Sarah Workneh invites and works with the fellows to expand their own practices within the context of infrastructure. As the fellows begin drafting and proposing new concrete ideas for arts infrastructure, Sarah provides feedback on their proposals and guidance on how they might push their thinking further.
This event was held on Friday, April 15.
Sarah Workneh has worked in alternative education spaces for artists for over 20 years. She has served as Co-Director of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture since 2010. Primarily focused on the educational program, and off-season programming with Alumni, Sarah leads all efforts to support artists in the expansion of their practices. Understanding the holistic nature of the program, Sarah oversees the admissions process, facilities usage and expansion under Skowhegan’s Master Plan, as well as the educational daily life on campus. Sarah has lectured widely as a Visiting Artist/Critic at schools & programs around the US and has served as an advisor to both academic and residency programs, particularly around issues of equity. Sarah has published a variety of texts — most recently an essay on participatory education and a catalog essay on radical education published by the New Museum. She serves on the boards of Colby College Museum of Art, the Black Lunch Table, RAIR in Philadelphia, Buxton School in Williamstown, MA and is a member of the Lake Wesserunsett Association Conservation Committee in Maine. In 2020, she partnered with Linda Goode Bryant & Project Eats to convert one of the organization’s farms to a food pantry in Brownsville, NYC. Sarah has a BA in Linguistics & Russian and pursued graduate work focused on Social Movement Theory, Political Economy, & Liberation Theology.
Programming support for RAW Académie Session 9: Infrastructure is provided by the Sachs Contemporary Art Fund and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.
Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, the Nash Family Foundation, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.