Please join us for an online taste of our Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington residency experience!
On Monday, July 19th, we will have several options for you to join us. Please see below for each session and a description.
After sending in your RSVP, you will receive the zoom information for the first session- Meet and greet with Faculty and Admissions. Attendance at this event is required in order for you to receive the links for the other two sessions, as we will go over expectations for observation and participation in the workshops.
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time
Monday, July 19th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (PST)
Meet and greet with MFAIA WA Faculty Chair, JuPong Lin
Join us for a chance to speak with JuPong Lin, the current Faculty Chair of the MFAIA program in Port Townsend, Washington.
An immigrant from Taiwan, JuPong Lin works at the nexus of art and politics, culture and nature, human and fungal. As an artist-researcher, decolonial and institutional activist and educator, she enjoys finding links (metaphoric mycorrhiza) between communities, institutions, and ecotones, to enhance connections that foster personal and community resilience. Her community performance, media and installation art aspires to incite systemic change through creating relationships of mutuality and reciprocity. In collaboration with the MFAIA faculty, JuPong co-founded the Indigenous and Decolonial Art concentration which calls for all artists to examine the impact of colonization on the collective consciousness of imperialism and work to dismantle settler colonial states. With collaborator, Devora Neumark, JuPong is the co-founder of Fierce Bellies, an artist collective that “envisions the mainstreaming of climate justice through joyful art practice. We engage transnational feminism to cultivate a blend of mindfulness, activism and radical aesthetics to foster transformational change and critique of the injustice of the colonial carbon economy.” In her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts, JuPong cooperates with food justice and social justice activists to start a co-operative grocery store and community hub for food sovereignty.
MFA in Intermedia, University of Iowa
BA in Comparative Literature, Indiana. University
Areas of Expertise
- Interdisciplinary Art
- Social Practice
- Video Performance
- Ecojustice and Sustainability Education
- International Feminism
- Decolonial Ecocriticism
Stories feed me. Words sing to me, images enthrall me, and music inspires me. I see myself as a conduit for the stories that need to be told; I make community by knitting together stories of many voices. My questions revolve around relationships between human and the more-than-human. I explore these questions from my evolving identities—as a feminist, mother, sister, and daughter; as an immigrant resistor of assimilation; as a student of decolonization, postcolonial and indigenous cultures; as an activist-researcher in solidarity with the global climate justice movement. We are in a crisis of existence—the destruction of the earth, the massive loss of millions of species and potentially the end of our own species, brought about by the fragmented and failing systems that humans have created in the name of “progress.” Crisis is the context in which my current inquiry emerged, inspired by viewing the BBC TV series, Doctor Who, with my teen-aged son. Sitting with him, I wondered, how might we experience sci-fi and cli-fi as conjuring devices or objects of imagination? Can viewing in companionship help us collectively envision new ways of living and loving, regenerative webs of caring and obligation? I am currently working on a PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, developing ways of cultivating intergenerational forms of audiencing science fiction and collectively re-storying our beloved places.
Monday, July 19th, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (PST)
Decolonial Arts Praxis GROUP STUDY with lead faculty member Ty Defoe
Ty Defoe (Giizhig), is from the Oneida and Ojibwe Nations. He is a Grammy-award- winning composer, playwright, librettist, interdisciplinary artist, actor, choreographer, eagle dancer, and hoop dancer. Ty interweaves artistic projects with social justice, indigeneity, trans rights, Indigi-Queering, and environmentalism. Awards, residencies, and fellowships: TransLab Fellow, Global Indigenous Heritage Festival Award, Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence, Jonathan Larson Award, Cordillera International Film Festival Finalist, 2021 Cultural Capital Fellow, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center finalist, and the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. Ty’s songs have been featured at: Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, 54 Below, The Met, and The Kennedy Center. Ty’s theatrical work has been presented at: Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Institute of Musical Theater, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Noor Theater, Native Voices at the Autry, The New Victory Theater, and the Studebaker Theater in Chicago, IL for the International Puppet Festival. Ty’s international arts highlights: the Millennium celebration in Cairo, Egypt; International Music Festival in Ankara, Turkey; and Festival of World Cultures in Dubai. Works: TransWorld, Red Pine, The Way They Lived, Ajijaak on Turtle Island, Hear Me Say My Name, Hart Island Requiem, Clouds are Pillows for the Moon, Wind Changes Direction, Before the Land Eroded, BasketBall Is ‘War, Minus the Shooting’ In Sectarian Lebanon, River of Stone, Firebird Tattoo, Trial and Tears (with Dawn Avery), and The Lesson (with Nolan Doran and Avi Amon). Ty is an artEquity facilitator, co-founder of Indigenous Direction (with Larissa FastHorse), and member of All My Relations Collective, which recently presented his work GIZHIBAA GIIZHIG | Revolving Sky at Under the Radar Festival, Incoming! at The Public Theater as part of the Devised Theater Working Group in New York City. His play Firebird Tattoo was published in The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays, 2021. He has done movement direction for Mother Road, Dir. Bill Rauch (OSF); and Manahatta, Dir. Laurie Woolery (OSF, Yale Rep). He was choreographer for Tracy Lett’s The Minutes on Broadway. Acting credits include Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men on Broadway (Dir. Anna Shapiro). He lives in NYC and loves the color clear. Member of: Dramatist Guild, SDC, ASCAP, First Nations Theater Guild, AEA. Pronouns: He |We | indigenousdirection.com | allmyrelations.earth | tydefoe.com
- MFA in Musical Theatre Writing, New York University, 2015
- MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard, College, Plainfield, Vermont, 2012
- BFA in Multidisciplinary Arts-Theatre School, California Institute of the Arts, 2010
Areas of Expertise
- Interdisciplinary artist
- Defoe, Ty, in Keyes, Mantoan, Schiller (eds) (May 2021) Firebird Tattoo, in The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays for the Stage, Bloomsburry, NY, May 2021.
- Defoe, Ty, in Syler-Banks (eds) (2020) Journey, in Casting a Movement, Routledge Press, Spring 2019.
- Gizhibaa Giizhig | Revolving Sky, All My Relations Collective, UtahPresents, March 5-6, 2021
- Gwekaanimad >><< Wind Changes Direction, (Latitudes Virtual Festival), April 22nd, 2021
- Copper Horns in Water, (First Stage Amplify Series), Premieres March 12th – April 3rd, 2021
Monday, July 19th, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm (PST)
Huza ibihe byose, hamwe n’amajwi atandukanye: Braiding Time, Blending Sounds, with Vincent Nsengiyumva with Vincent Nsengiyumva
In this workshop, Vincent Nsengiyumva will share intimate stories about his life as a two-time Indigenous Rwandan genocide survivor. The time before, during, and after the “100 days of slaughter” are all bound up with the history of colonization.
As one of a very few remaining Indigenous Rwandan cultural knowledge-holders alive today, Vincent’s expertise and skills are rooted in the transmission of stories, dances, songs, and instruments from his grandparents, who were alive during the Belgian rule.
Rather than provide a standard history lesson or theoretical lecture, Vincent will speak of his lived experience and will introduce the MFAIA community to the sounds and rhythms of traditional Rwandan music. In addition to playing and describing the techniques used to make the Rwandan musical instruments, Vincent will also demonstrate the materials used to fabricate traditional regalia and talk about their significance. Finally, Vincent will facilitate a collective live sound blending; so, please have some sound-makers handy (even if you have no prior music experience).
Please feel free to reach out to Renée in admissions if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you on July 19th!