As part of Open Engagement 2013, PICA will host the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA program for a Resource Room Residency. Over the course of their time in the RR, they will highlight and activate the library space and collection, using varied approaches to socially engaged art making, and introducing new publics to the wealth of unique resources housed at PICA. This activity may take the form of social groups and clubs, staff picks, public screenings and talks, and possibly even rooftop sunbathing. In addition, programming connected to the annual Open Engagement conference in May will be sited at PICA, highlighting the current dialogue around art and social practice.

About Open Engagement
Open Engagement is an international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making. The Open Engagement conference is an initiative of Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA concentration. Directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes and planned in conjunction with the Art and Social Practice students, this year’s conference features keynote presenters Claire Doherty, Tom Finkelpearl, and Michael Rakowitz.

About the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA Program
PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA program was founded in 2007. The Program combines individual research, group work, and experiential learning in order to train artists to make meaningful work, and to collaborate effectively with people, organizations and institutions. Portland State University emphasizes civic engagement and pursuing research that serves the community and the Art and Social Practice MFA program energetically supports that mission. Our community is our classroom.