This Saturday from 6PM to midnight at the Portland Art Museum is Shine a Light: A Night at the Museum. The event consists of six hours of performances, installations, tours, workshops, and games inside the museum, hosted by 15 artists from Portland State University’s MFA, Art and Social Practice program, led by Harrell Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes. The projects are centered on artist and audience participation and visitors are encouraged to experience the Museum’s spaces and collections in new ways.
The Art and Social Practice MFA program encourages students to develop and utilize their artistic skills to engage in society. Social practice might appear to be more like sociology, anthropology, social work, journalism, or environmentalism than art, yet it retains the intention of creating significance and appreciation for audiences in a similar way to more conventional art. Students learn about a variety of working artists and non-artists who have engaged in civic activity, and apply their knowledge and abilities to initiate, develop, and complete projects with the public—individuals, groups, and institutions.