We are an internationally recognized experimental workshop space dedicated to supporting creative interactions between people and their environments, understanding the cultural & political implications of change making, and supporting the creation of projects that are motivated by social and environmental concerns. Our focus is to cultivate, enrich, nurture, and expose the fine and practical arts as powerful advocacy tools. Our program stresses the importance of engaging the visual arts and non-fiction photography with writing, science, humanities, advocacy, and strategic communication in a way that contributes to the knowledge base needed to create effective work. Our belief is that we must combine raising awareness and increasing the depth of our conversations with clear vision of the change we hope to affect.
THE PROJECT COLLIDER WORKSHOPS specifically curate a diverse group of participants from backgrounds such as science, advocacy, education, communications, documentary, journalism, and fine art. This 4 day workshop intensive will bring the power of an informed group with diverse backgrounds to bear on your cause-driven art or media project. Our open forum, salon-style workshop is designed for anyone working on issue-driven visual arts and communication projects with the goal of provoking change. Participants may include photographers, filmmakers, scientists, educators, activists, agency creatives, journalists, nonprofit communication directors, artists, executives and documentarians. Each different industry has a different idea of what it means to do cause-driven work. Participants diverse backgrounds and varied.
The basic structure of the workshop will follow the typical life cycle of a project as an armature through which to focus on concept and research, prep / preproduction, creation, editing / post production, and distribution and evaluation. Participation is by application. Group size minimum is 7 projects and limited to 12 projects.
- To inspire new collaborations and discover new forms of visual narratives
- To explore how audiences interact with cause-driven content and find new tools for more effectively engaging current and future audiences
- To create narratives that do more than shock or inform but that will lead to substantive action and real change
Date: November 5-9, 2014
Tuition & Accommodations: $2,800 includes 5 nights accommodations (breakfast & lunch included), at THE ASPEN MEADOWS RESORT. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.
Applications are open until TBA, August 2014
Applications will be presented to Patti Bartelstein, Executive Director of THE PROJECT ROOM, and Jason Houston for acceptance and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please read the REGULATIONS to APPLY and follow the included instructions.
For all inquiries regarding the workshop, please contact: email@example.com
Jason Houston has worked in visual communication for over 20 years, much of the time as an independent photographer / filmmaker doing magazine stories, books, and NGO image library assignments as well as related long-term personal projects on social and environmental issues. Recent subjects include deforestation in Borneo, watershed conservation in the Peruvian Amazon, fisheries management throughout the developing tropics, and agricultural heritage on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. His work has appeared in large market outlets such as The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Photo District News, Discover, Business Week, The Nature Conservancy, Audubon, and the United Nations, as well as boutique outlets like Gastronomica, Orion, Daylight, The Drake, and Bike Magazine. He has photographed several books, including Reclaiming Our Food: How the grassroots food movement is changing the way we eat (Storey Publishing, 2011), which documented community-based food programs across the country and was named one of the “Top 10 Books on the Environment” in 2012 by the American Library Association.
Jason is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and has exhibited widely and presented often on his work at venues including Mountainfilm, San Francisco Art Institute, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Williams College, University of Colorado Boulder, The New Mexico Museum of Art, Fovea, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and the Nevada Museum of Art. He also teaches photography and documentary workshops privately and for various organizations including the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in California and Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado.
From 2004-2012 Jason also served as picture editor for Orion magazine. In this role he often contributed as a guest/contributing editor, portfolio reviewer, juror, and curator to numerous publications and organizations across the country and around the world, including F-Stop Magazine, Fraction, FotoFest, Photolucida, International Center of Photography, The Aperture Foundation, The Lucie Awards, NY Photo Festival, Flash Forward (England), PDN and Lishui International Photography Festival (China). For the last two years he has co-chaired and presented at the “Collaborations for Cause” conference held annually in the Pacific Northwest. In 2011 became the first national board member for Blue Earth (a non-profit fiscal sponsor for independent documentary projects) where he served as an advisor since 2008.
THE PROJECT ROOM is a collaboration dedicated to shared passion, innovative perspectives and thought provoking stories that inspire action and ignite change to positively impact our world. THE PROJECT ROOM’S international platform creates an outlet to share Patti’s 30 years of experience with photo documentation and visual storytelling while providing an opportunity to learn from outstanding global artists who wish to share their work and stories.
"Connectivity truly has been food for my soul. By bridging artists and institutions from every continent, my desire is for THE PROJECT ROOM gallery to help us all become more globally aware, feel a strong sense of unity, create more depth and inspiration in our lives.”
Patti drives THE PROJECT ROOM to investigate themes of well-executed conceptual depth by crossing disciplines and featuring often under-recognized work across the globe. She specializes in the development and implementation of workshops and programs with world class leaders and facilitators, stressing upon the importance of overlapping the fine art with the broad range of liberal arts, intersecting humanities and sciences, building on a powerful knowledge base to create brilliant work, while simultaneously raising awareness within our global community, including historical and social political understandings.
Patti holds a BA in photography studies from University of Colorado, Boulder, a BFA from Columbia College, Chicago, and she was selected for an honors photography program in Florence, Italy. Her professional engagements include positions at Martha Schneider Contemporary Photography Gallery and MCA Chicago. Patti is a nationally certified instructor for the Yoga Alliance, a member of Humble Arts Foundation, Woman in Photography and she currently serves as an advisory board member for the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
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