Transformazium is an arts-based collaboration with a focus on creative communication, local resource exchange, enacting radical models of education, and incorporating art making and critical art dialogue with a meaningful acknowledgement of the roles that art plays in a neighborhood and the ways that it intersects with social and economic stratification in the places we live. Transformazium members moved from New York City to North Braddock and Braddock, PA in 2007 with the hope that the ideals and principles of action that we were and are passionate about would have more room to grow in a neighborhood setting with a different scale of space and economy. For the past three years we have partnered with the Braddock Carnegie Library to reactivate the under utilized spaces of the library building with limited financial resources and creative arts programming.
The Neighborhood Print Shop located in the Braddock Carnegie Library is a teaching and learning studio that offers a range of design and print resources for individuals and organizations of all levels of screen-printing experience. Education programs in the print shop emphasize visual literacy, the power of self-representation and active communication, and creative models of entrepreneurship.
The Artists in the Library series presents the work of local and regional artists in the main library space with a public reception each month.
The Resident Artist in Residence program invites a local person who may or may not self identify as an artist to utilize the resources of the library to produce a body of work. The Homecoming Residency invites an artist currently living in an art center such as NYC or LA who has had to leave the place that they are from in order to pursue an art career to return to a neighborhood setting and create work in response to a locality separate from the art market.
Art is a field created by multiple voices and perspectives. Making art and talking about art can change the ways that we see the world, the ways we see ourselves in it, and the ways that the world sees us. By opening new avenues for active and engaged communication, self-representation and dialogue, art can be a social, political and economic agent of change.
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Transformazium is Ruthie Stringer, Leslie Stem, Dana Bishop-Root and Caledonia Curry (not pictured).