Public Art Workshop
(New York, USA)
The series of workshops by American curator Kendal Henry is an integral part of the Art Prospect festival. This year, it will be held for students of the Chto Delat School of Engaged Art.
The introductory lecture will explore the definition of public art and the many forms it can take. Street artists, government entities, museums, and private organizations all use public art as a tool for social engagement, civic pride, and economic development. The goal of the lecture is to inspire the audience to engage in their own public art experiences, no matter if they have a background in art.
During the series of workshops, participants will draw on the lecture to create simple but effective projects of their own. The artists will collaborate with Kendal Henry to create interactive public works exploring the festival theme, Forms of Unity.
The final projects will be exhibited as part of the main festival program on September 23–26 in the Gaza Palace of Culture.
Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and has specialized in public art for over 30 years. He’s currently the Assistant Commissioner of Public Art at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Henry has given guest lectures at various universities and educational institutions including Rhode Island School of Design Senior Studio and Pratt Institute’s Arts and Cultural Management Program. He was Manager of Arts Programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit for eleven years and a curator-at-large at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art in Brooklyn, NY.