Art That Engages

Aug 26, 2011 1 Comment by

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts presents a collage story on Laura Moulton’s Street Books produced by Tali Singer. Later, she revisits socially engaging art with Jen Delos Reyes & Harrell Fletcher of the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University. Producer Macon Reed gives us a  tour of Portland’s social practice art scene.

Social practice is a non-traditional art form that’s all about engaging the public. But it’s more than just street theatre. Social practice art can use just about any medium, as long as it’s interactive and gives people a chance to be a part of the art.

Roy, a Street Books Patron

One artist who embodies those principles is Laura Moulton. This summer, she created Street Books, which she describes as a “bicycle-powered mobile library for people living outside.” Producer Tali Singer spent a coule weeks recording sounds and interviews of Street Books in action. Learn more at the Street Books website, where Moulton posts regular updates on her patrons. You can also make a donation, or keep up with the latest Street Book news.

Harrell Fletcher, Macon Reed, Jen Delos Reyes

Social practice art has been around for a couple of decades, but it has recently experienced a huge surge on the West Coast, especially in San Francisco where a social practice program was established at California College of the Arts. Portland also has an  art and social practice MFA program of its own at Portland State University, established in 2007. We’ll hear from Jen Delos Reyes and Harrell Fletcher, both professors for the program.

Throughout the show, producer Macon Reed will bring us the sounds of social practice. We’ll hear from singing food vendors and social practice students. And we’ll learn about the Portland Stock Dinner, a unique way Portland artists are getting funded.

Featured music composed by Todd Barton, resident composer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Find out more about his music at

Tali Singer has worked as an intern with Dmae Roberts since 2008. She’s now a senior at Brandeis University where she’s majoring in linguistics. After graduating, she plans to pursue a career in public radio.

Tali Singer and Jason Breedlove

This edition of Stage & Studio is Pushing Boundaries special made possible with funding from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Pushing Boundaries is a year-long series that explores artists and arts groups pushing physical, emotional and artistic boundaries in their work.

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And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

Literary Arts, Media Arts, Multi-Discipline, Performing Arts, Pushing Boundaries, Visual Arts

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  1. Laura Moulton’s Street Books says:

    […] Producer Tali Singer takes us to Street Books with an audio collage.  You can hear the whole Stage & Studio show here. […]