Stage and Studio on 08/30/11
Tune to into Stage & Studio on Tuesday, August 30th at 11 am on KBOO 90.7, when we'll learn all about the art of social practice. First, producer Tali Singer presents a feature story on street librarian Laura Moulton. And in the second part of the show, Dmae Roberts and Macon Reed talk with Jen Delos Reyes and Harrell Fletcher of the Social Practice program at PSU, and Macon takes us on a tour of the Portland social practice scene.
Social practice is a non-traditional art form that's all about engaging the public. But it's more than just street theatre. Social practice art can use just about any medium, as long as it's interactive and gives people a chance to be a part of the art.
One artist who embodies those principles is Laura Moulton. This summer, she created Street Books, which she describes as a "bicycle-powered mobile library for people living outside". Producer Tali Singer presents an audio portrait of Street Books in action. Learn more at the Street Books website, where Moulton posts regular updates on her patrons. You can also make a donation, or keep up with the latest Street Book news.
Social practice art has been around for many years, but it has recently experienced a huge surge on the West coast, especially in San Francisco where a social practice program was established at California College of the Arts. Now, Portland has a social practice MFA program of its own at Portland State University, established in 2007. We'll hear from Jen Delos Reyes and Harrell Fletcher, both faculty members for the program.
Throughout the show, producer Macon Reed will bring us the sounds of social practice. We'll hear from singing food vendors and social practice students. And we'll learn about the Portland Stock Dinner, a unique way Portland artists are getting funded.
This edition of Stage & Studio is Pushing Boundaries special made possible with funding from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Pushing Boundaries is a year-long series that explores artists and arts groups pushing physical, emotional and artistic boundaries in their work.
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