Jules is the founder of (SPAN) and project director of the Social Design Collective. She specializes in socially engaged art, civic engagement, participatory media, collaboration, conflict resolution and design thinking.Her studio, Social Design Collective, received a public art commission in Santa Ana, CA. She has held residencies at DLUX Media (Australia), Grand Central Art Center (USC Fullerton-Santa Ana), LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Knowles West Media Center (UK), and The Sequoia Parks Foundation (CA). She has worked with NuLawLab, Native Public Media, Public Art Review, Metabolic Studio, Otis College of Art and Design, Freewaves, Access to Media Education Society, Vancouver Moving Theatre, and Full Circle First Nations. She has presented her work as a part of Creative Time's Living as Form in their Social Practice Database, Projects & Prototypes (Otis College of Art and Design/LACE 2010) and Demonstrating Change through Storytelling at Round House Community Center, Vancouver, BC (2007). Jules launched her career as a young artist through an internship with Interaction Arts Foundation and the artist Jerri Allyn. She launched her first community based projects in collaboration with Elaine Carol through the non-profit, Miscellaneous Productions in Vancouver, BC.
Carol 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.
Our newest member of the (SPAN) team, Jacqueline is an arts organizer and curator. She is currently working with artist Christina Sanchez Juarez and chef Cayetano Juarez on a new iteration of their project Break+Pausa, a long-term artistic and culinary inquiry into the lives of restaurant workers in Los Angeles. From 2011-2013, Bell contributed to a number of projects at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), including Jeanne van Heeswijk's fall 2012 residency, Suzanne Lacy's work Three Weeks in January, and Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman's large scale game installation Interference. Bell is a graduate of the M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program at the University of Southern California, and wrote her thesis on Nathalie Bookchin's 2012 video installation, Now he's out in public and everyone can see. She is a contributor to C Magazine, with forthcoming texts in PUBLIC and The Art Book Review. Bell was a co-founder of Local Library, an all ages interdisciplinary art space that operated in Calgary, Alberta from 2010-2012.