Project Curate provides a class of local high school students from Juan Morel Campos School an opportunity to experience contemporary curatorial practices by working closely with a professional curator for the entire school year, culminating with an exhibition at NURTUREart Gallery. The 2016-2017 Project Curate team is lead by PJ Gubatina Policarpio, in partnership with classroom teacher Laura Pawson.
This collaborative process includes lessons in art history, contemporary art, conceptualizing a theme, selecting artwork, writing a curatorial statement, art handling, exhibition design and installation, writing a press release, event promotion, and hosting a public reception. Throughout this process, students meet with professionals in different facets of the arts while visiting museums, galleries, and artist studios, connecting with the thriving arts community in their own neighborhood. More importantly, Project Curate gives the students a critical voice and professional work experience, promoting leadership, responsibility, and confidence. The culminating exhibition will feature emerging artists and be on view at Nurture Art in May 2017.
PJ Gubatina Policarpio is a community arts organizer: a socially-engaged artist, curator, programmer, writer, and educator. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, archive, collaboration, curatorial, education and public engagement as both art and tool. He has organized exhibitions and programming in various spaces across New York City.