“Working in the world, I've grown increasingly distressed. Especially in the last few years, things clearly are not going right. Good people are finding it increasingly difficult to do what they know is best. Whether we're in a small village or a major global corporation, in any country and in any type of work, we are being asked to work faster, more competitively, more selfishly, and to focus only on the short-term. These values cannot lead to anything healthy and sustainable, and they are alarmingly destructive.
The video Voices was made in my third semester at Goddard College. I was at the same school PS 245X in the South Bronx, NY. I was working with the juniors and seniors. The residency was Improvisational Theatre and was connected to the English curriculum. I worked in collaboration with a wonderful English teacher, which truly made the residency successful.
My belonging is to myself. I give to my family and friends. I learn as a teacher to be a student. I am called to stretch the people I build community with whether the place be a school, a community center, an art gallery, a busy city street, a dance studio, or natural environment. My art is life my life is art. I have deeply learned over the pass two and a half years that when I separate life and art I fall prey to the trickster that bestows suffering.
Video by Nancy Volante in collaboration with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
For my practicum project at Goddard College I chose to collaborate with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. I made a short documentary video for the museum on their community-engaged project called Draw On. I worked in partnership with Carolina Pedraza, head of Youth and Family Events.