Each year, our artist development program, Create Change, supports 15 to 20 artists developing their socially engaged creative practice through our Fellowship, Residency, and Commissions program. In 2012, we began asking our Create Change artists to pair up for Creative Conversations: open-ended creative exchanges to be published on our blog. Read on to meet our Create Change alumni.
Audrey and Chris held their creative conversation in the form of a recording and collage.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
In the summer of 2009, Audrey Hailes led youth, aged 13-19, in DC on an arts and community outreach-based environmental campaign. During this campaign, she supervised the development of arts curriculum, activism training, ensemble building, and the development of a final production. In 2010, Audrey graduated with an Achievement award from NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing. In 2011 she joined Body Ecology and has since been an associate artist and organizer of our Ringshout for Reproductive Justice campaign. In the summer of 2012, she received training in cultural organizing at the Highlander Center for Research and Education. Audrey led a group of 16-19 aged youth in devising a street performance in Bed-Stuy based on the Wiz and Gil Scott-Heron poetry.
Christopher Lopez was born in The Bronx, in 1984. Lopez has been working as a photojournalist since 2005 starting at the Spanish language paper, El Diario La Prensa. Recently, he has become the first teaching artist for the new education department at The Aperture Foundation in New York City. In 2012 he taught his first program on photography and the process of photo book making to ages K-12 at the Grand Street Settlement in The Lower East Side.