My mission as an is to produce integrated educational and cultural experiences in public space. I learned how to plan, manage, market and produce cultural projects and events through the need to sustain my own artistic practice. My strengths lie in my ability to navigate various contexts and characters to develop sustainable partnerships, as that can strengthen the overall mission of amplifying outreach and accessibility of educational and cultural engagement. Through my resourcefulness, openness to work with others, and diligent work ethic, I strive to contribute to integrating communities through public art thus advancing my conceptual and strategic approaches in my career as an artist, educator and cultural producer.

PUBLIC ART Under Non-Profit Organization

FALLOW GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE 2015-2016-  Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Fallow Grounds for Sculpture promotes innovative ideas for repurposing of abandoned properties in Spring Garden and East Deutschtown neighborhoods of Pittsburgh's Northside. An annual program running from April-August, Fallow Grounds commissions one artist per month to develop a month long community engaged public artwork as well as presented a public program (workshop, lecture or public performance arranged with local Northside community organizations, regional partnering organizations and neighborhood individuals.

From 2014-2016, I developed the program from the ground up managed five multifaceted artist projects, raised funds for two years of programming to facilitate innovative works of public art with varying approaches to instigating community and the potentials of space. I also organized a final season celebration, public art tours and presentations on re-use for various public events across the city.

In partnership with: Community Alliance of Spring Garden East Deutschtown, City View Community Center (church and Girlfriends Youth Support Group), Northview Heights Family Support Center, Project Destiny, Girlfriends Youth Support Group, Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, TechShop Pittsburgh, Allegheny CleanWays, Construction JunctionIron Workers Local Union No. 3. Cement Mason's Local 526.  More info: http://neukirche.org/fallow-grounds 

NEU CITY @ FOOD CITY URBAN GARDEN 2015- Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Pittsburgh, PA

While at Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center I worked in collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s Food City community garden to establish Neu City, an annual public art initiative in the Food City Urban Garden. The permaculture forest garden that is a quarter of an acre (10,821 square feet) located on six lots on the bottom of Spring Garden’s sloping Hill.  NEU CITY offered five local Pittsburgh artist to create interactive and educational public artworks in the garden from April- August 2015, alongside hands-on workshops, presentations, and community events

I developed the public art program portion from the ground up managed five multifaceted, community engaged artist projects, raised funds for one season of programming to activate community stewardship. I have continued to help cultivate the ground at Food City with Deutschtown residents and coordinated youth camps age K-12, volunteer workshops and festivities in the garden in collaboration with City View Community Center.

In partnership with: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh,  Pittsburgh Center for Creative ReuseTechShop PittsburghConstruction Junction, Standard Ceramic Supply, Union ProjectCommunity Alliance of Spring Garden East DeutschtownCity View Community Center

EDUCATION UNDER NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

NEU GIRLS ARTS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM-  2015-2016-  Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Pittsburgh, PA

NEU GIRLS Arts Fellows After School Program for Pittsburgh Northside girls 8-13 beginning Fall 2015. The 10 month program provides a multidisciplinary platform for girls to build technical skills and explore creative processes in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Throughout the program the girls have confronted fears of failure together by building their confidence to express themselves as we instill that there are no mistakes in art, only possibilities for transformation through process.  The generative curriculum draws on the processes of photography, printmaking, zine making, and exhibition design with the mentoring support of fourteen professional teaching artists. These professionals impart technical skills, introduce the girls to new conceptual ideas, and empower them to express themselves through conventional and innovative art-making processes.   The program is facilitated in partnership with Artist Image Resource, an artist-run Northside nonprofit printmaking studio. Participants will build technical skills through creative projects designed to bolster self-efficacies, turning barriers into opportunities for sustained personal development.

I developed the entire curriculum for the Neu Girls Arts Enrichment program, curating over 18 local artists and built relationships with local organizations to create an education web intersecting real life connections of for youth to understand the importance and impact of the visual arts. NEU GIRLS uses active learning strategies to enhance academic achievement and promote the development of important creative-based learning skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. 

This project is supported in part by the Hive Fund for Connected Learning at The Sprout Fund.

WOMEN WRITERS OF NORTHVIEW HEIGHTS

Hudson Rush, Lead/Artist/Social Worker, Oreen Cohen, Co-collaborator-Program outreach

The Women Writers of Northview Heights is a creative writing collective meeting weekly at the Northview Heights Family Support Center. The women continue to produce poetry and stories regarding life, love, loss, family and the future through prompts from all artistic mediums, including drawing, painting, collage and photography. Along with readings throughout 2016, it is the group's hope to produce chapbooks and audio CDs of writings from these distinct and inspirational voices. 

Please check back to the what's happening page for times and dates of readings. This powerhouse group is not to be missedPRESS RELEASE

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING

Contracted or volunteer community programming servicing local Pittsburgh schools, community centers and most specifically my Northside neighbors for all humans and all ages. Programs, camps and workshops are always hands-on, tactical adventures in a vast variety of art materials and themes. 

Programming has been held at City View Community Center, Sewickly Academy (Art Can Travel Program), Assemble (M3: Metal), South Arts in Bethel Park and many more. 

PRIVATE ART TEACHING

Consistently, since 2012, I have been working as a private art teacher for youth age 10-14.  Together, we work closely to design a lesson plan that fits the youth's interests builds upon  experimenting with various traditional mediums and processes in graphite drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and collage and photography. Sessions are held weekly for 2-3 hour periods over the course of four to six months. Over this period, these young minds created portfolios that show a depth of understanding the world around them, discovering their strengths and building confidence through art making.

All of the youth I have worked with have applied to CAPA, a Pittsburgh Arts Magnet school and have all been accepted for middle school attendance.
Please contact me to set up an initial meeting with your child! oreen.cohen@gmail.com. References available upon request.

Collaborative Projects
 

HEMISPHERIC CONVERSATIONS URBAN ART PROJECT (HCUAP) 2016-2017 
Collaborators- Caitlin Bruce PhD., Shane Pilster in partnership with Rivers of Steel Arts and University of Pittsburgh, Oreen Cohen, Public Artist/Educator

Hemispheric Conversations: Urban Art Program (HCUAP) is an education and art program organized by Caitlin Bruce, Oreen Cohen, and Shane Pilster in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and Rivers of Steel Arts. This program seeks to create platforms for conversation and education about aerosol art production, and to explore aesthetic and historical connections in the post-industrial cities of Pittsburgh, Chicago, and León Guanajuato Mexico.


 

Our Fall 2016 programming is focused on graffiti post industrial history and education. Our Spring 2017, we will be programming workshops for middle school and
high-school students focused on graffiti, social change, and hip hop culture,
offered in Pittsburgh schools across the region. 

For more detailed information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/HCUAP/

Thank you to our partners: Rivers of Steel; the American Studies Association; Provost's Year of Diversity Initiative; Department of Communication; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program; Cultural Studies Program; History of Art and Architecture Department; William Pitt Debate Union; Center for Latin American Studies; Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh.

RECYCLE RIGHT Public Art Commission 2016
In collaboration with Samantha Weaver, PULSE and Allegheny Cleanways and Mary Kate Renii, Pennsylvania Resources Council

The eight-foot-tall recycling symbol -- created from rebar, chicken wire and recyclable litter gathered in public spaces -- serves as the newest element of the PA Resources Council's “Northside Keeps it Clean" campaign to fight litter and increase recycling rates.

Follow and tag RECYCLE RIGHT (@recyclerightpgh) on social media and use #NorthsideKeepsItClean to enter.

The Recycle Right art installation is part of Allegheny CleanWays and PRC’s larger “Northside Keeps it Clean” campaign to fight litter and increase recycling in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhoods. This campaign, funded through Buhl Foundation’s One Northside Campaign, also featured illegal dumpsite cleanups, residential recycling bin provision, in-school educational programs, and litter cleanup support. This project was funded through the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) as part of their work to cultivate young leaders to transform Pittsburgh and materials were generously donated by the East Liberty Home Depot.

http://prc.org/recycleright-debut/
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2016/08/15/Diana-Nelson-Jones-Walkabout-Recycling-sculpture-drives-home-a-message/stories/201608150007

INDEPENDENT CURATION

INDUSTRY ARTIST LECTURE SERIES- 2016-2017 TECHSHOP, PITTSBURGH, PA

TechShop Pittsburgh presents Industry Artist Lecture Series 2016/2017 featuring a robust lineup of fourteen local national and internationally exhibiting Pittsburgh artists. 
Presenting artists will share a range motives and processes from digital media, installation art, painting, robotics and performance. This is an opportunity open to the public to discover parallels and expansions of concepts within the arts and making. Lectures run 6:30-8:30pm on the 3rd Monday of every month, starting June 2016- June 2017. Free and Open to the Public.

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LIVE ARCHIVE 2013
In partnership with Carnegie Mellon University School of Art and School of the Art Institute Chicago
PRESS RELEASE LINK

LIVE ARCHIVE is a collaborative exhibition between Carnegie Mellon University and School of the Art Institute Chicago features 19 MFA students, and is the first of its kind to create connections between emerging artists working in both Pittsburgh and Chicago. Artist practices range from art and technology, performance, social practice, and installation, to kinetic and bio art.

As co-collaborator in administration, development and curation, myself and Carl Bajandas (MFA, CMU 2014) found a vacant property to hold this large scale exhibition, coordinated an artist meet up in Cleveland and raised funds to support the artist's production of work for the final exhibition. 

 

It is not often that students form two accomplished MFA programs have the opportunity to interact for extended periods of time. To begin this project, we wanted to meet on equal footing, in a venue which is outside of our respective cities for a week long intensive. From January 6-9th, both schools came together for an intensive think tank in Cleveland, Ohio.  During this event we presented our work at the Cleveland Sculpture Center with special guest Cleveland Museum of Art’s Assistant curator Reto Thuring. After the talks we had a fast-paced round robin session in which everyone proposed a collaborative piece with each other, this event created strong working relationships between artists in Pittsburgh and Chicago and facilitated discussion between students from both CMU (7 students) and SAIC (10).

From the artist participants:

"This collaboration encourages us to create long-term connections with peer art practitioners, galleries, and event organizers throughout the region, generating a larger conversation about the emergence of interdisciplinary art. We hope this model of working together can affect the way ideas and art are generated, shared, and experienced across an academic and social spectrum." -Carl Bajandas, CMU 2014

“Strengthening the ties between our cities through face to face interaction not only expands the shared networks of every artist involved, but also strengthens the ties between our cities. This opportunity will ultimately serve as a segway out of the academic system by creating ties with artists, curators, and galleries in both Pittsburgh and Chicago; which will culminate in shows to be held in both cities.”- Joshua Patterson SAIC 2013