Independently and collaboratively Janeil Engelstad has produced exhibitions and multiform projects throughout the world. Her creative practice and community advocacy work have often dovetailed into projects that address concerns such as youth and gang violence, homelessness, peace and ecology. Her process for this work involves embedding herself in communities, extensive research, and building coalitions between universities, government agencies, NGOs, and others. These projects often create a place for individuals and groups who do not have access to art making opportunities or a voice in the media to express their identity, experiences and points of view. Janeil has taught and lectured at universities throughout North America. In 2006 she was Fulright Scholar at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia and she is an affiliate artist at The Social Practice Arts Resource Center (SPARC) at University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2010 she founded Make Art with Purpose (MAP), an international platform for Social Practice projects, www.makeartwithpurpose.net. MAP produces proejcts that address social and environmental concerns around the world. In 2014 MAP's collaborative project, Translating Culture . . . Community Voices at the Dallas Museum of Art was featured in the Association of Art Museum Directors Next Practices in Art Museum Education.
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