BCCTV Provides Video Workshops at Bud Clark Commons


PNCA faculty, students, and staff offer workshops to those experiencing homelessness

On Monday, June 10 at 7pm, a program of short video works will be shown on the big screen at the Hollywood Theater. Included in the program are personal documentary, live action horror, comedic sketches, fictional dramas, and a variety of animated shorts.. What they have in common is that they were all created by Portlanders who are now or who have experienced homelessness.

For a year now, a group of artists and designers, most of whom are affiliated with PNCA, have been in residence at the Bud Clark Commons, a center which serves people experiencing homelessness. It’s located just across Broadway from the future home of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Every Saturday, these artist led workshops for clients at the Commons to teach them to make, edit, and share videos. The project was called BCCTV.

As the Saturday workshops and meetings progressed, five dedicated participants developed more elaborate works. David Boston, Sumaiyya Evans, Eugene Olson, John Pinney, Russell Waggener, conceived and produced individual works and others with the entire BCCTV group. These will be screened at BCCTV ON THE BIG SCREEN, Monday, June 10 at 7pm at the Hollywood Theater. Admission is free.

This unusual artist residency was funded by The City of Portland Percent for Art Program through the Regional Arts and Culture Council. BCCTV’s artists in residence included Carl Diehl, Ariana Jacob, Joan Lundell, Mack McFarland, and Jeffrey Richardson. Diehl teaches in PNCA’s Video and Sound program. McFarland is the curator of PNCA’s Philip Feldman Gallery and Project Space. Lundell received her MFA in Collaborative Design from PNCA. Ariana Jacobson and Jeffrey Richardson are social practice artist and filmmaker, respectively. Diehl, McFarland, and Richardson are members of the performance video collective Weird Fiction.

Two of the clients who participated in BCCTV have received scholarships to an accredited film school and another received permanent housing. And the program may continue. Carmen Denison is a student in PNCA’s MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research program. She has an internship with Transition Projects, one of the two organizations working out of Bud Clark Commons. And one aspect of her work at the Commons may be recruiting other PNCA students to both teach workshops and provide open hours to make equipment and editing software available.

— Posted on 05/29 at 08:11 AM

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