Pratt Fine Arts Summer Residency for Research & Community Engagement
This new ten week summer residency program is geared towards artists/collaborative groups whose community work is research oriented and/or motivated by the desire to instigate social change.
PROJECT THIRD consists of 3 linked components:
1) Invited Artists in Residence
2) Six week Fine Arts MFA summer session led by a visiting faculty member
3) Collaboration w/Internal and External Partners
Invited artists inhabit and transform the gallery into a visible location for research, engagement and experimentation. July is a focused research month that aligns with a specially designed Fine Arts Integrated Practices MFA summer session taught by a visiting faculty member. August is public-facing with programming that opens up the work of the artists in residence to the community. Additional programming in early September responds to the return of faculty and students for the fall semester.
2019 Shaun Leonardo, is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. 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-court-involved youth, is participatory in nature and invested in a process of embodiment, promoting the political potential of attention and discomfort as a means to disrupt meaning and shift perspective.
2018 BFAMFAPhD (Susan Jahoda, Emilio Martinez Poppe, and Caroline Woolard), is 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 analyse and reimagine relationships of power in the arts.