B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), and Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, will combine art, science and social practice to demonstrate how to enhance practices and possibilities for sustainability through socially engaged art and education.
During the fall term, Carpenter will provide new perspectives on issues of access, privilege and the global water crisis through a series of seminars, performances and workshops. The series, entitled Intentional Public Disruptions: Art, Responsibility and Pedagogy, will provide an opportunity for students, faculty and the MIT community to work with Carpenter and learn about his work and approach to socially engaged art and education.
Presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
B. Stephen Carpenter II
On Friday November 11, 2016, members of Potters Water Action Group and Reservoir Studio visited New Castle High School (New Castle, PA) to conduct a water filter presentation and demonstration. Art teacher Raquel Flora and PWAG member/art teacher Cynthia Blackwell coordinated the event.
The presentation took place in the auditorium supported by slides and a display which included a water filter, ceramic receptacle, books, and a portable water filter press. The water filter production demonstration took place in the art room after the presentation. The art room was filled to capacity. We produced a water filter from scratch with cooperation from students.
PWAG and Reservoir Studio appreciate the administration, teachers, and students at New Castle High School. We extend special thanks to Ms. Flora for her hard work organizing and coordinating the visit. We are proud to include this wonderful school as a K12 Curriculum Partner in “the war against waterborne disease,” our water filter curriculum project and the African Diaspora Water Crisis Curriculum Project.
In response to an invitation by Ross Schlemmer, faculty member in art education at Edinboro University, Steve Carpenter met with art education students and performed a Collaborative Creative Resistance water filter workshop on February 27 and 28. Carpenter spoke with art education students on Thursday in coordination with a field practicum course focused on community art education.
The workshop took place at the Startup Incubator on Friday. Richard Wukich, executive director of Potter’s Water Action Group joined Steve for the workshop. Carpenter presented a slide presentation to contextualize his own artwork and the Reservoir Studio water filter project followed by a press mold water filter production workshop. Wukich presented an overview of his recent work with the potters at Atamora Pottery in Osun State, Nigeria and provided the filter press from the Braddock Pot Shop.
Below is a selection of photographs from the event.
Steve selfie with Ross photo bomb
Edniboro students making mini water filters
- Edinboro students making mini filters
Richard Wukich talking to participants
- Ross Schlemmer holding the first water filter produced at Edinboro University