Through the Institute, PICA takes an expansive view of “art education,” connecting a diverse range of audiences with contemporary artists and the ideas behind their work. From participatory workshops to lectures, salons, and gallery tours, Institute programming acknowledges multiple modes of learning, and overlaps with the activities of our Resource Room library and archive. The Institute provides context around new forms and sparks dialogue and debate about the projects we present and the issues they explore.
These educational programs are conceived of as a year-round channel of engagement with our community. TBA talks and workshops, evening presentations and screenings, or a weekend Symposium of panels, dinners, and open rehearsals all fall within the rubric of the PICA Institute. As an extension of Institute activities, PICA works closely with local academic institutions at all levels, from elementary schools to universities. We co-present the MFA Studio Lecture Series at Portland State University, host student tours of our visual art exhibitions, and connect resident artists with school groups for studio visits and critiques.
Field Guide is a new, ongoing, public engagement series at PICA designed to help audiences feel more comfortable with and informed about contemporary dance performance. Through facilitated workshops with faculty experts, focused exploration of an artist’s work, new social connections, and equal emphasis on physical movement, presentation, and conversation, anyone curious about dance performance is welcome. No prior dance experience required. Join an informal conversation (complete with food and drink), attend a show with a group of fellow curious audience members, and learn from visiting choreographers and scholars.
Recent and upcoming Field Guide sessions include:
June 8: Emily Johnson/Catalyst, facilitated by Keith Hennessy
August 10: bobbevy/Suniti Dernovsek & David Stein, facilitated by Noelle Stiles
September 14: Trajal Harrell, facilitated by FRONT
September 17: Laura Arrington & Jesse Hewit, facilitated by Zoe Scofield
September 20: Bouchra Ouizguen, facilitated by Keith Hennessy
September 21: Miguel Gutierrez, facilitated by Tonya Lockyer