How Social Practitioners Connect to Communities, a panel presentation organized by ZERO1 Fellow Cecilia Galiena
How can social practitioners connect to communities? How do they direct their focus, energies and ideas to address, work with and engage neighborhoods and groups that are at the center of their projects and attention? This panel of artists and community members will enrich the existing knowledge and discussion around what works and what does not work for social practice artists when they try to get a community engaged around a certain issue of relevance. Together with ZERO1 Fellow Cecilia Galiena and a panel of artists and community members, this panel will promote an exchange of ideas and enrich the existing knowledge and discussion around what works and what does not work for social practice artists when they try to get a community engaged around a certain issue of relevance.

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: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: ZERO1 Garage
439 S. 1st Street, San Jose


More about the presenters:

Gregory Sale is a multidisciplinary artist with a socially-engaged art practice. He is currently producing two bodies of work.  It’s not just black and white (supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) gives voice to the multiple constituencies of incarceration and criminal justice systems.  Love for Love, a socially-engaged project created in collaboration with eight organizations and 120 community participants in Chapel Hill, NC., takes on love, loss and language by flirting with the fluid parameters of public and private, prose and poem. Sale is Assistant Professor of Intermedia and Public Practice at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. 

Marisa Jahn, of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, is an artist, writer, and activist. In 2000, she co-founded REV-, a team of artists, journalists, technologists, low-wage workers, immigrants, and youth whose public art and creative campaigns present new perspectives to accelerate social change. Marisa is the co-editor of three books about art and politics. "Pro+agonist: The Art of Opposition' is a book that explores the productive possibilities of ‘agonism,’ or a relationship built on mutual incitement and struggle. 'Recipes for an Encounter' is a book about the anticipatory nature of recipes together with their promise of what will unfold, take place, be consumed.' 'Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices investigates artworks that involve embedding themselves within governments, industries, and electoral politics to produce byproducts of the system itself.

Julio Cesar Morales is an artist, educator and curator currently working both individually and collaboratively. Morales teaches and creates art in a variety of settings, from juvenile halls and probation offices to museums, art colleges, alternative non-profit institutions. Morales' work consistently explores issues of labor, memory, surveillance technologies and identity strategies. He also was adjunct curator for Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts from 2007-12 and is currently the curator for the Arizona State University Art Museum. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Julio Cesar Morales studied new genres at the San Francisco Art institute. An artist, educator and curator, Morales founded San Francisco gallery Queen's Nails Annex and has exhibited throughout the world. He has received awards from The Rockefeller Foundation, The Arts Council, The Fleishhacker Foundation, and The Creative Work Fund.

Megan Joseph, MA has been designing and implementing community-based social change efforts that address immediate needs, the systems and policies sustaining these needs and the capacity for people and their environments to change for over 15 years. She has seen that all communities have the capacity to thrive with dignity, justice and equity if they are given the right tools and commit to true collaborative action. Megan is currently the Director of Community Organizing at the United Way of Santa Cruz County where she oversees multiple cross-sector social change projects from youth violence prevention to criminal justice system reform, and is adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University where she teaches Diversity, Community and Consciousness and Leadership for Sustainable Change. Megan is also a trained coach through the Coaches Training Institute and a certified facilitator and associate trainer in Dialogue for Peaceful Change conflict resolution.

Teresa Ramírez-Montagut, M.D., Ph.D is the Director of Programs, BuildingAFRICA. Teresa holds a Medical Doctor degree from the National and a Ph.D. in Immunology from Cornell University at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Her training includes research fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital, MSKCC, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Rockefeller University. She works at Novartis where she led the Cancer Vaccine Initiative and is currently developing novel cancer immunomodulators. Her field of expertise resides in activating the immune system, through vaccination or immunomodulation, as a new approach to eradicate cancer and other chronic diseases. Teresa brings to BuildingAFRICA extensive medical expertise on health issues of developing countries and scientific expertise on vaccination and primary care strategies. Her role in BuildingAFRICA is to develop programs on Healthcare, Education, Agriculture and Technology (HEAT programs) through partnerships with key global and local institutions and maximize inter-disciplinary approaches and collaborative efforts.

How Social Practitioners Connect to Communities is part of ZERO1 summer program BRING IT! Each week this summer, we’re handing  over the ZERO1 Garage to innovative artists and community members who are pushing the boundaries of digital culture, using art to address real-world social challenges, and contributing to the community of creativity and innovation that Silicon Valley is known for.