Charge 2016

Charge 2016

Art League Houston

Carrie Schneider, Charge Table, 2015. Digital collage, dimensions variable.
December 13, 2015
Charge 2016

January 8–10, 2016

Art League Houston
1953 Montrose Blvd.
Houston TX 77006     

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Charge 2016 is a three-day convening presented by Art League Houston to 1. platform artist-led alternative models of sustainability, 2. advocate for equitable compensation for artists, and 3. consider artists’ work in the larger economy.

Charge commissions local and national presenters (artists, curators, organizers, researchers and educators) to conceive and host discussions, direct actions, lectures and workshops that explore alternative conceptual, organizational and economic models of sustaining one’s art practice, engaging critically and generatively within the arts ecosystem and broader social contexts, and advocating for equitable compensation along the way.

Charge 2016 will focus on supporting, celebrating and hearing real talk from those who’ve been:

–Intervening in their cities as citizens, artists and organizers
–Piloting alternative models
–Experimenting imaginatively with how to sustain an art practice
–Intersecting arts and activist communities
–Inspiring the present via historic precedents
–Advancing practices of equitable compensation
–Reflecting how artists’ work ties into the larger economy

Even as our work is used to beautify a city, supplement an industry, provide content for an institution, or convey an idea that shifts our world, the voices of artists as primary producers, idea creators and cultural instigators are often excluded from the table.

Being artists, however, we’ve built our own table.

You are invited.


Project Row Houses Round 43: Small Business / Big Change curator’s tour
Ryan Dennis (Project Row Houses)

Art and Activism in the 1960’s and Beyond
Linda Shearer (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum/Artists Space/Museum of Modern Art)

Everything I Make Comes Back Home to Live with Me
Caroline Woolard (OurGoods/Trade School/BFAMFAPhD/NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative)

Gauging the Grey Area Spectrogram
Nicole Burisch (Ladies Invitational Deadbeat Society), Taraneh Fazeli (Pedagogy Group/Canaries)
Advisors: Helena Keefe and Lauren Van Haaften-Schick

“No” is Free
Stephanie Saint Sanchez (La Chicana Laundry Pictures/Senorita Cinema), Koomah (Queerlesque/Gendermyn)

Martha Ojeda (Fe y Justicia Workers Center)

This Thing We Do: Houston DJ Culture
Jason Woods (Flash Gordon Parks)

No Justice, No Service! Adjuncts Unite
Jessica Lawless (Adjunct Action/SEIU Faculty Forward), Cassie Thornton (Strike Debt Bay Area)
(No Justice No Service: Bay Area Art & Education Justice Festival)

Supporting Artists and Communities Where They Live
Hatuey Ramos-Fermín (The Laundromat Project)

Job Performance
Boby Kalloor (Realtor/Jenner House), Maurice Duhon (Realtor/Cornbreadd)

The Game of Art
Philip Pyle II (artist), Leah Binkovitz (journalist)

Laugh Yoga
Tony Day (artist)

On Art Thinking
Kenneth Bailey (Design Studio for Social Intervention)

Lise Solskolne (W.A.G.E.)

Made of Star Stuff: Femme Rummy
Autumn Knight (artist), Monica Villarreal (Creative Women Unite)

Deal or No Deal
Alison Gerber (Department of Social and Economic Geography Uppsala University)

Art Work: reading & discussion series
Rachel Vogel (Suplex), Cindy Peña

The 10 USD registration fee for Charge 2016 will fund Charge grant. All Charge 2016 participants will be invited to submit proposals for Charge grant following the event. The grantee will be selected via online voting open to all charge participants.

Interested in making a donation to support the Charge program? Click here.     

Charge 2016 is co-organized by Jennie Ash and Carrie Schneider and presented by Art League Houston

Charge is inspired by Valuing Labor in the Arts: A Practicum organized by Helena Keeffe and Shannon Jackson at The Arts Research Center (ARC) at UC Berkeley.

The first iteration of Charge took place in November 2014.

Community Partner: Project Row Houses; Media Sponsor: Glasstire; Hotel Sponsor: Hotel ZaZa

Charge 2016 is funded by a City’s Initiative Program Grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, an Arts Respond Project Grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and individual contributions from Lavar Munroe and Letitia Huckaby.

Interested in making a donation to support the Charge program? Click here.

For more information contact:
Jennie Ash, T +713 523 9530 / [email protected]



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