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Public Art Training Camp – Working Relationships: Artists & Organizations

October 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

$10 – $15
Working Relationship: Artists and Organizations

How can artists and organizations establish strong working relationships to improve collaborative work? Artist Edith Abeyta will be in conversation with filmmaker Tony Buba and Judy Barricella. Buba and Barricella worked together as a team on the film Small Differences, a film project commissioned by the City of Pittsburgh – Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities, and on Voices of Our Region, an oral history project featuring 57 first-person stories from Western Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. Buba collaborated with Barricella, then chair of the task force, to create the works. The conversation, moderated by Abeyta, will review their process for communication strategies, conflict resolution, and developing project flow when artists and organizations are engaged in large-scale creative work.

About Edith Abeyta

Edith Abeyta is a visual artist living in North Braddock, Pennsylvania. She combines post-consumer goods, particularly clothing, and participatory gestures to form temporary installations and sculptures that explore collectivity, labor, and exchange. She frequently collaborates with other visual artists, poets, scholars, and the public.

Abeyta’s other residencies include the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, the University of Burapha, Thailand, Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, and Windward School, Los Angeles. She was awarded a fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research in 2007. She has received public art commissions from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Her work has been exhibited at the Lakenhal Museum Lieden, the Netherlands, Burapha University Gallery, Thailand, Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.

About Judy Barricella

Judy Barricella was the Director of the Disability Connection in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. In this position, Ms. Barricella has been able to bring a keen awareness of the needs of individuals with disabilities in the County who do not fit into traditional funding streams either because of disability type or age. She was able to secure funding in 2006 through the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform to meet some of those needs. Through the Aging and Disability Resource Center (Allegheny Link) a one stop shop has been created for persons seeking services and access to benefits.

Ms. Barricella, a native of Pittsburgh, attended the University of Pittsburgh for her undergraduate degree and received her Master’s degree at the University of South Florida. She continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences as a NIDRR Fellow and then a UCLID Fellow.

In 1980 as the founding director of the Center for Independent Living she was able to expand her advocacy work to include issues that are important for adults as well as children.

She has been active as a member of numerous boards and committees locally, statewide and nationally. Judy Barricella has been a role model for the disability community for decades, inspiring those who wish to live in a community where people of all abilities can live, work, and socialize.

About Tony Buba

Tony Buba has been producing documentaries since 1972 in both long and short formats. Since getting his M.F.A from Ohio University in 1976, Tony has worked on several feature films, including George Romero’s Martin and Dawn of the Dead.

In addition to his behind-the-scenes roles, Tony has appeared onscreen as well. In Dawn of the Dead, he is a featured motorcycle raider who gets his arm torn off at a blood pressure machine. He also has a cameo in the Sundance hit, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Tony incorporated Braddock Films in 1992, and beyond producing personal work, has been involved in creating award-winning documentaries in the Pittsburgh area. His films have been screened at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and other major international film festivals. He has had one-person exhibitions at more than 100 universities and museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Carnegie Museum of Art. Tony and Braddock Films have also been featured on NPR. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, AFI, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.


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October 14, 2021
4:00 pm–5:30 pm
$10 – $15
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