This spring, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to organize and curate The UnTeaching Project- a moving, changing exhibition inspired by the influence that teaching has had on my creative practice.
Working with students on the autism spectrum and underserved youth in Brooklyn’s public schools has been such a transformative experience for me; my experiences have changed the way that I look at, think about, and interact with others around the topic of art. Working in PS and D75 classrooms has also exposed me to other creators with the same passion and drive— fueled by their students and by the power of integrated arts. These Teaching Artists carry their experience in the classroom into their studio. To honor all of the amazing creators, on both sides of the classroom, I curated and organized “UnTeaching” at DUMBO’s The UnSpace. With the intent that, in coming together to share and discuss art (through free programing, a panel discussion and, of course, a gallery full of inspiring, accessible and sometimes interactive art works), integrated arts in education can be celebrated and we can all be reminded of the profound power the arts hold when they are shared.
The UnTeaching Project
Included the artwork of fine artists and educators Jeffrey Allen of Front Range College, Nichole van Beek of the Pratt Institute, Ryan Dawalt of PS 352x, Deborah Dawson of Marquis Studios, Elise Deringer of Studio in a School, Cindie Kehlet of the Pratt Institute, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow of School of the Visual Arts, Mackenzie McBride of Marquis Studios, Anh Thuy Nguyen of Hudson Valley Community College, Hiromi Niizeki of Marquis Studios, Ciara Ruddock of Marquis Studios, Project Art, The Children’s Museum and Arts for All, Aparna Sarkar of Saint Ann’s School, Christine Sloan Stoddard of the Art Deco Society of New York, Jennie Thwing of Farmingdale State College and Margot Werner of LAND Studio and Gallery, in addition to workshops run by Corinne Amato and Leela Le Noury of Open Art Spark, Siobhan Cavanagh of Marquis Studios, Seanan Forbes of Wingspan, The Leadership Program, Shadowbox Theatre and Anthropology Arts, Melani De Guzman of Marquis Studios, Michael Morales of Marquis Studios and Julieta Varela of Marquis Studios,
As part of The UnTeaching Project, we offered 20 free workshops lead by professional teaching artists and educators. Each workshop gave participants the chance to engage with the artwork in the gallery in a new, innate way that is not present in a traditional gallery. Participants were invited to touch, draw on, add to, and take the art. Everyone who entered into the space become a part of the exhibition. Allowing The UnTeaching Project to change and adapt to the audience it encompassed.
The UnTeaching Project
UnTeaching is routed in New York City and will continue to grow through participation. All teaching artists and educators are welcome to apply for the next iteration of UnTeaching, which will take place this Fall in TriBeCa.