2016-2017 Transformational Impact Fellows (Pilot program)
Bryan Fonseca, a Creative Renewal Arts Fellow and nationally respected theatre professional, is inspired to work with Haughville, Hawthorn, Stringtown, and We Care. The four neighborhoods are devoid of any resident artistic company, performance space, or museum or gallery. For his fellowship, Fonseca will form a bilingual team to create a Mobile Cultural Center for creating and presenting theatre, dance, and visual arts programs in these communities. His community partners will include Haughville Library, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Westside Community Development Corporation, the Near West Collaborative, and many others. In doing so, Fonseca will use the arts as a way to affect social change through civic interaction. Fonseca is the founding director of Phoenix Theatre, and has already played a pivotal role in the transformation of Massachusetts Avenue through the arts, and he will now bring that experience to the Near Westside.
Greg Hull, a visual artist and also a Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, is well respected for creating experiential-based installations that incorporate light and video, and other technologies. For his fellowship, Hull will work with ALS patients in partnership with healthcare professionals at IU. These ALS patients will create visual imagery by being linked to microprocessors that will be projected inside the patient rooms and eventually on a larger scale in public areas of the hospital. These media arts creations will express the emotions of patients through the use of color, composition, motion, and form. Hull has described this as the opportunity to give “control back” to people who had “lost all control,” and to do it through the arts.
Transformational Impact Fellowship in the News
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