May 28, 2015

Meijun Cai: School, On-Campus Job, Internship, Sports and Success

It is well known that Pratt Institute offers intensive academic programs, and students know all too well that keeping up with the homework load is a full time job. Add in an internship, an on-campus job and sports, and it seems impossible to get everything done short of adding more hours in the day. Amazingly enough, Meijun Cai - a recent ComD graduate interested in Advertising & Art Direction - has found a way to accomplish such a feat.


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Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Meijun currently works as a Resident Advisor, holds an internship at Cooke Wax Partnership (a start-up branding agency) and plays on the Men’s Volleyball team. Meijun is one of the most relaxed students I have ever met. When walking around campus, anyone can find him with a smile on his face as he chats with friends. When I asked how he remains so calm, Meijun said ”Working puts me in a position where I am forced to be disciplined and aware of my time. I have no choice but to be more organized and do less procrastinating. I am able to stay sane and manage my time by having weekly and daily to do lists as well as an entire wall dedicated to mapping out my classes and the tasks for each class. This keeps me organized and less stressed out.”


Interning at Cooke Wax Partnership is an invaluable experience for Meijun, whose eventual goal is to create his own advertising agency with a team of Pratt alumni. Meijun found his current internship through Pratt Pro, Pratt’s job and internship board. He was first attracted by the job description, and when he began to research the company, he felt that its small size and experienced staff could teach him how to achieve his goals. Cooke Wax Partnership didn’t disappoint. As an intern, Meijun has his hands in everything. Not only does he assist senior designers and production teams, but he is also asked to do research and concept development, deck creations, comping ideas and preparation of presentations. These responsibilities have given him experience that classroom teaching couldn’t provide. Meijun sees the first-hand production of videos and prints, as well as being involved in developing strategies for branding and talking to clients like IMAX.


Even with this awesome internship Meijun doesn’t dismiss his on-campus job or classes. Due to his position as a Resident Advisor, Meijun is aware of the constant activity going on at Pratt and he interacts with large groups of people on a regular basis. “I believe that in the art world everything is interrelated. Learning through experience, within my major or not, is always beneficial because it opens my mind and gives me a different perspective on whatever you take on whether in class or life.”


The courses he has taken over his four years here gave him knowledge and proficiency in software programs, a better design sense and the ability to come up with creative solutions -- all of which are necessary skills that he needed for success at his internship. When I asked what achievement he was the most proud of, it was no surprise that he answered “Being able to balance everything and graduate with highest honors.”


While many would find balancing two jobs, school and sports overwhelming, Meijun offered some simple but effective advice. “Time management, just do it. Less talking, less complaining and more work, time and effort.”


Check out Meijun’s work on his website. To find out more about successful Pratt students and alumni, as well as see what awesome events we have going on, follow the Career Ambassadors on Twitter (@PrattSuccess) and find us on Facebook (Pratt Success)!


Written by Bree Balsamo

Image Provided By: Meijun Cai

May 26, 2015

Dive into D.K Smith’s Journey to Success

I had the pleasure of talking with D.K Smith in April and we talked about everything and anything. He is a Pratt alumni who graduated from the Photography program. He has worked for many firms and been successful at starting his own photography company, as well as creating a new startup company. D.K told me that he attributes all his success to Pratt, as he was encouraged to maximize his creativity and use innovation for motivation and direction in his work
D.K has always been involved in building and creating things, which was a passion from his childhood that continued through his engineering focused high school experience. He started at Pratt as an architecture student, and then his sister returned from Japan with the birthday gift of a new SLR camera. All of a sudden, he was taking tons of pictures and realized that he wanted to be a photographer. As he reflects back on that time, he stated that the seventies were an exciting time for photography, since there was so many undiscovered ways of seeing and visually representing things.
When asked to share the three best things about his education at Pratt, D.K quickly answered “foundation, criticism, and the creative geniuses that surrounded me.” Through the flow of the conversation, he gladly shared his thoughts on all three.
When discussing the Foundation Year he shared with me an enlightening story from his commercial photography work. D.K and his employees often traveled to far off locations for photo shoots; most of the time to ones he had never seen. His assistants would often ask, “How do you know exactly what to do each time we arrive?” D.K replied with this explanation: “While you guys are setting up the lights, I am freaking out because at first, I have no idea what to shoot. Then I think about all the things I learned in foundation year. I look at the environment and themes such as color theory, perspective, and framing start running through my mind.”
By referencing the fundamental building blocks from his Pratt experience, he was able to establish new ways of perceiving locations and solving the visual communication problems he was faced with. D.K was literally making something out of nothing by using these principles. When he realized the influence and value of the Foundation Year, he went back into his notes and found inspiration in the basics. D.K illustrated how a foundation helps to create a successful person by referencing the construction of a building, “A soaring structure’s height and stability is rooted in its deep and wide foundation. People too need a foundation to grow from.”
D.K spoke about how influential it was for him to learn how to take and give criticism positively and how to receive it. During his time at Pratt, he learned how important it is to take the criticism people give you and allow it to improve your wok. Even now as an entrepreneur, he looks for people to give him honest feedback so he can make things better.  

Another important element of his Pratt experience was the significance of his peers and other alumni that he has met after his time at Pratt. D.K calls Pratt the “Do School.” While here, students produce an incredible amount of work that other students can see just by walking throughout the campus. The atmosphere of creativity helped him thrive as a student and learn from the struggles of other students.
D.K found that fellow Pratt alumni have been great resources after he graduated. One of the jobs he held was because of a Pratt friend that got him in with the art director. The second opportunity occurred when his interviewer happened to be a Pratt alumnus who understood the rigors of the experience and the broad depth of knowledge that students learn here. D.K strongly advises that we should take advantage of the connections that exist with Pratt alumni. Many times a complete stranger will turn out to be a fellow Pratt companion.
D.K has stayed focused on achieving his professional goals and strives to remain involved in whatever intrigues him. He is in the midst of growing an entrepreneurship accelerator that focuses on helping Brooklyn based founders get started. It may focus on business planning and startup iteration, but he utilizes his creativity skill set just as much. D.K. is always looking outside the box to find the answers for entrepreneurs who seek his expertise. He put it this way:
“It’s like working on puzzles, but the puzzle pieces don’t exist yet.” Thus, he uses his creativity to discover the puzzle pieces.
Pratt Alumni are always offering to teach us from their experiences and D.K’s advice is something to take away. My chat with D.K. was a chance for me to learn from his experience at Pratt and how it was applied in the working world. I just had to share this with everyone. All of our journeys to success will be different, but there will always be times when we find help and inspiration from someone else's story.
Written by: Jil Berenblum

May 18, 2015

Gotham Tours: Welcome to Barker!


I got a sneak peek at Barker when I visited them with a group of students on Wednesday April 8th as a part of the Gotham Tours series held during #careerweek by the Career Ambassadors. It was awesome and we learned a lot about what the company is up to and what they are looking for in their interns.





As we walked into the office, you could see the attention to detail everywhere. The elements of design and branding that we saw carefully placed throughout the entire tour speak to Barker’s aesthetic and goals. From the color scheme to the fantastic chandelier, it was clear that Barker takes their branding very seriously. First on our list was a tour of the office space -- just amazing. The office was designed for collaboration with its open work spaces and lack of cubicles. As we walked upstairs to the second floor, many of us had our eyes glued to the intricate chandelier and then saw even more space for collaboration and the kitchen space.

We sat down to chat with Sandi Harari (SVP, Creative Director), Jennifer Schwartz (Associate Creative Director) and Yimeng Bai (Associate Creative Director). Sandi described Barker as an integrated agency where people work across different mediums and work vertically, not just horizontally. We saw this in the discussions about what campaigns they undertake and the various elements that are incorporated in the strategies that are produced. They look to take on projects where they can make an impact, like they did with the luxury bed for Hästens. The campaigns they develop are highly strategic and ask big questions at the beginning that influence their work.

One student asked about their process of using freelancers, as we got to see some of the work the agency has created. They are always keeping an eye out for talent and source freelancers from multiple places. When discussing what they look for in adding talent, they are seeking generalists with great aesthetic skills who can assess the strategic goals of their objective. One element that Sandi mentioned which was echoed by both Jennifer and Yimeng was cultural fit and attitude -- you need to be able to get things done on your own without someone looking over your shoulder.

The aesthetic at Barker is fresh and forward leaning. Every day is reprioritized and you are constantly doing something new. As an employee, you have the chance to show how great you are by constantly adding value to the work that is done. Interns are treated just like everyone else and are a part of the team -- no coffee fetching here.

Good news: Barker hires many of their interns! The company is looking for people who have just graduated to intern and want them to intern five days a week, which really provides the opportunity to be enveloped in the creative process and mesh with their aesthetics and goals. Be prepared to pivot and change gears as you asked to work on different projects in various capacities. A piece of advice we heard was to be malleable and fit in where you need to. That is certainly true for all employment situations -- flexibility is important.



We did get a sneak peek at an up-and-coming project that will be released in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for some new projects from Barker. To be a part of these awesome events, keep an eye out for our upcoming Gotham Tour series in the Fall 2015 semester. Updates and news will be available on the Career Ambassador Facebook page, so add them as a friend!

Written by: Emilie Buse
Images by: Emilie Buse


May 14, 2015

Awesome Machines, Pratt Graduates and More at Mindfile


On April 6th, I attended the first Gotham Tour in our series of site visits held during #careerweek. Our group traveled to Avenue of the Americas to visit Mindfile, which like most small companies owns a space in a building located in the center of crowded Manhattan.  After years of movies and The Good Wife, I expected Mindfile’s office to be a crowded space filled to the brim with desks and chairs and computers. When we went through the door, instead I found myself surprised at the small yet open space with plants, plenty of floor space and large windows that illuminated the room with sunlight.



Jennifer Wanamaker, who is the Production Manager, greeted us and proceed to introduce us to the office staff to hear what they do. First, we heard from a freelancer. He mostly comes in to edit, and he showed us this awesome machine that looked like I could find it in my grandfather’s basement.  The pre and post production industry is just beginning to be digitized, and as a result these older machines haven’t been phased out yet. Mindfile used to transfer their files onto film with this contraption and create tapes that would then be delivered to clients, but now Mindfile downloads their files to their servers and sends them to their clients digitally.  

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Next, we visited the in-house editing room. There we had the chance to talk to Pratt alumni Chris Minor and got to hear how the stop motion classes at Pratt helped him prepare for his current project. Then we spoke with Valeria Angel, the Production Coordinator. Valeria was a former intern at Mindfile who is now employed there full-time, and she advised that during internships you should ask lots of questions and to offer help without being asked to show your initiative and interest.

Last, but not least, we were introduced to James Curry who is the founder and president of Mindfile. He started off by showing us the equipment room and explaining the various devices Mindfile owns. Mindfile is unlike many pre and post production houses because they own their own equipment and store much of it in house rather than renting from outside companies.

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James shared that he first began his career in broadcasting. Before creating Mindfile in 2008, he had experience with filming as well as post production. By gaining experience in all areas of production, James learned how to help save time for editors when he was filming and figure out what he liked about the field. Jennifer offered similar advice to us. She suggested to students not only to do many internships but to try different things because “you don’t know what you are going to like.” James added that he has worked with many people who have been pigeonholed in their interests because of their consistent specialization, and now as an employer he looks for interns who are willing to try a little bit of everything.

Personally I was stuck by the fact that James and Jennifer knew what their interns were interested in pursuing and were dedicated to helping them grow. When new videos come in for editing, the interns are told how to edit the clips, but James gives his interns the chance to make their own edits and show him their work. While they don’t get paid or their edits may not be used, it gives the interns a chance to hear feedback from a professional who has worked in the field for over twenty years.

Visiting Mindfile was an eye opening experience that I am glad I participated in. If you are disappointed that you missed this awesome opportunity and want to know about our upcoming events, follow us on Twitter (@PrattSuccess) and like us on Facebook (Pratt Success).  

Written by: Bree Balsamo
Images by: Bree Balsamo

May 13, 2015

Jewelry Enthusiasts, Here is the Inside Scoop on Pamela Love!



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On April 17th, I was lucky enough to go on my first
Gotham Tour where we visited Pamela Love! The five of us made our way out of Brooklyn and into Manhattan excited beyond belief and ready to learn about this awesome entrepreneur. When we arrived, the first thing that struck me was the ambiance of the studio.  It was the kind of environment where creativity flourishes and then is manifested into jewelry.

On the guided tour led by Pamela herself, she showed us through the studio where we saw the different aspects of her business. First on the tour was the gallery showroom where she talks to buyers about her collection. From there we saw the jewelry benches, the fabrication manager, the logistics center and the part of the studio where designs are created. I had the chance to see the different elements that make up a successful business, which is important information to have, especially for those of us who do not know exactly where we would fit into a business model or if one day we hope to create our own own businesses.


Pamela also introduced us to her design process by showing us her concept boards and preliminary sketches. We got to see one of her staff members demonstrate how they use Rhino to create a digital mold of the piece. A student asked her what she thought about seasonal trend forecasts. She replied that it can seriously hurt creativity because designers often end up creating a lot of similar work, which then doesn’t encourage them to have creativity in their work. I felt that as designers who strive to express something particular, Pamela’s advice can really help those of us concerned about where our inspiration should come from and what we ought to be considering.

Getting to see Pamela Love’s design process along with the different parts of the firm really gave us an extensive view of what it means to be part of a creative companies that Pratt students will apply to for internships and full-time positions.

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Written by: Jil Berenblum
Images by: Jil Berenblum and Shannon O’Brian

May 12, 2015

Founder’s Club Hosts Cesar Kuriyama


From one creative person to another, let’s be honest with how difficult the creative world is. Thanks to the Founders Club, I had the pleasure of listening to the path taken by Cesar Kuriyama in his journey to become an entrepreneur. He is an inspiration to all of us seeking happiness in our creative practice.


Kuriyama graduated from Pratt in 2004 with a focus on animation. He told us that while in school he “wanted to do everything.” This curiosity led him to take classes in film, photo and graphic design. His varied interests helped him to become a great problem solver, which is an important skill set to have, and everything he learned ended up being an inspiration for him.


While working as an animator, Kuriyama kept looking for projects to fulfill his creative needs. He was also into watching TED Talks and came across one by Stefan Sagmeister which motivated him to make a change. Sagmeister is a successful designer who thrives by taking a year off every seven years to fuel his creativity. All the work he produces in the six years after his time off is inspired by that year where he is not working. Kuriyama took this philosophy and planned out the logistics so that he could take a year off and use it for his inspiration as a creative. To do so, he had to save half a years’ worth of salary in preparation.

On his 30th birthday, Kuriyama took the year off. He started to realize that he had an obsession with time within the first weeks of that year. He said that remembering specific events is always difficult, especially when they jumble together. In the year that he took off, he recognized that he wanted to remember every day. To do this, all he needed was a high definition camera and a way for it to be so easy that he would do it everyday. In other words, his phone.

While recording his daily activities, he noticed that TED was holding auditions for TED Talks and thought that recording every second of every day could be an idea worth spreading. As a man who uses regret as a motivating factor, he did not want to pass this opportunity. Kuriyama applied for the auditions and ended up speaking about filming his journey and what he learned from it.

While recording, he learned two very important lessons. The first was that he lived a better life after keeping a recorded diary because he wanted to do something memorable each day. Secondly, he learned that after taking the year off he felt like he had accomplished an unbelievable amount in all aspects of his life. In regards to his work he was inspired and working on the app. In his personal life, Kuriyama got to see his family overcome difficult obstacles. The footage that changed his life was also always there to reflect back on.  

Kuriyama’s documentation of his journey began as an art project until he realized that he wanted to do it forever and share it with everyone else. To pursue this idea, he developed an app that collects one second of every day. While thinking about this project, he found himself with a shortage of money to finish the idea. By publishing his prototype on Kickstarter he found that the public loved his idea and supported it.

His Kickstarter was such a success that it was featured on the front page of Reddit. This recognition gave Kuriyama the opportunity to finish his app, called 1 Second Everyday. Now the app has a growing fanbase, and was used in the movie Chef.

The way in which Kuriyama used an artistic project to jump-start a business just so that he can share what he learned with the public is very unique and inspiring.  As Pratt students we are always concerned with what we are working on and at times we can feel lost in the work we are producing. Cesar Kuriyama gives us a way to solve problems when questions arise and to take everything we learn and apply it to solving problems.

To learn more from Cesar Kuriyama and about his story, check out his TED Talk and website!

Written by: Jil Berenblum
Image by: Brynna Tucker


May 8, 2015

Lecture Review: Art Therapy Alumna ELAINE OSWALD

cropped hike photo.jpegI had the opportunity to attend a lecture held by the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Pratt. This particular program offers a Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development that educates art and dance therapy students to become clinicians and help individuals with mental health issues. The program is based on experiential learning and facilitates creative critical thinking to help students adopt solutions for clinical issues.

Elaine Oswald is a Pratt alumna with a MA in Art Therapy & Creative Development who graduated with the Class of 2000. She worked at HeartShare Human Services of New York for ten years as an Art Therapist where she provided case planning services to families in the child welfare system. Now, she runs art therapy groups to autistic children at the HeartShare School in Bensonhurt, Brooklyn and runs her own private practice.

During her time in the Art Therapy program, her first internship was with a New York Foundling hospital. This influenced her interest in working with families. For her second-year internship she worked at a substance abuse inpatient unit.

Someone asked how she got her current job in the Q & A session and she replied that she heard about it through a friend of a friend, highlighting the importance of networking. She also spoke about learning how to build connections and made the point that your connections can change when you move and they are no longer available to you in the same capacity. Elaine discussed her peer supervision group of four other art therapists who are also Pratt alumni. The purpose of this group is to discuss cases with other art therapists. She noted how “it is important to have the support of other friends in the field”.

Elaine provided advice about starting a private practice based on her struggles. She started with an office space and clients, and said that when marketing your private practice you must spread the word through colleagues. In the very beginning, she had payed 3 months of rent for the space without having clients. She advised the importance of being prepared and having money invested aside when starting a business.

An audience member asked how Pratt helped her prepare for “the world out there”. She said that being thrown into an internship right away gave her the ability to get into her practice immediately and gain learning experience. Elaine appreciated that Pratt focused on teaching the use of countertransference as a core tool of art therapy by encouraging deep exploration of one’s personal process as a therapist. Countertransference refers to the emotional response of the psychotherapist to the client’s contribution during a session.

Elaine is currently working on creating a website that will showcase her business and professional pursuits. It is still in process, but you can sign up for updates here.  For more information about her practice as an art therapist, you can view her professional profile on psychologytoday.com.

Be sure to follow Pratt Success on Facebook for information on different opportunities to hear from creative professionals and participate in other awesome events!

Written by: Jazz Seijii Hernandez
Image provided by Elaine Oswald

                                    

May 7, 2015

Trans and Gender Variance Inclusion in the Workplace


On March 26th, the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) held a panel called Trans and Gender Variant: Change the Employment Landscape, which discussed trans and gender-variance inclusion, protection, and equality in the workplace.

Before I attended the discussion I knew there were eight different genders, but I could only name three or four, transgender being one of them. That particular identity choice wasn't just a conceptual idea to me because over the years I have become close to someone who identifies as transgender. Since he is still in high school, I felt it was even more important for me to attend this panel discussion and share what I learned with others.

The panel was comprised of a multitude of people from different backgrounds and experiences: Amy Alma, Emmit Klien-Stropnicky, Ethan Rice, Vince White, Zave Martohadjono, Ryan Coupela and Wren Nilla. Emmit, Ethan, Zave, Ryan and Wren all introduced themselves as people who identify as trans. Amy and Zave are performing artists who shared their experiences as working artists in the city, while Ethan and Vince are lawyers who provided insight into the judicial issues transgender employees face. Ethan is a Pratt alumni who used his personal work experience as an example, while Ryan and Wren are current Pratt students who spoke about their experience as college students while at Pratt.

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The current workplace is not ideal for transgender employees throughout the country. Vince pointed out from his experience as a lawyer that "it is frustrating once you leave the city [referring to New York City] because a lot of laws that protect against workplace discrimination aren't really there in other parts of the country.” Most of the time while Vince is in court, he finds himself educating the jury on why work discrimination against transgender employees is wrong.

Emmit had not gone through a legal struggle, but his personal experience at his former workplace was just as eye opening. He started his transition at his former job, and although his boss didn’t discriminate against him, Emmit found his boss didn’t quite understand or grasp the experience he was going through. His boss continued to address him with the wrong pronouns, even after having been informed about these changes and asked to address him using the preferred gender pronoun him/his/himself. Although he had a supportive coworker at this job, Emmit felt he had to leave. Now he works at a metal shop where he has two trans coworkers and a boss who asks questions. For example, when his current boss didn’t know how to address one of Emmit’s transgender coworkers, he asked Emmit for help to use the correct language.


So what can you do to help? Every participant in the panel said that if someone is an ally for trans people, they should speak up and make it known they are an ally. While people who identify as transgender often want to be patient as they educate their coworkers, allies can help facilitate this process by encouraging coworkers to become accustomed to the changes. If a trans person specifies certain pronouns they want to be called, use them and don’t be afraid to correct others. Instead of telling someone they are wrong, tell them they are being rude by not respecting that person’s wishes in how they prefer to be addressed. If you don’t know the correct pronouns, like Emmit’s current boss did not, Emmit advised that you should use the default pronoun of “they”. Wren added that she started defaulting to they because she wanted to keep her mind open that anyone could be trans, and she wanted to get in the practice of not making gender assumptions.
There are handful of major cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City that provide trans employees with a numerous amount of resources. Zave, who has been active in many transgender civil rights organisations like Silvia Rivera Law Project, LGBT Center and FIERCE, named a few of the resources he used to help with his transition: “I went TDLEF [Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund] for name change and to Callen Lorde for gender marker and hormone therapy.”

In comparison to the experiences shared by the other panelists, Amy felt enough wasn’t being done to support the trans community on a social level. Amy and their partner created a studio and a loft share in Bushwick where anyone who identifies with any gender identity can work and live together as long as everyone corporates. "We are in charge for making sure that everyone is respectful and we still had issues with gender identity and people living together even in Bushwick." The fact that Amy and their partner still had people of all gender identities who had trouble getting along is a sign that New York City still needs to help the trans community. This can be by offering safe spaces to discuss gender identity, passing policies to support the trans community and more.

I can see that there is more work to be done legally, socially and culturally to support transgender employees in the workforce. If you are transgender or are an ally looking to help, here are some resources you can use to increase awareness and become informed:


Written by: Bree Balsamo
Image by: Olga Solano

May 1, 2015

Event Review - Hang Together: Collaborated Work & Practices


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Collaboration is a key element of the creative world, and it was out in full force for this exhibit featured in the Library. Pratt alumna Maria Uroos and Communications Manager Robert Carabay from the Center for Career & Professional Development joined forces to curate Hang Together: Collaborated Work & Practices. The show displayed work created by Pratt students, alumni, faculty and their collaborators. It opened on February 2nd in the Pratt Institute Brooklyn Library and was extended to run through April 9th. Aside from the exciting work that was showcased, there was a fascinating reception and panel discussion held on March 9th that involved artists and curators from the Hang Together exhibit.

On Monday afternoon, the Alumni Reading Room in the Library was buzzing with curiosity about the work that was showcased and people were waiting impatiently to hear what the artists had to say about their work and their processes. The panel members were Maria Uroos (Co-Curator, Pratt Alumna), Carla Gannis (Moderator, Assistant Chair of Digital Arts), Jaye Moon (Artist, Pratt Alumna), along with Patrick Rowe and his collaborators that are part of the multigenerational collective Mobile Print Power.

Everyone eagerly sat down with the delicious snacks that were provided. The panel began with an introduction to the work and background of each artist. As we went deeper into the discussion, these creative geniuses all touched base on the struggles and rewards that came from working together with other creatives or with the public.

Jayne Moon’s work is a dynamic lego web that people can add to as a part of her evolving work. She uses legos because they are a universal toy that sparks everyone’s interest. Her piece began as work that was not a public creation, but after her art piece, TreeHouse (where the public surprisingly added pieces) everything changed. At the panel discussion, she described how fascinating it was to see individuals adjust her work with their ideas. She also saw how once her art work had been changed by the public it was no longer her own and she had to let go of it a little so it could grow on its own.

Patrick Rowe and his partners collectively work with a Mobile Print Power, by develop art inspired by the community. In one of their projects they asked the community in Corona Plaza, Queens for phrases in either Spanish or English. After collecting the phrases, they would translate them and produce prints with their mobile print maker. Once the prints had been produced, they would bring them back into the public to share what they had gotten from the participants. When describing collaboration, Rowe noted how it is important to be flexible with the process. For instance, if the public is not responding to their questions with data or information that can be later transformed, something has to be changed. It is a constant team effort to make their projects work. He also stressed the importance of giving credit to all collaborators.

The work we saw from Carla Gannis also was geared towards social engagement. As the co-creator of <legend> </legend>, she worked with Justin Petropoulos (and later the public) to create a project that is still expanding. It began with drawings made while listening to Petropoulos’ poems and later grew to allow the public to create their own interpretation of the poems through digital mediums and social media. She found that collaborating brings a persuasive power to the work. She also discussed collaboration between different forms of media, such as art with technology. This contemporary way of expression allows the project to grow endlessly.

In this day and age, the panelists spoke to the modern artist or designer whose collaboration adds allure from the public. As an observer to the panel discussion, I must say that it was very interesting and I learned about collaboration from a new perspective.

Written by: Jil Berenblum
Images by: The Center for Career & Professional Development

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