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Pacific Northwest College of Art  Online Magazine  Portland, OR

Multimedia — Apr 09, 2012

2012 Edelman Lecture: Joanna Berton Martinez

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Performance artist Joanna Berton Martinez gives the 2012 Edelman Lecture, entitled: “Made in Form! Using self as canvas and stage.”

PNCA, in partnership with Cascade AIDS Project, welcomes artist and public health activist Joanna Berton Martinez (aka Teresa Dulce) for the 2012 Alfred Edelman Lecture. Martinez, who has for 20 years used art and performance in the service of activism, will deliver a talk entitled, “Made in Form! Using self as canvas and stage.” She focus on transforming self as the medium to execute art in public spaces.

About Joanna Berton Martinez
Martinez has been a health educator since the early 90s, ranging from hands-on and direct services to program management and policy work. Under the name Teresa Dulce, she was the director of Danzine for 10 years, a non-profit organization in Portland created by and for sex workers. The agency did needle exchange, threw art and film fundraisers, fought City Hall, and raised a little hell. Ms. Martinez wrote and directed GAG Rules, the live production and video on health*art*work*family in front of the Portland Mayor and City Council in 2004. Joanna documented her live art project, D*TOX in Washington, DC from 2006-2008, where she got her Masters in Public Health from George Washington University and was awarded a federal fellowship from SAMHSA and the Center of Substance Abuse Prevention. Martinez currently lives in Boston and is working on overdose prevention and disability rights.

About the Edelman Lecture
When the late Portland architect and photographer, Alfred Edelman, taught three-dimensional design at PNCA he challenged his students to consider the principles of engineering, kinetics, physics and other subjects seemingly dissimilar to art. In doing so he brought the outside world into his classroom. Founded by Carol Edelman, the Alfred Edelman Lecture was created to enhance the student’s understanding of the visual world by presenting timeless and/or unique ways to examine and manipulate three-dimensional space; and to be a catalyst for lively discussions in the classroom at PNCA.

About Cascade AIDS Project
Incorporated in 1985, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization serving Oregon and SW Washington. The agency works to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminated HIV/AIDS related stigma. Information about CAP including programs, annual reports, financials and more can be found at www.cascadeaids.org

2012 Edelman Lecture: Joanna Berton Martinez

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