Arts and Civic Engagement: Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 27th at 4:00 PM (EDT)
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A discussion on the role of public art in community engagement & empowerment, in connection with Shelia Pree Bright’s installation Re-Birth in the Boston University Mugar Memorial Library.

About our Panelists

Charlotte Maher is an art organizer, producer and advocate, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Charlotte currently leads public art installations for Beyond Walls, a non-profit placemaking agency based in Lynn, Massachusetts, and she helped launch the Fresco Exchange, a creative exchange program between the US and Latin America. Previously, Charlotte established the visual arts program for the Cambridge Innovation Center, coordinating murals and exhibitions from over 60 artists. She has participated in creative programs around the world, including the Muro al Barrio project in Colombia, exhibitions for Harvard University, and graphic design for Janet Echelman Studios. Charlotte graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Organizational Communication.

Keif Schleifer is principal of KSDesign Collaborative (KSDC), a creative practice that provides technical, architectural, and public-use design solutions. KSDC also provides a platform for elevating fellow artists & designers and solving logistical challenges associated with curation, installation and maintenance of art in public spaces. The platform uses art interventions to facilitate community empowerment opportunities through direct engagement & asset-utilization strategies. Keif served in the military as a Firefighter/Medic in Aviation Crash/Fire/Rescue. Following that, she worked and volunteered as a civilian Firefighter/EMT and these experiences (including work at New York City’s Twin Towers/Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11), inform her current practice with a unique perspective on public safety, building mechanics & structural integrity. Keif is Vice President of the Mad Housers, a non-profit organization that builds small emergency shelters for the homeless. She holds an two A.A. Degrees (one focusing on Mathematics and the other on Chemistry); a B.A. in Architecture from Wellesley College and an M.S. Arch in Building Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture.

Sheila Pree Bright is an International acclaimed photographic artist known for her photography series #1960Now, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia. She is described as a softspoken woman who images speak boldly and truthfully, which portrays a combine wide-range knowledge of contemporary culture. The images she presents and capture of culture and sometimes counter-culture challenges ideas about narratives that are controlled by Western thought and power structures. Bright’s work is in the book and exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture. Also, Bright’s photographs appeared in the 2014 feature-length documentary Through the Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. She has been exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Smithsonian National Museum of African American Museum, Washington, DC; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent, England; The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and the Leica Gallery in New York. She is the recipient of several awards including Center Prize (2006). Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, to name a few; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC, Oppenheimer Collection: Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland, KS, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, GA and The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Pyramid Peak Foundation, Memphis, TN and the University of Georgia, Athen, GA. Bright’s recent series, #1960Now is featured in the New York Times.