CUE Art Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Public Programming Fellow: artist, educator, and organizer Jeff Kasper.
This fall, Kasper will present the programming series Access/Points: Approaches to Art & Ability. Kasper’s past organizing and curatorial projects have involved co-producing initiatives that put artists, neighbors, and community organizations in collaboration to develop public art and educational spaces which address topics including sustainability, aging, immigration, and housing justice, to name a few. Propelling this dialogue across arts management and artistic institutions, Access/Points forms a series of multi-format conversations, workshops, and artist projects that explore ability as the crux of radical inclusion and access in the arts and beyond. The series investigates the ways that artists, cultural producers, institutions, and municipalities are redefining accessibility in contemporary art to reorient hegemonic power structures, destabilize existing notions of neutral public spaces and arts organizations, and push towards inclusive body politics and social infrastructures.
The series features discussants of multiple abilities. The public is invited to join the conversation during each session as interlocutors, students, or workshop participants for a range of immersive experiences, each of which aims to provide the tools necessary to build more inclusive cultural landscapes, specifically for small arts organizations and the multi-abled artists and audiences they serve. All workshops are free and open to the public, across age and ability. Full program details to be announced fall 2017.
Jeff Kasper received his MFA in social practice from Queens College CUNY and an interdisciplinary BA, also from CUNY where he studied at the Anne & Bernard Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York. In addition to his work with CUE, he works with More Art and Social Practice Queens (SPQ) at Queens College CUNY and is a recipient of the 2017/18 SHIFT Residency at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space.
CUE Public Programming Fellowship
Each year, CUE offers a paid opportunity to develop a public programming series that addresses timely subject matter, highlights pressing issues related to current artistic practice, and contributes to CUE’s mission of supporting emerging artists. Past Public Programming series include if it’s not work, it must be PLAY: Discussions on the state of work in the arts, by Cevan Castle (2014-15 fellow); and Make Some Place: Conversations about people, practice, and creative placemaking, by Jordan Dyniewski and perryne lee poy lokhandwala (2016 fellows).