The Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program and Education Department invite you to join 4 teaching artists from their network: Molmol Kuo, Onyedika Chuke, Jennifer Ifil-Ryan, and Patrick Rowe as they share their knowledge and experience. Come learn about the individual path each artist followed to becoming a teaching artist, the different contexts in which they teach, and how they balance their individual art practice with their teaching practice. The workshop will begin with a panel presentation moderated by Jason Yoon, Director of Education at the Queens Museum, and will be followed by 4 small group workshops where participants will engage with an exercise from one of the artist’s teaching toolbox.
This event is free but space is limited to 40 participants and RSVP is required for participation. Please RSVP by following this link: https://queensmuseum.wufoo.com/forms/paths-and-tools/
About the Teaching Artists
Molmol Kuo is a technologist and media artist who enjoys telling stories with new media, moving images, kinetics and interactive sculpture. In 2003, she brought together a seminar weekly performance about live video performance at Taipei Art district. Around that time, she started to focus on live audio-visual performances and produced work at MOCA, Taipei, as well as music events and electronica arts festivals. Her documentary film on homelessness, youth, and social justice,Treasure Hill, was screened at Scope Art Fair at MOMA, Basel in 2007. She received scholarship for her studies on interaction design at New York University in 2008. She was awarded as Tisch school of Arts’ interdisciplinary grant recipient in 2011. Her interactive LED installation, Connecting Light, was part of the London 2012 Festival, occupied the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site over seventy miles. As an educator in the Queens Museum’s New New Yorkers program she has worked to develop workshops for adult new immigrant communities in their native language.
Onyedika Chuke is an artist and educator. He is currently a resident of the Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Studio Program and has worked with programs such as Studio in a School. His practice is currently focused on an ongoing essay composition titled “The Forever Museum” in which the artist analyzes history/historiography of museum objects, and presents three dimensional models (sculptures) based on the disjunctures between historical architecture, its politics and the human body. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union.
Jennifer Ifil-Ryan comes to the Queens Museum with over 10 years experience as a Teaching Artist, working with various non-profits such as Studio in a School, Community Word Project and Casita Maria, reaching students in all grade levels across NYC public schools in all five boroughs. Her ideology is grounded in social transformation through educational and cultural equity, with a passion for creating spaces where access to the arts is an expectation and not a privilege. Jennifer works as the manager of school partnerships for the Queens Museum developing culturally and institutionally relevant curriculum with school partners. In addition, she works as a consultant for Development Without Limits, a non-profit whose mission is to foster the creation and sustainability of youth driven programming through professional development trainings for underserved and marginalized populations. She currently holds an MA in Visual Arts and Non-Profit Administration from NYU.
Patrick Rowe is an artist and educator who works to co-create spaces for active participation, collaboration, and the exchange of cultural knowledge. In 2013 Patrick started Mobile Print Power, a mobile printmaking collective based out of Immigrant Movement International in Corona, Queens. In addition Patrick has recently taught at CUP (Center for Urban Pedagogy), and at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education. He received his MFA in printmaking and MS in art and design education from Pratt Institute.
About the Moderator
Jason Yoon, Director of Education, oversees the Queens Museum’s largest programmatic department. Activities include programs for children, families, immigrants, seniors, and people with special needs. Prior to working at the Queens Museum, Yoon served as Executive Director at New Urban Arts for four years, during which the organization was recognized both by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities as one of the nation’s 50 best youth arts programs and by the United States Department of Education as one of 20 high school after-school programs to be included in a national study of best practices. He also previously served as the Director of Finance and Operations at the DreamYard Project, a Bronx New York non-profit provider of arts education programs; founded and directed 7ARTS, a youth arts program for teenagers based in the Queens Museum; and worked as the Development Coordinator at the award-winning Explore Charter School.
About Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program
The expanded Queens Museum features a new, expanded slate of artist services, including a brand new Studio Program, with professional development features and a networking Lecture Series that draws on human resources at the Queens Museum. Open A.I.R. programs will offer professional development topics targeted specifically to all interested emerging artists.
Open A.I.R. is made possible by a generous grant from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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