HQ: Design & Citizenship: Using the Green Loop as a Tool for Social Good

How can the Green Loop serve the people of Portland and encourage civic engagement? Join artists Michelle Illuminato and Ariana Jacob to investigate the social aspects of urban space, unpack pressing needs and challenges for locals and newcomers alike, and dream about the future of our city. This experiential workshop will consider how public space and public process can invite participation from a diverse range of people. We will walk a portion of the Green Loop’s proposed course to gather our own sense of this future park as a physical, cultural and political place, and imagine and enact open, invitational strategies for our city’s public life.

The workshop will be led by Michelle Illuminato and Ariana Jacob.

M. Michelle Illuminato is an artist and educator who creates events, public-exchanges, and artworks to help reveal the complicated and often contradictory relationship between people, their culture and the land they live on. She creates dialogue and works in collaboration, often with next question as a way to better understand these relationships. These activities translate into the classroom, where she asks students to slow down, to notice and to make connections to the people, ideas and issues in their world. Since 2006, Illuminato helped to shape the innovative Foundations program at Alfred University in rural western New York. As of September 2016 she has turned her energy to creating a new CORE program at Portland State University in Oregon.

Ariana Jacob makes artwork that uses conversation as medium and as a subjective research method. Her work explores experiences of interdependence and disconnection, questions her own idealistic beliefs, and investigates how people make culture and culture makes people. She received her MFA in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University. Her work has been included in the NW Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, Disjecta’s Portland 2012 Biennial, the Open Engagement Conference, and the Discourse and Discord Symposium at the Walker Art Center. She has exhibited work and organized events at apexart and Smack Mellon in New York City, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time Based Arts Festival, The Portland Art Museum, and c3 Initiative in Portland, OR, The Department of Safety in Anacortes, WA, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA; and in many public places.

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