7 Kinds of Collaboration

The underlying values of community cultural development are humane, fluid and relational: they are grounded in the convictions that participation is better than isolation, that pluralism makes more sense as a positive value than as a problem statement, and that equity is an essential goal of meaningful democracy.”

-Arlene Goldbard in New Creative Community

Artists collaborate for all kinds of reasons and collaborations can take myriad different forms, each with its own risks, benefits and unknown possibilities. How do we decide what type of collaboration best serves our work? Or, how do we decide what type of work best suits our collaboration? We collaborate because we believe there is something to be gained from working beyond the confines of our own bones, brains or studio, augmenting our talents or enriching our process, and maybe even putting into practice what we believe about art, justice, imagination or humanity. Artistic collaborations offer opportunities for us to walk our talk and challenge us to examine questions about ethics, authorship, ownership, leadership, power, compromise and accountability.

In this workshop we investigate seven different kinds of collaborative relationships, looking at examples and discussing the various perks and risks attached to each form. Then participants will form groups and engage in a collaborative, hands-on art-making experiment guided by a bag of materials, a common question and their chosen mode of collaboration. Each group presents their creations (whether a performance, a product or a process) and we wrap up with reflection and analysis.

Printed materials and materials provided.
Great for high school age and upward.