Worldbuilding with Maggie Hazen & The Incarcerated Young Artists of the Columbia Collective

As artists, how can we help support and collaborate with the visions of those who have been forcibly rendered out of sight and those who have no access to the internet and other virtual tools to connect their visions to the outside world? Incarcerated teens at the New York State Brookwood Secure Center were asked to describe their visions for an imaginary future world—realistic, aspirational or fictional (sci-fi, utopian etc.) and to describe the environments, architectures, places, resources and people in them.

Following an introduction to the history of her work with New York State Juvenile Correctional Facilities by Tech Resident Alum Maggie Hazen, participants will collaborate with these visions by constructing visual proposals for these worlds. Proposals will incorporate digital platforms such as e-books, websites and virtual renderings and have the opportunity to be published.

Date: This in-person workshop will meet on Tuesday, 10/11 from 7-9pm  and virtually on Thursday October 13 from 7-9pm.

Audience: Open to all.

Price: Free

Materials: Supplies will be provided.

Maggie Hazen is a New York based visual artist from Los Angeles and has cultivated a diverse artistic practice which includes sculpture, video, collage and performance. She is a founder and member of the Columbia Collective where she co-authors projects with young incarcerated artists at the formerly titled Columbia Secure Center for Girls. Hazen’s work explores themes of resistance and healing in a cinematically real world of violence through complex images, videos, and sculptures that merge mythology, technology, and advocacy.

She has exhibited, screened and performed works at The Bronx Museum (New York), Pulse Miami Beach as part of Pulse Play (Miami), The Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles), Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Light Year on the Manhattan Bridge (Brooklyn),  The Granoff Center (Brown University), Performance Works Northwest (Portland), CICA Museum (South Korea), and The Boston Young Contemporaries (Boston); among others. She has had residencies and fellowships at Pioneer Works (New York); The Bronx Museum (New York), The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (China), The Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, European Graduate School (Switzerland), I:O at the Helikon Art Center (Turkey), Vermont Studio Center (Vermont) and The Pasadena Side Street Projects (California). She holds a BFA in sculpture from Biola University and an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at New York University, The Stevens Institute of Technology, The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and is currently a professor at Bard College in Studio Arts.

Currently, she is working to build the Juvenile Justice Arts & Media Network a501c3 arts and media production platform supporting decarceration, education and the creative freedom of incarcerated youth.

Classes at Pioneer Works are made possible by Sandeman Port.

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.