• UPCOMING TASKS!! Utah TASK Party, Organized by various high schools and universities in and around Provo and Salt Lake City (details will follow)

    January 23, 2016
    Dubai TASK Party
    Alserkai Avenue - The Hub for Art and Creativity, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    December 8
    TASK Workshops in Dubai; in preparation for the Dubai TASK Party, January 23, 2016.

    November 12
    North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

    October 24
    Utah TASK Party
    Utah Valley University; Organized by various high schools and universities in and around Provo and Salt Lake City (details will follow)

    October 6, 2015
    This TASK Party was organized for a group of art educators; Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

    October 2, 2015
    Metropolitan Museum TASK Party
    This TASK Party was organized for 250 - 300 art educators; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

    September 24, 2015
    Principia TASK Party; Principia College, Elsah, IL

    August 15, 2015,
    ArtPace, San Antonio, TX

    July 1, 2015
    Turnaround TASK 3
    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 school principals and their teams to help turn around underperforming schools in low income neighborhoods, Airly Center, Airly, VA

    June 4, 2015
    Sackler Educators TASK Party; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

    May 20, 2015
    Tiger Fest TASK Party, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    May 14, 2015
    University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Campus, Oshkosh, WI

    May 7,
    Organized for a group of art educators; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

    April 2, 2015
    TASK/Haus
    A school wide celebration (approximately 500 students). The Northwest School of the Arts, Humanities and Environment, Seattle, WA

    April 24, 2015
    International Sculpture Center, in collaboration with Grounds For Sculpture celebrate the first "International Sculpture Day" with this TASK Party. Various campuses around the Country will organize satellite TASK Parties connected via Skype.
    Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

    February 14, 2015
    Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130, Columbus, OH
    Organized by The Arts Initiative, Ohio State University

    February 13, 2015
    Visual Arts Center, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Fall, SD

    January 23, 2015
    Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    January 16, 2015
    Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

    January 5, 2015
    Spanish Fork High School, Spanish Fork, Utah

    November 25, 2014
    TASK CAFA; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Organized by New Century Art Foundation, and Telescope.

    September 25, 2014
    A4 Contemporary Art Museum and Art Museum of Szechuan University will organize the first TASK Party in the People's Republic; Szechuan University, Chengdu, China

    September 17
    TASK inspired Assessment As Dialog installation.
    BAN7 Clinic: Socially Engaged Education: Making Learning Visible; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

    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

How To Task

51 Responses

  1. Oliver !
    Really enjoyed TASK in Philadelphia.

    Wondering if you would consider an event like this in Trenton, NJ at the MOCS building (Museum of Contemp. Science) this Summer at a 24 hour art/music/film fest called Art All Nite.

    sincerely,
    Andrew Wilkinson

    • Hi Andrew,
      It’s absolutely possible. Just call in the next few days and I’ll try to answer your questions. I’ll send you my number in a personal e-mail.
      Best,
      Oliver

  2. Hi Oliver,

    I just showed your Art 21 to my class and we are intrigued by what you do. I work with a group of artists with developmental disabilities and we make traditional art such as paintings and sculpture as well as have a dance and drama performance twice a year. TASK seems like a way we can intergrate many of our now disparate practices and als just seems like it could be a lot of fun. Please let me know about how we could get involved. We are in Ann Arundel county wich is just south of Baltimore Maryland.

    Thanks

    Bart

  3. Hi Oliver!
    I participated in Task at the Art21 Educators workshop in NYC last summer. I’m planning for the Mississippi Art Education Association’s fall conference in November and would love to include a Task Party! Would you like to come? Or could you offer suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Summer

  4. Hi Oliver,

    Loved the TASK party in the basement of Dia last week.
    Would love to see any good pics of the event. Wishing you much success in all you do,
    Kathleen

  5. Hi Oliver,
    I participated in tasking with the art21 educators this summer and visited you at hr Brooklyn studio. I held a task event with each of my classes this past fall as a way to breakdown preconceptions about art, help the class to connect with each other and the act of creation. It produced some wonderful results and my students are currently approaching art in a more divergent approach…less scripted and more student centered.

    James

  6. I teach high school art and have adapted the “Task Party” theme for my classes when we work on our altered books. I start with tasks that I have generated and then invite students to add to the box if they like (I always review them first). It’s a great way to get students moving, thinking creatively, interacting artistically with their peers, and having fun! My students love it!

    • Hi Amy,
      Thanks so much for letting me know. It’s really interesting to hear how TASK is translated into different contexts. Please continue to let me know how it goes.
      Best,
      Oliver

  7. Oliver,
    I enjoyed meeting you in NYC at the NAEA conference. I’m glad you were reunited with your coffee. I’m hoping to plan some events in Massachusetts. Have you ever done anything with the Decordova Museum in Lincoln?
    I ordered your book, can’t wait to read it.
    Thanks so much for inspiring me.
    Cathy

  8. Oliver,
    I attended my fist TASK party the beginning part of the month at the NAEA convention. I have to admit it was an incredible experience. I had such a peaceful time going in and accomplishing the task I chose in a way that I had visioned in my imagination. I am an art education major and I cannot wait to employ the TASK workshop in my classroom. It would be such an adventure for the students to be a part of something like this.

    We are going to try to have a TASK party at our state art Education conference in October. do you have any advice for the creating and planning for our TASK party?

    • Hi Erin,
      Thanks for letting me know. Where will your TASK/s happen, what school, city, State? I can give you advice when I have more info. I also advice you to contact Kendra Paitz, curator at the University gallery at Illinois State University. She put a TASK blog together for the Midwest and has been incredible diligent about sending out very useful info and basic tips for planning TASK. you can contact her via Facebook or click on the link below:
      http://taskmidwest.weebly.com

      Please keep me informed about your TASK Party. Maybe you can even write a short dispatch of your experience. It may be helpful for other people to read.
      Best,
      Oliver

      • Our TASK party will probably be the last weekend in October at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV.

        Thank you for all you do!

        -Erin

        p.s. I love your work!

  9. Oliver,

    I witnessed first hand the excitement that TASK can offer a group of participants while at the NAEA Conference last month. I am currently a student at Kent State University in Ohio and am in my final semester of student teaching. I am planning on having a TASK Workshop tomorrow for my new group of 8th graders that I have begun teaching. I plan on documenting the experience in film and photos. I am hoping that you are interested in hearing about how the day turns out. I am doing four different parties since I have four classes throughout the day. I am very excited to see how everything works out myself.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew Mohrbach

    • Hi Matthew,
      That’s great. Thanks for letting me know. And please keep me in the loop on how things turned out for you and your various classes. Please also contact Kendra Paitz, curator at the university galleries at ISU (she’s on Facebook). she started a TASK blog for the Midwest and will b very interested to know about what you do at Kent. If you have the time and interest, you may also write a short, or not so short, dispatch of your experience with using TASK in your classroom. I’ve been in transit for the last few week and won’t have the time to post anything on this blog for another week and a half, but would love to post your story here (it’s read by quite a few people).
      All the best and good TASKing.
      Talk soon,
      Oliver

    • hi Matthew,
      Just curious how your TASK workshop went. Also, what was the location of your TASK? I’m updating my blog (finally) and would like to include as much detail as possible. Thanks, Oliver

  10. Hi Oliver,

    I met you at the NAEA task party in New York. Because we are considering a task party for our spring teen event at NC Museum of Art, we are planning a mini-task for our first Teen Advisory Council meeting 8/21. It will be a small group but we are hoping to create the same creative spirit of other task parties. Hope to follow up with more next week.

    • Hi Michelle, that’s great. Let me know if I can help. Otherwise, looking forward to hearing how it went. Have a ton of creative fun! best, Oliver

  11. Hi Oliver,
    I would like to plan a TASK party for the Utah Art Education Association Conference, 2013. Do I need special permission from you to do it??? Not sure what the protocol is?
    Thanks,
    Kathryn

    • Hi Kathryn,
      Thanks for letting me know about your plans. Please feel free to use TASK for the UAEA conference. I think of TAKS as both a piece of Contemporary art but also as a tool for others to use. If it is of any help to you, I’d be happy to talk by phone or Skype.

      IF you go ahead with your plans, it’d be great if you could let me know when and where you plan for your TASK Party to take place, or any other info you can provide. the info will become part of the ever evolving TASK archive.

      Btw, I know two art teachers in Utah who have been actively using TAKS in their class rooms. If you don’t know them already, I’d be happy to get you in touch with them. They might be able to help you?

      All the best,
      Oliver

      • Hi Oliver –
        Thanks so much for your fast response!

        I hope to be hosting a TASK Party February 21st-23rd, 2013 at the Utah Art Education Association’s annual art in the Utah Sun conference in St. George, Utah. (Of course you are more than welcome to attend too if you are in the Utah area at that time)
        Sure, I would love the contact info for the teachers in UTAH that are using TASK in their classes.

        I found out about TASK by attending a TASK party at the 2012 NAEA Conference in NYC and I loved it!

        Any additional Info you can send me in regard to planning the TASK Party would be great Too!

        Thanks for your time!
        Kathryn

    • For more info, there is a book on TASK that was recently published by Illinois State University:

      https://secure.touchnet.com/C20868_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=507&SINGLESTORE=true

      The book was reviewed in this month’s Artnews (November) by Hillary Sheets.

      Best,
      Oliver

  12. Hello Oliver –
    It’s official….I will be hosting a TASK Party February 22nd, at the Utah Art Education Association’s 2013 Art In The Sun conference in St. George. It will be a small event…a short but sweet “Taste of TASK” from 3:00- 5:00 pm ( I hope for it to continue on a bit later)
    UAEA Conference Address and Web Site:
    Pineview High School
    2850 East 750 North
    St. George, UT 84790
    http://uaea-arted.org/index.php?page=2012-conferences

    I did purchase the TASK book. It is a wonderful book! It seems TASK just about created a life of it’s own over the years!

    In regard to the TASK party I am planning – I contacted James R. from Provo HS – who has done a TASK party with is student and mentioned that he knows you. You mentioned that there was another Utah teacher you knew as well. If you could email their contact info – that would be great!

    Any other advice you could give – I welcome from you!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Cheers!
    Kathryn

    • Hi Kathryn,
      That’s great. Thanks for letting me know and for providing me with all the info.

      Regarding the other Utah HS teacher, I don’t want to send his name and contact info in this public space. my email is: oliverherring@earthlink.net

      If you send me an email I’ll respond with his contact info.

      Btw, I like “Taste of TASK” as the title for your mini TASK Party.

      Also, it looks like the NAEA had decided to organize another, although smaller TASK PArty for this years convention in Fort Worth. Unfortunately I cant’ be there this year.

      Talk soon,
      Oliver

  13. Hi Oliver,
    I’m in love with the openness of your Task parties. I’m planning on throwing a mini Task Party for my birthday but I’m not sure if it will work. There will be adults and children, around 40 people, and the space is not very big (my home!!). Do you think it would work? Do you recommend to tell all the guests previously? Should I prepare a few tasks as starters? Any recommendations?
    Thanks for your help!
    Lola

    • Hi Lola,
      You’re not the first person to throw at TASK B-Day party. From what I’ve been told, they work.

      I recommend to have some friends or family help you write a bunch of tasks in advance so that the pool is stocked with at least something when you start.

      You can use any materials.

      The fact that your party is multi-generational is a big asset. It’ll be much more fun and interesting that way. You’ll find that kids will get as much out of this as the adults. Have some drinks available for the adults!

      Not sure about telling everyone in advance but definitely tell some of your friends or family. It might be helpful to have enthusiastic help and support from the start. Tell those friends to throw themselves into it, especially at the beginning. Their immediate action may very well set the tone and make it easier for others to also let a little loose.

      Please let me know how it went.

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
      Oliver
      btw, what part of the Country are you from?

    • Hi Lola,
      You’re not the first person to throw at TASK B-Day party. From what I’ve been told, they work.

      I recommend to have some friends or family help you write a bunch of tasks in advance so that the pool is stocked with at least something when you start.

      You can use any materials.

      The fact that your party is multi-generational is a big asset. It’ll be much more fun and interesting that way. You’ll find that kids will get as much out of this as the adults. Have some drinks available for the adults!

      Not sure about telling everyone in advance but definitely tell some of your friends or family. It might be helpful to have enthusiastic help and support from the start. Tell those friends to throw themselves into it, especially at the beginning. Their immediate action may very well set the tone and make it easier for others to also let a little loose.

      Please let me know how it went.

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
      Oliver
      btw, what part of the Country are you from?

  14. Hi! I set up a TASK party for my local art group in December 2012. The group is composed of mostly senior citizens. Some are not artists but art supporters. Generally there is a presentation every month in which people sit at tables and listen to a local artist discuss or demo his/her work. Initially almost everyone seemed paralyzed. I had explained the nature of the activity at a previous meeting and in the monthly newsletter. I shared that I had attended the NAEA 2012 TASK party and met Oliver Herring. I gave a few examples of TASK ideas. I showcased all of the available materials so they would know what types of things were available. They did not want to get out of their seats and investigate the materials. I decided to model the behavior by writing a task. Luckily a few other daring folks got up and wrote tasks. I drew a task which was to build a house. I gathered materials and started to work. Things did get going and a lot of participants had tasks involved with decorating hats. The end result was positive, and people had fun.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.381663671926908.88805.178930458866898&type=3

    Today I am conducting a TASK party at a library in my area. I have 26 kids that have signed up to participate. I think it will be fun and I am looking forward to it! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  15. Have fun TASKING! Please check out a web site I made for my small TASK party at the Utah Art Education Association Convention at the beginning of this year. It was a mix of high school student, k-12 teachers and college professors. The diverse mix made it that much more creative! http://taskpartyuaea2013.blogspot.com/

  16. Oliver,
    I have just discover your “Task Party” and love the idea. What a great interactive way to be creative. I would like to organize a Task Party for our local commuity. Can you or do you assist in organizing the party and are you available for the event? Thank you.

  17. I am an art teacher at Community Prep School in Colorado Springs CO. I teach a Culture Jamming class there and we did a TASK party last week. It was a huge success! The students wanted to have tasks that created social awareness.

    Our Tasks are as follows…

    Reciting the preamble to the U.S. constitution/police code of ethics

    Making 18th century Coronas Reales with a paper template incorporating a statement by Voltaire or Graham Greene about monarchies.

    Trashion- creating apparel out of materials that would have been thrown away

    Dada collages (Dada was the visual art world’s response to the absurdity of war during WWl)

    Start a nonviolent revolution (Omar wanted the minimum wage raised to $20/hr), PJ made a pro-graffiti sign with the statement: Art is Not a Crime and there were others urging people not to judge according to race)

    Coloring famous women paper dolls

    Visit our website to see pics!

    • Hi Elizabeth, thanks so much for letting me know. If you could provide me with the exact date, I’ll add your TASK Party to the HISTORY section of the blog. There is so much TASK action happening all over, and I pick up bits and pieces wherever I travel, but unless I get emails like yours, confirming a venue, place, and date (which you did by the week), I usually don’t add them. Thanks for letting me know, and if possible please send me the date too. All the best, Oliver

    • if you could also send me a link to the images that would be great. I tried to find them but couldn’t. Thanks. O.

  18. Our TASK party was on March 19th. I posted the pictures on my nonprofit’s Facebook page (Young Vision).

  19. Hi, I had a wonderful time at TASK at the Met. Wrote about it on my blog, and there is a link to my video of it, as well. Thank you so much, what a joy! http://lizofoz.com/2015/10/03/4364/

  20. Hello Oliver!

    We are a class from Spain and we really want to share with you that yesterday we had our first Task-party in our school!

    We are 10 and 11 years old and we are studying in a primary school in a village close to Madrid. Our teacher of Arts and Crafts told us about your Tasks-parties and we had a look at your webs in order to know about them.

    Our particular Task Party was really amazing!! In fact, we would like to do one more time next year with the rest of the school ;-))

    Thank you very much for your great idea, we really enjoyed it!!

    A big hug from Spain!!
    5ºB

    • Hi,
      Thanks so much for letting me know about your TASK Party in Spain. I’m really happy to hear that it went great. Please let me know when you do another TASK Party next year. Maybe I can Skype myself into the party, as a surprise? In any case, all the best, Oliver

  21. Hi Oliver! I am a MS/US Art Teacher at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. I have planned a “surprise” Task Party for our 200+ faculty (TK-12) for our opening day of faculty workdays, next Tuesday August 16th! I can’t wait to see how it goes!

    • Hi Andrea, thanks so much for letting me know. I hope you had a fantastic and productive time. Please let me know how it went. And sorry it took me so long to respond. I’ve been super busy. All the best, Oliver xx

      • Hi Oliver! My school decided to use an image from the Task party for an ad campaign. Do you have an email address that I can send the image to? I think you’d love it!
        Best,
        Andrea

      • Hi Andrea, I just saw this. My email is oliverherring@earthlink.net

        I take it the add campaign is a non commercial enterprise?

        Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing the image.

        All the best,
        Oliver

  22. I am not sure if you are aware, but the video posted on this site has lyrics that were changed to “Let’s get retarded” instead of “Let’s get started.” I would love to show this video to my students, but I would have to turn the volume off because I do not want to teach them that the “R” word is okay. I think many people find that word offensive and hurtful.

    • Hi, thanks for your message. What video are you talking about? I couldn’t find what you referred to. Let me know. Thanks. O.

  23. Hi Oliver! We met at the Turnaround Arts Summer Retreat in July during a fabulous TASK Party! I’m the local program director for Turnaround Arts: NYC. One of our schools will be hosting a TASK Party on November 22 and I’m wondering if you’d like to be involved! Let me know! My email is afairchild2@schools.nyc.gov.

  24. Oliver,

    We are planning a TASK party for 3/16/2017 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. I have been in touch with Kendra Paitz. I know Kendra and Barry from when I went to school at Illinois State and I am excited to bring TASK to the Figge!

    Brian Allen

  25. Hello Oliver, I am working with the City of Dublin, Ohio, the Dublin Arts Council and a number of other partners on an art activation strategy, and we are considering hosting a TASK party. I have read all the information on the site and blog and believe I understand correctly that we could go ahead and do one on our own. We would then submit information/tasks/images here. However, our director is interested in having your participation. Is that something you would consider, and could you give us some idea of your availability and fee structure? Thank you so much, Jane

    • Hi Jane, sorry for the delayed response. I finally got around to catching up w correspondence. I’d be happy to talk. Best way would be for you to contact me through email: oliverherring@earthlink.net and we can take it from there. Thanks. Looking forward to hearing back from you. Best, Oliver

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