coordinator of Urban Placemaking Management, offered commentary on this time of social distancing on the CUNY Public Space Research Group blog: “We are suddenly realizing the importance of human interaction, of our mutual dependency, and of the need for places for this to happen. Public places are the fundamental glue of neighborhood life.” (04/02)

  • Caitlin Stewart, MFA Sculpture ‘20, is making her backyard work as her DIY casting studio (04/02):

  • Alumna Rose Wong contributed an illustration to the New York Time’s “Art in Isolation,” an “ongoing visual diary in our uncertain times.” Entitled “Who We Need Now,” it has an inverted pyramid of workers with grocery clerks, sanitation workers, delivery cyclists, and healthcare workers at the top. (04/01)

  • Queer Pratt is continuing to hold digital meetings on Discord and Zoom. (04/01)

  • Faith Holland, Visiting Assistant Professor in Digital Arts, co-curated Well Now WTF?, an online exhibition opening April 4. It features over 60 artists with moving image practices. As the curators state: “We have no answer, but we do know how to make GIFs. We can come together and use the creative tools at our disposal to build a space for release outside of anxiety-inducing news cycles and banal social media feeds.” (04/01) 

  • The Pratt Center for Community Development has a message to get you through the week (04/01):

  • Stephen Hilger, Associate Professor of Photography, shared his memories of cultural historian Maurice Berger who died from health complications after contracting COVID-19: “[Berger] dedicated his life’s work to questioning and understanding how the construct of race shapes history” and “provided an important inspiration for us. Although we will continue to follow his example, we will miss him deeply.” (03/31)

  • Incoming Dance/Movement Therapy student Lynn Neuman of Artichoke Dance Company is creating a series of videos called “Move with Me” that offer 90 seconds of movement, perfect for staying active while at home. (03/31)

  • What does your WFH life look like? Check out innovative setups for remote work and study from across the Pratt community on the @PrattInstitute Instagram.(03/31)

  • Here’s some creative #quarantinecollage by Photography student Madison Wilds Burger (03/31)

  • Our friends at the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership (MARP) have a regularly updated guide to what Myrtle Avenue restaurants and stores are open and delivering, a great way to support local business in Pratt’s Brooklyn neighborhood! MARP’s Local COVID-19 Guide also has resources for accessing free or low-cost food, ways to support food workers impacted by COVID-19, and opportunities to get involved in neighborhood volunteering. (3/30)

  • Alumna Ariana Bohling is engaging her high-end footwear company in raising funds for masks that are being donated to NYC area hospitals in need. (3/30)

  • Artist and writer Coco Fusco is speaking in an April 16 webinar co-sponsored by Pratt Fine Arts and the Performance + Performance Studies MFA program. Fusco will reflect on utopia in the context of Cuba and the way artists have responded to its revolutionary legacy. Advance registration is now available. (3/30)

  • Susan Cianciolo, Assistant Professor of Fashion, and alumnus Harry Moritz are among several artists who contributed inspirational posters to the break room at Lenox Hill Hospital. As covered by Vogue, the pop-up gallery is an initiative to support the doctors and nurses during COVID-19. (3/30)

  • The Pratt cats are enjoying the extra campus space for lounging in the spring sun, but look forward to the return of their community which has always been generous with ear scratches and snacks. Read about their care during the shutdown (3/30)

Week of March 23:

  • While the New Old: Designing for Our Future Selves exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery is closed to the public, @PrattExhibits is sharing highlights, such as the Paro interactive robot seal created as a therapy device for people with dementia and the Gillette "TREO" razor designed for shavers of older people. (03/27)

  • Alumna Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya created the Quarantine RX idea generator for self-care during COVID-19. (03/27)

  • Nina Edwards, Lecturer in Continuing and Professional Studies, filmed step-by-step marker rendering techniques in her transition to online instruction. (03/27)

  • This creative work from alumna Casey Sobel will keep our spirits up through the weekend (03/27):

  • Mindful Pratt is offering virtual resources including breath breaks, a wellbeing calendar, a workshop on stress reduction for faculty and staff, and an online meditation incubator. (03/26)

  • Through May 25, Pratt students can access free e-Textbooks at bookshelf.vitalsource.com. The materials are offered through Books By eCampus, Pratt’s Online Bookstore, in partnership with VitalSource. (03/26)

  • The School of Art is asking Pratt students to show off what they're working on with the hashtag #PrattAtHome. (03/26)

  • The yearbook is still getting printed! From Prattonia 2020 (03/26):

  • Healthy Pratt created a resource list of actionable steps to stay physically and mentally healthy while working and studying remotely. (03/25)

  • Pratt Libraries has a guide to its digital collections, from Pratt publications to thousands of archival photographs. You can also chat with a librarian through the “Ask a Librarian” feature on library.pratt.edu. (03/25)

  • Historic Preservation shared materials from last fall when students studied one of the last surviving Dutch construction grist mills on Long Island and provided future adaptation and alteration plans for this historic architecture (03/25):

  • The Pratt Center for Community Development’s Made in NYC initiative compiled a list of resources to aid and support New York City manufacturers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information is being updated daily. (03/24)

  • The Pratt Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting virtual Coffee Meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 AM. Join their email list to get a reminder (03/24)

  • Check out the incredible student work being posted by Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (03/24):

  • Even with the ARC closed, Pratt Rec is sharing daily workouts to help keep our community healthy. Follow @PrattRecWell for advice on staying active, including home exercise routines and a plan to go from “couch to 5k.” (03/23)

  • The Pratt Program Board is sharing their favorite movies, music, and activities on @PrattPB. Each day a new Pratt Board member will offer their “quarantine picks” to add some brightness to your week. (03/23)

  • For more music to keep you energized, WPIR, the Pratt radio station, has a Spotify playlist of “quarantunes.” (03/23)

  • Here’s some vibrant home studio inspiration from alumna Kristen Liu-Wong, shared by @PrattAlumni (03/23):

Throughout the Institute, students, faculty, and staff are developing new ideas and solutions as we transition to remote learning. We are working together to support and foster Pratt’s unique creative community across the new virtual campus. The Pratt Daily Hub is an ongoing roundup of some of the exciting initiatives, projects, and plans that are coming together in real time.