In collaboration with the EPACenter this class is an immersive hands-on introduction to contemporary public art practices, with a focus on community engagement, program design and installation. Field trips to galleries, artists’ studios, public art sites and museums are included and will introduce students to the work of Scape Martinez, a Bay Area-based mural and graffiti artist. With the guiding philosophy of public art as public health, students will work with instructors and community members to research and envision a public art program for EPACenter and the City of East Palo Alto. Students with interests in painting, visual art, design and arts administration will gain a multifaceted look into the process of site-specific public art practice.
Gina Hernandez Clarke is a Lecturer in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (by courtesy) and a Director of Community Engaged Learning at the Stanford Arts Institute. Hernandez received an M.F.A. in Theater, Film and Television from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is working on her masters in liberal arts at Stanford University A participant in the Smithsonian Latino Center Museum Studies Program in 2009 she teaches courses in Latino visual and performing arts and community-based and public art in CSRE.