The Arts Initiative convenes interdisciplinary workshops that inform new projects and programming for all ages. This method is grounded in the notion that artistic practice is a substantive context in which to aspire towards individual and societal transformation.
The Arts Initiative developed a process-focused approach called Practicing, a series of workshops, projects, and programs that applies rigorous thinking and making to questions framed by multiple perspectives. Practicing workshops inspire projects in various forms including dance, music, poetry, and installation. Our many audiences encounter the artistic process through showings, openings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, and range of programs for families.
Many partners have enriched Practicing, including:
Bill T. Jones
Andrea Miller and GALLIM
Yale Institute of Sacred Music
The Arvo Pärt Project
Copper Beech Institute
Read “Dancing with Architecture,” an article by Paul Clemence in Metropolis.
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Developed Moments & Fieldnotes, a digital programming series inspired by the Arts Initiative archive. The inaugural issue "Practicing Joy Amid Compounding Struggles for Life and Liberation" is a curatorial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Supported influential artist Carrie Mae Weems and her ongoing investigation of family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Programming featured a presentation of the performance-based work, Past Tense.
Supported distinguished artist Meredith Monk and her interdisciplinary practice that discovers and weaves together new modes of perception. Programming featured the development of Cellular Songs and a work-in-progress showing of the critically-acclaimed work.
Introduced a suite of high-standard artist and educator-led family programs—including facilitated activities, discovery guides, play spaces, and library resources—that serve as portals into the Foundation’s work for children and caregivers to enjoy together.
Developed a process-focused approach called Practicing, a series of workshops, projects, and programs led by Arts Initiative Creative Director Kenyon Victor Adams that applies rigorous thinking and making to questions framed by multiple perspectives.
Activated Grace Farms with inaugural programming featuring the work of SANAA, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, Beatriz Milhazes, Susan Philipsz, Aloe Blacc, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Matthew Rushing, and New Chamber Ballet.