Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Jeff Kasper

Jeff Kasper is an artist and educator working in between design, media, and public pedagogy. He facilitate participatory experiences, creative curricula, publications, and conceptual social spaces that center support and wellbeing. His various public art projects and arts-based workshops engage with methods from peer-to-peer education and topics from environmental psychology. 

Over the years, his work has been dedicated to building cultures of support as an artist working in arts management, community health, and social planning. In addition to working directly with communities on creative projects, Kasper leads long- and short-term programs for artists, collectives, art students, universities, and organizations. He creates interactive projects from a healing-centered lens based in disability justice and trauma informed practice.

 

Available Arts Services & Programs

wrestling embrace
Artist-game facilitated prompts on caretaking and consent for pairs. Exercises include deep listening, role-play, contemplative arts.
[Sliding Scale or Artist Fee]

Relational Athletics
Workshop on conflict transformation, collaboration, and the creative process for arts organizations, university programs, teachers and students.
[Sliding Scale, Grant Funded, or Artist Fee]
Available for 3 hour to 3 day intensive workshops

Give & Take Care
Arts-based, peer-to-peer support events for anxiety, survivorhood, and depression through confidential social spaces and care circles, including: non-circulating library for queer and crip sexuality, trauma and disability studies; art-making, movement, and writing based exercises; rest spaces for destimulation and holistic mental health resources
[Sliding Scale, Grant Funded, Commission (permanent or temporary), or Artist Fee]
This service requires a host institution or venue and volunteers. 

Practicing Distance
Workshop/Playshops and interactive projects that use spatial proximity as framework to explore interpersonal interaction, isolation, community care, personal boundaries, conflict, and accountability. *Revised remote/online version for COVID-19 and the challenges of physical contact during the pandemic*
[Sliding Scale, Grant Funded, or Artist Fee]

Sketching Mutual Aid
Participatory arts activities on transformative justice and mutual aid for youth (5-12) and adults.
[Sliding Scale, Grant Funded, or Artist Fee]
This service requires a partnering institution or organization
Free download

Critique As Support
Workshop or range-term consultation on trauma-informed practices for studio instruction and critique in community settings and higher-ed, including: pre-professional/vocational arts instruction, and artist professonal development.
[Sliding Scale, Grant Funded, or Artist Fee]
This service requires a host institution or organization

Trauma-informed Design Facilitation
Workshop or range-term consultation on trauma-informed practices for design thinking and facilitation.
[Contract-based or Grant Funded]
This service requires a host institution, business, or organization

Cultural Accessibility & Disability Justice Consulting
Audits on the integration of accessibility and disability justice principles in organizational culture
[Contract-based or Grant Funded]
This service requires a host institution or organization focused on arts and culture or design

Artist Peer-Mentorship
One-on-one and small group session on planning long-term creative practices through a trauma-informed lens
[Sliding Scale, Grant Funded, Barter, or Artist Fee] 

Strategic Planning for Engagement
Working with organizations and movements to develop long-term plans for community based programs and civic engagement.
[Contract-based or Grant Funded]
This service requires a host institution or organization

 

Awards & Recognition

Kasper has presented his work in the United States and internationally. He has received awards and residencies from CUE Art Foundation, Downtown Art, Art Beyond Sight, Social Practice Queens, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and served as a mentor for the NYFA Immigrant Artist Program in Social Practice. 

 

Writing & Publications

His various contributions to socially engaged art can be found in the books: Art As Social Action: The Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art (Skyhorse Press), Futures Worth Preserving: Cultural Constructions of Nostalgia and Sustainability (Transcript Press), and Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art (Routledge). He is the co-editor of More Art In The Public Eye (Duke University Press.)

 

Teaching & Public Engagement

Kasper has taught at The New School, Pratt Institute, Fordham University, and CUNY. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Integrated Design and Undergraduate Program Director at University of Massachusetts Amherst where he works in the Department of Art and is a Civic Engagement & Service Learning Fellow. 

He has been invited to lectured and led workshops at the MoMA Department of Education, Cooper Union, Brooklyn Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, School of Visual Arts, New York Hall of Science, The New School, and the School at the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In 2018, he served as a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program in Social Practice. Kasper has lectured on design education, public art, and social art pedagogy at CAA, FATE, AIGA, and Interaction Design & Children conference, as well as at the Art Directors Club, the Kansas City Art Institute, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

He has hosted public town-hall style events and panel discussions on disability arts at Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Queens Museum, School of Visual Arts, The 8th Floor, and BRIC.

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I Have Worked With

  • November 2017 to June 2018

    Served as a Social Practice Mentor NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Jeff
Job Title/Position: 
Social Practice Artist, Educator, Integrated Designer
Physical Address: 
Northampton, MA 01060
Last Name: 
Kasper

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Year Founded: 
2008
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Families
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Design Services
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
College Art Association
AIGA
Foundations of Art, Theory, and Education
Education: 
MFA in Social Practice, Queens College
BA in Design and Politics, CUNY
Professional Degree in Graphic Design
DANT Disability Arts & Policy Training
Public Service Management Fellowship, City College of NY
Civic Engagement & Service Learning Fellow, UMass Amherst

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Design
Media
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$10,000