2024 Making It Public for New Jersey artists and adminstrators

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is pleased to invite artists, nonprofit organizations, local and regional arts councils, arts & entertainment districts, and units of government (town, city, county) in New Jersey to participate in Making It Public, a free, 5-week virtual training series. The State Arts Council urges artists and administrators in New Jersey to utilize this free training opportunity.

Artists

This workshop series, comprised of five 90-minute virtual workshop sessions, covers practical and tactical subject matters for artists at all stages of their careers. Session panelists include local and national public artists. Making It Public is facilitated by Forecast Public Art Consultant Candida Gonzalez on the Zoom platform. An additional pre-recorded video session will be emailed prior to each meeting.

Did you join us last year? Join us again!

What’s different:

We will have one guest speaker each for weeks 2, 3, and 4. Both new guests and last year’s favorites will join us. All guests will have more time to speak and answer your questions, go deeper into the subject matter, and have more time for group discussion.

We will use the same Zoom link every week of the workshop:

Administrators

This workshop series, comprising five 90-minute virtual workshop sessions, covers practical and tactical subject matters for administrators at all stages of their careers facilitating public art, such as stakeholder considerations, community engagement, preparing a call‐for‐artists, equitable selection processes, contracting, and more. Sessions include guest public art professionals, both local and national, adding a depth of knowledge about the field of public art, the profession, and its contemporary issues. Making It Public is facilitated by Forecast Public Art on the Zoom platform. An additional pre-recorded video session will be emailed prior to each meeting.

Did you join us last year? Join us again!

What’s different:

We will have one guest speaker each for weeks 2, 3, and 4. Both new guests and last year’s favorites will join us. All guests will have more time to speak and answer your questions, go deeper into the subject matter, and have more time for group discussion.

We will use the same Zoom link every week of the workshop:

More information about guest speakers and weekly topics is below.

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Speakers: Making It Public for New Jersey Artists

Facilitated by Forecast Consultant Candida Gonzalez (@candida612)

Molly Rice

Molly Rice

Guest Panelist

Molly Rice (she/her), Artistic Director of RealTime Arts, is a playwright, songwriter & experience designer whose work has been developed and produced in theaters across the country and in NYC (Public Theater/ Joe’s Pub, WP Theater, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Soho Rep/ Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick, HERE, 54 Below, Tisch/ NYU MFA program). Her work has been published and written about in American Theater Magazine, The Dramatist, Dramatics Magazine, Kenyon Review, Play: A Journal,  Indie Theater Now, Clarkson Potter Press, Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art JournalTripwire Harlot Press, Heinemann Press, and local and national press outlets including the New York Times.

Honors include Brown University’s Weston Prize for Playwriting, Women’s International Theater Festival, Princess Grace Award (finalist), PONY Award (finalist), O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (2-time finalist), nominations for the New York Innovative Theater Awards, the Kesselring Fellowship, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Award for Public Art, the Carole R. Brown award, and Global Pittsburgh’s Organizational Diversity Champion award.

She has developed numerous plays at institutions of higher education and was a resident artist in New Work Initiatives at Montclair and Pace Universities with director Rachel Chavkin (HadestownNatasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) and composer Orion Johnstone. She’s enjoyed residencies at the Orchard Project, Tofte Lake, Bard College, P73/Yale, and a 3-time resident of the Missoula Colony, and in 2024 will be in residency at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. Projects beyond RealTime include Futurity: A Musical by the Lisps (book co-writer, additional text and story) at ART (Cambridge, 2012) and Soho Rep (Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical, 2016); and THE SAINTS TOUR, a site-specific traveling play that has appeared in neighborhoods across the country since 2009. Molly currently teaches in the Point Park Writing for Screen and Stage MFA program; her MFA is from Brown University, under Paula Vogel.

Witt Siasoco

Witt Siasoco

Guest Panelist

Witt Siasoco has been actively engaged in the intersection of the arts and civic processes through a variety of roles – as an artist, graphic designer, and arts educator. Previously Siasoco was selected by Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis as an artist for Creative Citymaking, a year-long collaboration between artists and City planners to develop innovative approaches for addressing the long-term transportation, land use, economic, environmental, and social issues facing Minneapolis. Throughout his career, Siasoco has developed several community-engaged projects including This House is Not for Sale, a screenprinting based public art project with Poetry for People’s Diver Van Avery that received an Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Award; Common Ground, a roaming series of 40 hand painted and screenprinted “blankets” installed as a platform for conversations; and Carry On Homes Northeast, an art installation and series of engagements focused on immigrant involvement in the Census 2020.

Amanda Lovelee

Amanda Lovelee

Guest Panelist

Amanda Lovelee is a civic and environmentally-focused artist who works within government and cross-sector collaborations. She creates bright, joyful, engaging, and complex large-scale public art projects, partnering with arborists, planners, biologists, water resource managers, and scientists. Her practice is public and my projects sit at the intersection of science, connection, and system change. She uses empathy as a tool to shift conversations that invite people into dreaming about shared futures with the city, nature, and each other. Lovelee makes the invisible visible – translating large government

and science ideas, gathering communities’ stories, reimaging data into spaces and tools for connection. Lovelee holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and BFA in Photography from University of Hartford and has received funding from ArtPlace America, Jerome

Foundation, Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation, MN State Arts Board, Salzburg Global Seminar and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently a 2022/23 McKnight Visual Artist Fellow and Design for Civic Change Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Speakers: Making It Public for New Jersey Administrators

Vedra Chandler

Vedra Chandler

Guest Panelist

Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, Vedra Chandler graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Government before pursuing careers in business, music and community development. After several years working in the private sector, Vedra joined the touring company of the hit Broadway musical Hairspray. She performed in various theater projects and in 2010 she performed the role of the Soul Singer on Kooza by Cirque Du Soleil. Vedra is back in Camden where she worked for two years as Associate Director of The Neighborhood Center, Inc. There she developed programs to cultivate creativity and stimulate critical thinking in young people. She was Project Manager at Camden Community Partnership using the arts as a vehicle to tap into the potential of Camden city and its residents, revitalize underutilized spaces through the Connect the Lots initiative and A New View Camden.

Vedra serves as a proud member of the Camden County Arts and Heritage Commission and is a member of Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Camden, NJ, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and performs with her musical ensemble CPR: Music Invincible throughout the Delaware Valley. For art is one of the vehicles by which we tap into the potential of Camden and fuel the resurgence of this “City Invincible.”

Alejandra Pelinka

Alejandra Pelinka

Guest Panelist

Alejandra Pelinka has experience in leadership, development, and communications roles in arts and nonprofit administration, and a strong background as an arts advocate and community builder. Previously named in Mpls.St.Paul magazine as one of 26 local Scene Shapers, “integral to making the [Minnesota art] scene tick.” She currently serves as the City of Bloomington’s Director of Creative Placemaking, managing public art and placemaking projects and plans across the city.

Rachael Faillace

Rachael Faillace

Guest Panelist

Former Director of the Arts District, Rachael Faillace met two teachers from the Rahway public schools, Patricia Volino-Reinoso and Daniel Garay. They found that they had a common problem, that the perception of Rahway was not the reality of Rahway. The City, the people, the school districts, had a reputation that they did not deserve. With the support of City administration and the creative genius of those at Wizdom Media, these three endeavored upon a re-branding campaign- and the Rahway’s Own program was born. In the earliest stages, the Rahway’s Own committee tried to focus on former Rahway High School students who developed both their artistic AND athletic talents. The more they investigated potential candidates they realized that there were so many more accomplished individuals that they had to expand their criteria- hence the slogan: “Rahway, home to creativity and innovation.”

Questions?

contact Jen Krava
jenk@forecastpublicart.org

About Forecast Public Art

A nonprofit organization based in Saint Paul and working nationally, Forecast partners with artists and communities throughout Minnesota and the country to activate, inspire, and advocate for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. Forecast’s team partners with decision-makers and stakeholders on arts and cultural planning efforts, and supports public artists with funding, training, and opportunities to create partnerships and advance their public art careers. They also help others find, select, curate, fund, and commission public artists. Forecast emphasizes access for artists of color, Indigenous and/or Native artists, and groups that are traditionally excluded.