Student Interview

Hi. I’m Monica, and I’m the TA for Allison’s class The Artist in the City. The class is designed to teach students how to make community based arts performance by having them engage with the sewage plant workers in the surrounding town, Middletown, and to eventually present a collaborative performance at the end of the year at…

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Going into the process, the students weren’t sure what they were getting themselves into. They knew that Allison was an inspiring person, and were excited to learn from her, but also had no experience with community art, and so went into the process very uncertain. Julian says, “It’s like that feeling when you go to…

Front Page Above the Fold!

Check out today’s front page article in the Middletown Press about Artist in the City and our class projects with Water & Sewer employees. Beautiful photos by student Julian Johnson.

Talking Water & Sewer!

Nice write up on the Wesleyan blog about Artist in the City and the students presenting projects with Middletown’s Water & Sewer Employees. Getting excited about the big show coming up Saturday for the Feet to the Fire Riverfront Encounter!

Fieldwork Photographs

These are photographs I’ve taken during the fieldwork process at three different plants in Middletown. While the guys show me around the place they’ve been working for years, I have the privilege of looking at their world with fresh eyes.

Thank you Marty!

A special shout out to Marty Pottenger for visiting class this week and giving us even more reasons to remember why LISTENING is our main job as artists. My 3 highlights (apart from meeting Marty’s dog Bezu) Ask for what people can say YES to. There is art in getting to the yes. There is also…

Reflecting on BUILD

  It’s been 2 weeks since five amazing Wesleyan Physical Plant employees took the stage in the middle of the student center to perform BUILD, a dance performance that they and I worked all semester to create. The performers, plumbing foreman Dean Canalia, HVAC foreman Tom Macri, carpenters Paul Martin and Tim Rogers, and painter…

Interviewing advice

Conducting interviews are a standard part of my work. I do them all of the time. I love interviewing people, and I use interviews as a way to get to know people and build trust. There are lots of places interviews have gone, and I have been told so many incredible stories (and lots of things…

Advice to students in moving towards making

Some advice for my students right now as they move towards making Start informally interviewing people during your fieldwork now. Next week we will look at techniques for doing a good interview, but right now ask open ended questions and listen with curiosity and interest. “Tell me how you got started here…what do you love about…