ABD Productions, Skywatchers
Saturday-Sunday, July 8-16 at 11:00AM to 3:00PM
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ART MATTERS: An Introduction to Community Engaged Art

Are you an artist engaged in or hoping to work with communities?

An arts administrator working in a non-profit or government agency that places artists within communities?

An educator or social service provider, interested in arts integration?

Please join us for four rich and interactive days weaving together the history and contemporary practice of community-based arts, with real-time, experiential learning, and community building.

Community engaged practice begins with the assumption that art has the potential to create positive change in our lives, communities, and the spaces we occupy—and that artists are an integral part of community life. We posit art as a platform for creating dialogue toward equity and social justice. We’ll explore the following questions over the course of the workshop:

How do we as artists, activists, educators and program administrators bring our skills and practices to a shared table, while inviting a plurality of voices to emerge?

How do we maintain a balance between embodied practice and intellectual rigor?

What are the barriers and assumptions that undermine the success of our work?

How do we measure success?

What is the relationship between process and outcome?

_MG_3561 (1)Facilitated by Anne Bluethenthal and Krista DeNio, ART MATTERS, will look at specific case studies within Community Engaged Art, and explore an array of readings—historic and current—with the aim of understanding the multifaceted context in which we work.

Successful and durational projects made with/in communities often involve multiple stakeholders, from neighborhood residents to artists, administrators and funders. In this workshop setting you’ll have an opportunity to interact with folks in all of these roles, learning from each other, and building connections and community. Together we will challenge both artist and organizer to envision a wide range of potential art making activities not limited by former models or approaches to making art.


Saturday, July 8th
Sunday, July 9th
Saturday, July 15th
Sunday, July 16th

TIME: 11:00AM to 3:00PM

LOCATION: CounterPulse (upstairs studio), 80 Turk Street, SF, CA 94102

COST: Please select the group that most accurately describes your current position:

  • Independent Artist: $100-$200 (Sliding Scale)
  • Organizations: $250-$500 (Depending on budget size)

HOW TO APPLY: SPACES ARE LIMITED. APPLY NOW! Please submit a 250 word statement, describing what draws you to this course: How does it intersect with your passions and commitments? How does this work relate with how you plan to engage art in communities? Whether you are an artist,  student, arts administrator, social service provider, community organizer, or funder, how do you think this workshop will advance your work?

Send your statement and contact info to by June 20!

Organized by ABD Productions and CounterPulse

All photos of Skywatchers by Deirdre Visser


July 8 @ 11:00 am
September 16 @ 3:00 pm