An experimental art event led by the Serve & Project team, Io Palmer & Lisa Link, February 27, 2010 and continued over the summer with artist-to-artist skype dining sessions. Currently expanding into 2011 with the addition of an international collection of over 50 napkin drawings contributed by collaborators from different countries. Full collaborator list and blog available at the Serve & Project blog.
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S & P Meets MCG
[Excerpts from MCG Press Release]
Pittsburgh, PA—Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) Youth & Arts is proud to present a special collaboration that concocts intergenerational exchanges, culinary customs, and contemporary community artmaking led by visiting artists Lisa Link and Io Palmer.
From a documentary blog, www.sandpmeetsmcg.blogspot.com to a workshop that facilitated dialogue between long-time North Side residents and MCG after-school students, to an exhibition at The Children’s Museum—Link and Palmer shared their artistic practice as means to initiate civic engagement and cultural understanding among North Side residents and others who participate in the community.
For three days from June 8–10, Link and Palmer led MCG after-school students in the creation of a very unique recipe book! On June 8, students shared a meal with and interviewed residents of the City of Pittsburgh Senior Community Center in Brighton Heights. Then students worked together to edit and design artwork for an exhibition that will reveal “delicious” details of North Side community members’ lives and histories.
Serve & Project Co-Directors, Lisa Link and Io Palmer, share their sentiments: “We are thrilled to be able to work with an institution [MCG] that played a pivotal role in our own lives as artists and educators. Past iterations of this project culminated in gallery exhibitions where ideas were gathered through our web site and we were the sole production artists. This inaugural hands-on workshop is a high-point for us through which we seek to not only develop students’ skills in photojournalism and curatorial practice but to also cultivate empathy between teens and seniors and discovery about the North Side community,” share Link and Palmer.
Visit the Serve & Project exhibition on view from July 17 – September 11, 2009 in the Theater Gallery at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh*.
The artists and MCG are proud to see Serve & Project come together thanks to funding provided in part by generous support from the Grable Foundation through the Charm Bracelet Project Fund. The Charm Bracelet Project is a network of cultural, educational and recreational organizations working collectively to foster a vibrant attractive and accessible North Side that is united by visible, lasting connections between organizations and amenities.
“The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is proud to be a small part of such a unique creative process that explores connections and brings people together. The Serve & Project intergenerational exchange and community art collaboration typifies the inventive solutions artists and cultural organizations bring to engaging youth and neighborhood members on real life skills and community discovery,” says Chris Siefert, Deputy Director of the Children’s Museum.
*Exhibit free during public open hours. Museum admission not included
Serve & Project was shown in "Kitchen Stories"
Curated by James Zall at the Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
Opening, Oct. 17, 2008 6-8:00 PM, Gallery talk, Oct. 26, 2008 2:00 PM
Serve & Project, installation view in
Ingest Curated By Beth Sale Jacquet
Athica (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art)
January 19, 2008 - Saturday, March 22, 2008
Ingest explores the role of food in our personal lives as well as the impact of food choices and production methods on our environment. Many of the approximately 30 artworks--which the curators culled from over 75 submissions-- employ humor and wit to address the serious issues along the road food travels to get from field to mouth.
http://www.athica.org/ Website contains catalogue.
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