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Relational Athletics: A Workshop on Critique as Support

September 30 2020

When 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art

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This workshop for CIA students led by visiting artist, Jeff Kasper, features interactive, guided activities that explore parallel practices for the creative process grounded in trauma informed culture. Topics include: skill building for self-advocacy and accountability, peer-to-peer support, critique, and navigating interpersonal conflict in arts collaborations.

This workshop honors personal experiences in an empathic, confidential, and low-pressure format. You are welcome to sign-up with a friend or classmate. Group dialogue and activities are encouraged but entirely optional. Participate in any way that works for you.

Registration is limited, so please secure your place in advance using your CIA student email. Zoom registration link here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the Artist:

Jeff Kasper is a social practice artist, design researcher, writer, and educator studying queer wellbeing and relational access. Kasper’s current work is deeply informed by over a decade of arts organizing with various cultural institutions, social planning organizations, collectives, and both formal and informal spaces of learning. He designs pathways for a trauma-informed culture shift, prototyping conflict transformation and peer support mechanisms through objects, tools, and workshops. His explorations work towards relationships that reduce harm and maximize the creative potential of artistry and love. He lives in Northampton MA and is Assistant Professor of Integrated Design at University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work is currently on view in the Reinberger Gallery in part of the exhibition TITLE TBD, open through October 4, 2020.

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