Re/thinking Mentorship in the Arts for POC
Friday, July 26, 2019
Re/thinking Mentorship in the Arts for POC is a panel discussion and workshop that centers the POC experience in navigating mentorship in the arts field. As arts organizations and institutions continue to address issues of racial, gender, and class disparities throughout the field, questions about the importance and practice of mentorship, specifically for the POC community, become increasingly critical. This panel discussion invites professionals across artistic disciplines to delve into the nuances of mentorship by exploring how it can uplift a person’s career, yet potentially present exploitative dynamics. Our panel and breakout conversations and will unpack the limitations of mentorship and consider other models of leadership and community building in the arts.
This panel will be moderated by Claire Kim and Danilo Machado in conversation with Angie Pittman, Kristina Newman-Scott, and Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz. This program is an intentional space for people of color in the arts. Reflections about the organizing process and panel conversation will be published for a broader audience.
Claire Kim is an independent curator based in New York City. She is a recent graduate of Fordham University, where she studied English Literature and Art History. Kim has worked in curation, museum education, and programming with numerous arts institutions and organizations, including the New Museum, the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoCADA and BRIC.
Danilo Machado is a queer undocumented poet and curator born in Medellín, Colombia and currently living in Brooklyn, New York. His poetry and criticism have been featured in Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Bushwick Daily, ArtCritical, and the Connecticut Review, among other publications. An honors graduate of the University of Connecticut and former fellow at the Brooklyn Museum, Danilo is currently curating his first exhibition, Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text, on view at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, Connecticut from September 21, 2019 to January 26, 2020.
Angie Pittman is a New York based Bessie award-winning dance artist, dance maker, and dance educator. Her work has been performed at The Kitchen, Gibney Dance (Invocation, Proclamation, Manifesto), BAAD! (BlaktinX Performance Series), Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, STooPS, The Domestic Performance Agency, The KnockDown Center (Sunday Service), The Invisible Dog (Catch 73), Danspace Project (Food for Thought, Draftworks, Platform 2018, Shared Evening of Dance 2019), and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Illinois). Angie is currently working as a collaborator and dance artist with Anna Sperber, Antonio Ramos, Stephanie Acosta, devynn emory/beast productions, and Donna Uchizono Company. Angie has had the pleasure of dancing in works by Ralph Lemon, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, Kim Brandt, Tess Dworman, Jasmine Hearn, Jonathan Gonzalez, and many others. She holds an MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a graduate minor in African American Studies. Her work has been supported by Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and residencies through Tofte Lake Center and Movement Research. Angie’s work resides in a space that investigates how her body moves through ballad, groove, sparkle, spirit, spirituals, ancestry, vulnerability, and power.
Kristina Newman-Scott is the newly appointed President of BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn and a major incubator and supporter of Brooklyn artists and media-makers. She is the first immigrant and first woman of color to serve in this position. Previously, Newman-Scott served as the Director of Culture and State Historic Preservation Officer for the State of Connecticut; Director of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs for the City of Hartford; Director of Programs at the Boston Center for the Arts; and Director of Visual Arts at Hartford's Real Art Ways. In June 2018, Americans for the Arts presented Kristina with the Selina Roberts Ottum Award, which recognizes an individual working in arts management who exemplifies extraordinary leadership qualities. Kristina describes herself as a Jamaican-raised cultural strategist, connecting minds to a vision and hands to a purpose of meaningful existence. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz is a multimedia artist, curator, and educator born in Lima, Perú. Her work primarily touches on the imprint of inter-generational trauma within her own family in relationship to place and migration. She is the Teen Programs Coordinator at the Brooklyn Museum and the visual arts co-curator at Nat. Brut. In addition, Izquierdo Ugaz is the author of the self-published Standing in the Bathroom in the Dark Thinking About Green and El Mismo Pozo/The Same Well. Her work has appeared in FEELINGS and her first chapbook is titled Estoy Tristeza (No, Dear Magazine & Small Anchor Press, 2018).