We were invited to be on the Bike Nerds podcast to talk about our practice! In case you are not familiar with Bike Nerds, it is run by Sara Studdard, the Community Engagement and Marketing Director for Explore Bike Share in Memphis, and Kyle Wagenschutz from People for Bikes. We were so honored to be included in their stellar line-up, which has included cycling advocates from all around the country.
We are excited to contribute a post to the Art Place America Blog, titled “The Place is Already Made.” The post outlines various aspects of our working methodology and gives specific examples from our work with the Heights Line in Memphis, TN. We are honored to be included in this hub of knowledge on creative engagement.
As a part of our work with Wabash Valley Art Spaces on the Turn to the River project, we were invited to present at Art Chatter, an ongoing series of artist lectures at local pubs.
Learn more about Wabash Valley Art Spaces here.
The National Consortium on Creative Placemaking hosted a Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Chattanooga. We were invited to share our work and suggestions for best practices in regards to working with (and supporting) both artists and the communities in which you are encouraging them to visit.
This week Katie joined a group of cycling enthusiasts and advocates from around the Southeast to become a LCI, or a League of American Cyclists League Certified Instructor. Katie had a series of on and off-bike tests as well as discussions about how cycling and proper cycling instruction can improve the fabric of our cities. The League of American Cyclists focuses on vehicular cycling, where cyclists assert themselves and follow the rules of the road like any other vehicle (truck, car, bus). It is way safer and a part of an ongoing culture shift. One of the benefits of this training is that Katie can now lead group rides throughout the country with the backing of the League. Pretty empowering!
We spoke about our projects at the Tennessee Bike Summit. It was a pleasure to get to know Memphis a bit and to learn about other cycling advocacy work that is happening across the state, but we think it is safe to say we were the only socially engaged artists in attendance.
Our book series How Not What, is a part of the Like Oxygen exhibition at MOUNTAIN gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. On view April 29th- May 27th, 2017, the exhibition explores the creative and cultural sustenance provided by artist conversations and interviews. We are excited to have our work in conversation with publications and podcasts by Bad at Sports, The Conversation, Sound & Vision, George Terry, and Allison Wade.
We visited Epicenter in Green River, UT for a convening of artists, designers, and architects to talk about each of our individual practices. Our presentation focused on both our collaborative work and our individual artistic practices. We were excited to get to visit Epicenter, and while we were there, we interviewed Maria Sykes (Epicenter Executive Director) for an upcoming book project. We are so impressed with what Epicenter does, and this summit was no exception. They stressed the importance of being respectful to the community while at a conference, and attendees even did small service projects alongside GRIT (Green River Improvement Team).
Our work will be included in the exhibition I Am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen, September 23rd- October 29th, 2016 at La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, MO. Presented by the Charlotte Street Foundation (http://charlottestreet.org/), the exhibition presents work that operates at the intersection of vision and action, offering methods for making alternate futures possible.
We are fortunate to be able to continue our project on innovation with the help of a University of Tennessee, Chattanooga Arts, Innovation, Activation Grant. This grant supports engaged research, scholarship and programming found at the intersections of arts, innovation and activation of space. Working off of our successful Innovation District Tour that we created for the Causeway Challenge, we will now focus on place-based innovation in other locations. This grant will fund the production of a new book series called How Not What, based on interviews we will conduct with several artists and organizers who have been working in a variety of places overtime. Look for these publications in 2017!
Our proposal for a Chattanooga Innovation District Tour is one of 10 projects chosen by Causeway, in response to their Play Challenge. Causeway is a nonprofit social innovation studio that exists to help people solve Chattanooga's toughest challenges. This year they asked: “How can more opportunities to play make Chattanooga a stronger city?” Our response proposes to create a bike tour of the recently designated Innovation District, each stop on the tour will feature local experts talking about innovation that already exists in this area of the city. Through Causeway’s support we will produce this tour and a companion publication, look for them in the spring of 2016.
We are pleased to announce that we have received an artist grant from the ARTS council of the Southern Finger Lakes, part of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program. This grant, which supports individual artists in the creation of unique, site specific, and multi-disciplinary public art projects will fund a summer workshop for kids, installation, and public events in partnership with the Hornell Community Arts Center. Working in the rural community of Hornell, New York, this project will use the symbolism of cycling to engage residents in a conversation about the present and future of their city and how individuals share knowledge with their neighbors.
We will be sharing our work at one of COOP gallery’s NADB events on Friday April 3rd at Craft Brewed in Nashville. This talk will be an introduction to some of our work featured at COOP, April 4th-24th 2015