• UPCOMING TASKS!! September 6, 2014 MAD SQ PARK 200 TASK

    September 6, 2014
    MAD SQ PARK 200 TASK
    To cap off the celebration for 200 years of Madison Square Park, we'll organize a massive TASK Party for 1000 people. Organizers: Madison Square Park Conservancy.
    Partners: Materials for the Arts; Art21; New York Life.

    June 2014
    MCAD and Northern Sparks TASK Party; This second TASK Party at MCAD will be organized by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), in conjunction with Northern Sparks, an all night festival organized by Northern Lights; Minneapolis, MN

    June 29, 2014
    Turnaround TASK 2; Turnaround Arts, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
    This TASK Party will be organized for a group of representatives from 35 schools to help turn around underperforming schools in low income neighborhoods; The Airlie Center, Warrenton, VA

    June 21-28, 2014
    TASKEncuentro, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politic’s international conference of visual and performing arts, co-hosted by Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

    June 13-28, 2014
    TASK workshop, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
    in conjunction with:

    June 12, 2014
    CEDFA Summit XV TASK Party, Center for Educator Development in the Fine Arts, Summit XV, Austin, TX

    May 30, 2014
    TASK Party, Odd Fellows Hall, Boyertown, PA

    April 22, 2014
    TASK Party, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

    April 12, 2014
    TASK Workshop for teachers, hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

    April 5, 2014
    TASK Party, organized by The Center for Arts Education, for a conference on Visual Thinking Strategies in conjunction with the United Federation of Teachers;
    New York, NY

    March 28, 2014
    TASK at the Denver Art Museum; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

    March 9, 2014
    Chicago Artery's TASK Party; The second TASK Party at The Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, IL

    March 5, 2014
    TASK Party, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

    March 5, 2014
    TASK Party, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

    May 2015
    TASK Party, Visual Arts Center in the Washington Pavilion; Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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    2013 RECAP (from May-Dec)

    May 23, 2013
    Tiger Fest TASK (All day TASK Party for Tiger Fest); Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    June 24, 2013
    Turnaround TASK: Organized by Turnaround Arts, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. This TASK Party was organized for a group of representatives from 8 schools to help turn around underperforming schools in low income neighborhoods; The Aspen Institute, MD

    August, 2013
    TASK Party; organized by Project Zero (Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education); Hosted by the Columbus Museum of Art

    September 5, 2013
    TASK Party; Apothecary Gallery, University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), Chattanooga, TC

    October 5, 2013
    TASK Party; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

    October 11, 2013
    TASK Party; Boyertown High School, Boyertown, PA

    October 21, 2013
    District TASK Party; Chapel Hill school district K-12 visual and performing arts,
    Hosted by Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    October 26, 2013
    TASK Party (third annual); Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, TN

    November 2, 2013
    TASK Philly; Goldilocks Gallery; Philadelphia, PA

    December 17, 2013
    TASK Holliday Event; Five Angels Theater, NY, NY; organized by Arts in Education Roundtable

What is TASK?

 

TASK is an improvisational event with a simple structure and very few rules. TASK can be a planned, more formal set-up with an application process and a pre-determined number of selected participants (TASK Events); A more open structure without any limitations of size or divisions between viewers and participants (TASK Parties); Or tailored for the use in classrooms (TASK Workshop).

All TASK structures, the events, parties and workshops rely on the same basic infastructure: a designated area (usually but not necessarily made from construction paper), a variety of props and materials (cardboard, plastic bags, pencils, tables cling wrap, tape, markers, ladders…) and the participation of people who agree to follow two simple, procedural rules: to write down a task on a piece of paper and add it to a designated “TASK pool,” and, secondly, to pull a task from that pool and interpret it any which way he or she wants, using whatever is on (or potentially off) stage. When a task is completed, a participant writes a new task, pulls a new task, and so on.

TASK’s open-ended, participatory structure creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another and their environment. TASKs’ flow and momentum depend on the tasks written and interpreted by it’s participants. In theory anything becomes possible. The continuous conception and interpretation of tasks is both chaotic and purpose driven. It is a complex, ever shifting environment of people who connect with one another through what is around them. It is also a platform for people to express and test their own ideas in an environment without failure and success (TASK always is what it is) or any other preconceptions of what can or should be done with an idea or a material. People’s tasks become absorbed into other people’s tasks, objects generated from one task are recycled into someone else’s task without issues of ownership or permanence.

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