Every summer, Usdan brings world-class teachers and visiting artists – actors, directors, playwrights, painters, sculptors, musicians, composers, dancers, poets and novelists – to teach and collaborate with Usdan campers ages 4 to 18. It’s a two-way exchange because we know experienced artists and young creators learn from each other and contribute to one another’s work and development.
In summer 2017, we are piloting an artists-in-residence program to involve youth in the creative process as equal collaborators in the generation of a new work. The goal is to harness the creativity, concerns, and intelligence of youth in contemporary art making. Each artist-in-residence, working in different media, will collaborate with a group of students through research and workshops to create an experimental piece.
The inaugural program includes projects with:
Usdan’s summer 2017 session will include the first stage of an ambitious three-year art commission from internationally exhibited artist and Duke University professor, Pedro Lasch. The project, entitled “Dreaming in the Woods" launches this spring with a series of email prompts to students, designed to spark creativity and interaction. Once camp begins this summer, those interactions will kick off a highly collaborative on-campus engagement between Lasch, Usdan students, faculty and staff.
Pedro Lasch was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied art at Cooper Union (BFA,NY) and Goldsmiths College (MFA, London). Before coming to teach at Duke, he founded and directed the experimental program ‘Art, Story-Telling, and the Five Senses’ (K-12 and beyond) in Jackson Heights, Queens (1999-2005). He has since exhibited his work at PS1 MoMA, Queens Museum, The Phillips Collection, Nasher Museum, the 56th Venice Biennale (CTS, 2015), Havana Biennale (2012), and Documenta 13 (2012),among many others. He loves to collaborate with people of all ages, disciplines, and backgrounds.