Persist: Visual Protest Culture + Activist Artwork

Monday, July 19th - Thursday, July 22nd
Application Deadline: June 22nd

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The Program: 
Persist: Visual Protest Culture + Activist Artwork is a virtual studio art course that honors, analyzes, and engages with artwork and visual demonstrations created by protest movements within the United States of America.

Participants of this course (students ages 15-18) will be provided with a daily presentation on behalf of the instructor to provide historical and contemporary visual examples. Movements will include, but are not limited to: ACT UP Aids Coalition, Art Workers’ Coalition (AWC), Guerrilla Girls, Craftivism, #NoDAPL: The Dakota Access Pipeline Protests, and Black Lives Matter.

Participants will be guided through discussions and reflections based on the daily presentations. Reflections will be recorded in a notebook that utilizes the creative style of the commonplace journal.

Studio projects will include ten protest buttons and a large-scale protest poster that can be displayed in a yard or window. Project demonstrations + instructions, discussions, reflections, and project shares will be conducted on Zoom and Canvas.

Rïse Peacock is an artist, educator, and independent curator based in the Southern Tier of western New York State. She received an MFA in glass and ceramics from the Tyler School of Art + Architecture (Philadelphia, PA) and a BFA from Alfred University (Alfred, NY) focused on glass + sculpture and a minor in Art History.

Upon the completion of her graduate thesis research, she was awarded the Laurie Wagman Glass Scholarship. She was the recipient of the Visionary Scholarship from the Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass.

Rïse is interested in the intersection of sculpture, craft-based materials, and the relationship between proprioception and identity.

Currently, Rise is an adjunct professor and Assistant Technician of Glass at Alfred University. She is also completing the 2021 Curatorial Fellowship with the Stay Home Gallery and Residency.

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Rïse Peacock.

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Each day will be quartered into four sections. Class will be held on both Zoom and Canvas.

Section 1
Introduction + Today’s Agenda (10 minutes)
Questions + Concerns (10 minutes)
Daily Presentation 1 (40 minutes)
Break (10 minutes)

Section 2
Discussion Warmup (10 minutes)
Group Discussion based on Daily Presentation (40 minutes)
Break (10 minutes)

Section 3
Reflection Prompt (10 minutes)
Common Place Journal Entry / Group Make (40 minutes)
Group Share (10 minutes)
Lunch (30 minutes)

Section 4
Daily Presentation 2 / Homework Group Share (20 minutes)
Canvas Overview / Homework (10 minutes)
Group Make / Start Homework (30 minutes)
Office Hours / Individual Meetings (20 minutes) *participants can sign up to meet with instructor individually to ask questions or get project tips*

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.