Wednesday Afternoon Conversation Series

Happening on: 
March 12, 2014 12:00pm
Science & Education Center, 2136 SW 5th Avenue

Presented by the Art and Social Practice MFA program of the School of Art + Design, Portland State University 

The PSU Art and Social Practice Wednesday Afternoon Conversation Series (PASPWACS) is a series of presentations by people and organizations related to Art and Social Practice including artists, non-profits, writers, and architects. The presentations are free and open to the public and take place on Wednesday afternoons, and are streamed live and archived as a podcast. The presentations function as extended Q and A sessions with an expectation that participants and listeners will educate themselves in advance about the work of the presenters. The series is coordinated by PSU associate professor Harrell Fletcher and run by the graduate students of the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA program.  


Kurt Gohde & Kremena Todorova
March 12, 2014
12-2 pm
Science & Education Center, 2136 SW 5th Ave.

Documenting the intricacies of the lives of Lexington’s drag queens and kings through photos and short written vignettes. Photographing area residents seated on the furniture they had left at the curb—and then convincing them to share personal stories related to the discarded items. Hiding handmade dolls in nooks and crannies along the Limestone Avenue corridor and encouraging local residents to find the dolls and give them good homes.

These are just a small sampling of the types of community projects Kremena Todorova has pursued with her favorite collaborator, Transylvania art professor Kurt Gohde. Some projects, such as the 1,000 Dolls project and temporary mural installations, have been associated with the Community Engagement Through the Arts class that Todorova and Gohde teach at Transylvania. Not only do students eagerly embrace collaborating with area residents on these art projects, but the local denizens frequently come to class.



Cynthia Gomez
March 5, 2014
12-2 pm
Science & Education Center, 2136 SW 5th Ave.

Cynthia Carmina Gómez has spent the last 12 years working at Portland State University as a Senior Capstone instructor for University Studies teaching sustainability and social justice focused community-based learning courses to undergraduates.  During that time, she also worked for the Portland non-profit Latino Network, first as a a board member, then in direct service as a adjudicated youth educational advocate, and most recently, as the Director of Líderes, a civic engagement and leadership program. Formerly, Cynthia worked as the PSU Coordinator for the Oregon Leadership Institute, where she worked with college and high school Latino students in partnership with Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement; worked for the non-profit Innovation Partnership; and operated her own consulting firm. She currently serves on the United Way Diversity Advisory Committee; is a Commissioner for the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Environmental Justice Task Force; and is a graduate of Leadership Portland Class 2012.


Darrell Grant
February 26, 2014
12-2 pm
Science & Education Center, 2136 SW 5th Ave.

Jazz pianist and composer Darrell Grant has performed in some of the best clubs in the country as a sideman to legends like Betty Carter and Chico Freeman, while his recordings as a bandleader have won critics' praise. but his most important gig is right here at Portland State, where he communicates the joy of jazz to the students of PSU's award-winning Jazz Studies program. Darrell's student have the ideal opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real-world challenges facing working musicians located in the heart of Oregon's cultural center. In other words, it's an education that swings.

Abby Gaterud
February 19, 2014
12-2 pm
Science & Education Center, 2136 SW 5th Ave.



Sarah Mirk
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Field Work, 1101 SW Jefferson (at 11th Street)

Sarah Mirk is a Portland-based journalist who is interestd in history, social justice, and other people, She is the online editor for national feminist pop culture magazine Bitch and is a writer, illustrator, and editor of nonfiction comics, including the Oregon History Comic series. Her book about nontraditional relationships, Sex from Scratch, is due out in spring of 2014.

Twitter @ sarahmirk

PASPWACS is made possible by generous donations from Dave and Erika Cianciulli, The Bear Deluxe and The Platt Family. If you or someone you know is interested in supporting the series please let us know.

More information about the 2013-2014 PASPWACS will be announced soon.

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