Our Work

Our  work is driven by dedication to artists and making artists visible. Social Practices Art Network (SPAN) is a media resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and practices. It is meant to serve as a platform for a variety of socially engaged art and design practices.


News: Researcher in Residence

We are excited to announce our first ever residency!

Our founder Jules Rochielle is happy to be able to support a new researcher and curator in residence. (SPAN) is deeply honored to be working with Carol Stakenas as our curator and researcher in residence. Carol Stakenas is a curator, educator and organizer who advocates for artists who transcend the confines of narrowly defined fields and engage diverse people in meaningful creative experiences. Her work is deliberately varied in scope and content to align the strength of an artist’s practice with a new challenge and timely context. She has produced multidisciplinary public art at remarkable sites such the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Times Square, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and at the top of Los Angeles’ City Hall. Stakenas has worked closely with many artists including Heather Cassils, Fallen Fruit, Piero Golia, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Marjetica Potrc, Nathalie Pozzi & Eric Zimmerman and scholars such as Marie de Brugerolle, Jennifer Doyle, Amelia Jones, Peggy Phelan, Michael Ned Holte and Clay Shirky. Recent projects include: Change Agents, a lecture & workshop series at USC featuring artists whose work activates and re-conceptualizes the public sphere; Three Weeks in January, a large-scale public art work by Suzanne Lacy and scores of Los Angeles-based collaborators concerned with violence against women; Natalie Bookchin’s Now he’s out in public and everyone can see, an 18-channel video installation exploring popular attitudes, anxieties and conflicts about race. Stakenas is the curator at-large for SPAN (Social Practices Art Network). Previously, she was the executive director of LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and deputy director/curator of Creative Time (New York). She in Visiting Faculty at Bennington College in Vermont and has taught in the M.A. program in Art and Curatorial Practice at USC Roski School of Arts and Design.

The Road Ahead

Over the next year. Carol will be working in residence to continue to populate our listening tour, interviews and growing archive. We are honored to be working with Carol. We will soon announce her travel plans for a listening tour.

The Interview Archive

Our Listening Tour initiative and archive includes unique audio interviews with a range of cultural producers. Since 2011, interviews have been conducted with the following artists and culture workers- check it out

Alumni Updates

We are happy to share news about our colleagues Jacqueline Bell and Jules Rochielle. 

Arts writer and curator, Jacqueline Bell promoted to Curator at Walter Phillips Gallery - see article


Jules Rochielle is currently the Creative Director at Nulawlab and also with Stable Ground Boston. Jules was recently named as a Creative Placemaking Policy Fellow at Arizona State University | Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. See more