This workshop is designed for artists, by artists, as a primer into the practice of creative placemaking. Together, we will explore the values of creative placemaking, its best practices, and what it means to take your art into the context of community.
Founder and Executive Director, LOOP LAB
Chris Hope, CTS is the founder and executive director of The Loop Lab, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young adults of color to enter careers in the media arts industry in Cambridge. Hope received his B.A. from Tufts University, and a Masters at Harvard Divinity School. He now serves on the board of advisors for South By Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, the board of Lesley University's College of Art + Design, is a Creative Community Fellow with the National Arts Strategies, and serves on the My Brother's Keeper Task Force in the Cambridge Mayors office.
Hope is also an accomplished Audio-Video professional and on-air DJ with a podcast and radio broadcast called “Hip-Hope Radio,” having interviewed guests like Dr. Cornel West.
ELISA H. HAMILTON
Elisa H. Hamilton is a socially engaged multimedia artist who creates inclusive artworks that emphasize shared spaces and the hopeful examination of our everyday places, objects, and experiences. She holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MA in Civic Media from Emerson College. Her work has been shown locally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions. She has been the recipient of four public art grants to create temporary public works in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, and two grants from New England Foundation for the Arts. She has held artist residencies with Vermont Studio Center, Boston Center for the Arts, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, and the Fenway Alliance. Projects include "Sound Lab," a special community sound project that was featured in "Listen Hear: The Art of Sound" at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, "Community Legacy," a collaboration with the MIT List Visual Arts Center, "Slideshow," a celebration of 10 Boston area women and their lived experiences that took place in and around a shipping container, co-presented by HUBweek and Now+There, and "Pack Our Bags," an interactive installation which was exhibited at the International Center of Photography, New York, NY in collaboration with For Freedoms. Current projects include "Jukebox," a community-centered public art commission for the City of Cambridge, MA. Hamilton continues her creative practice at her studio at Boston Center for the Arts.
M. MOSES MICHEL
M. Moses Michel, Co Founder of The Loop Lab, is committed to providing underrepresented youth with opportunities to display their creative storytelling using technology. Moses believes in the power of community building and advocacy.