56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn
NURTUREart is pleased to present an interactive public discussion led by Museum of Impact’s Janelle Naomi and artist Melissa Sclafani in conjunction with her exhibition Crowd Control. Join us at NURTUREart on Friday, November 9, 7–9pm to take action against how governments and institutions control bodies.
Melissa Sclafani (b. 1987, Long Island, NY). She received her BFA in sculpture from SUNY New Paltz in 2009 and her MFA in Sculpture and Post-Studio Practices from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2018. Sclafani uses her background in traditional sculpture techniques, journalism and gender studies to generate a relationship between labor intensive process, interaction, and social constructions. She has participated in residencies and exhibitions across the country including Wayfarers in Brooklyn, NY; Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, MN; Salem Art Works in Salem, NY; The Contemporary Artist Center in Troy, NY; and Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO. She has received an emergency grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to produce artworks featured in Crowd Control. melissasclafani.com
Museum of Impact (MOI) is the first mobile social justice museum, inspiring action at the intersection of art, activism, self and society. Founded by an educator during the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, Museum of Impact partners with local communities, universities and all types of institutions to produce programs, pop ups, exhibits and interactive experiences that celebrates our shared humanity. We offer a culturally conscious space to encounter ideas, contemplate solutions, and inspire all to Hear, Care, Act!
Museum of Impact travels the country creatively activating spaces, fusing conscious content, art and history to inspire action and build power. As a grassroots, progressive museum, we create pop up experiential voyages into the heart of social movements; encouraging visitors participate and leave their own mark, as they transform from bystanders to Upstanders. MOI is chronicling movements of the people, with visitorship of 9,000+, spanning 30 pop up exhibits and workshops at renowned institutions of all sizes like Portland Art Museum, The New School, Brooklyn Museum, The High Line, Columbia University Teachers College and SXSW Edu. We amplify social justice and help everyday people adopt ideas for instigating change.
Winners of a 2016 Fractured Atlas, Arts entrepreneurship award and subject of a talk, MOI has produced workshops, TedXtrainings and events around the country, including signature exhibits #MovementIsRising and #UpstanderFest. Through our content, partners, and outreach, the Museum of Impact seeks to create a more just, connected, and compassionate society.