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ViVA Announces Inaugural Roster of Artists

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

ViVA – Virtual Visiting Artists, a new national nonprofit and curatorial platform publicly launched today, with a focus on connecting internationally-recognized artists and projects emphasizing women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and social justice to students, educators, and communities across all disciplines and ages. Using an equity-based all-inclusive fee structure of $950 per 50-90 minutes engagement, ViVA’s roster of artists lead virtual talks, conversations, or workshops about their work and the social, political, economic, and environmental concerns that influence them. All ViVA engagements use Zoom, Webex, or any organization’s preferred videoconferencing platform, and are supported by a team of experienced ViVA educators.


“We’re at extraordinary turning points in climate change, political discourse, equity and social justice, the future of work, higher education and technology,” notes co-founder, executive director and chief curator Dr. Natalie Marsh, and “ViVA is a new national nonprofit situated at the intersection of these concerns and focused on solving problems of affordability, access, representation and fossil fuel consumption of traditional visiting artist programs at colleges, museums, and other organizations through curated turn-key virtual visiting artist engagements offered by a growing inaugural roster of diverse artists working alongside an equally dynamic and growing ViVA team of experienced educators.”


ViVA’s inaugural artist roster is focused on climate change and environmental justice through a range of intersectional lenses, media and practices: Adriane Colburn, desertArtLAB (April Bojorquez & Matt Garcia), Ellen Driscoll, Nina Elder, Ghana Think Tank (Maria del Carmen Montoya and Christopher Robbins), Terike Haapoja, Julie Heffernan, Rania Lee Khalil, Osman Khan, Oliver Kellhammer, Carla Maldonado, Jane Marsching, Courtney Desiree Morris, Sayler/Morris (Susannah Sayler and Ed Morris), Alex Nathanson, Hugh Pocock, Christina Seely, Jordan Weber, Marina Zurkow. ViVA’s impressive educator cohort includes: Ciara Ennis, Sarah Henderson, Izzy Lee, Joshua Lubin-Levy, Amanda Potter, Rachel Jobe Reese, Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, and Leslie Rose. Artists self-identify a range of important themes central to their work and practice and equally valuable to teachers and program facilitators and searchable on ViVA’s website. Professors can locate artists who are focused on empathy, wellness, and resiliency, equity and equality, economic disparity, Black Lives Matter and anti-racism, democracy, among many others.


ViVA’s artists and educators are currently or recently based at top educational institutions around the country: Bard, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design-George Washington University, Bard, Dartmouth, MassArt, MICA, NYU, Pitzer, Rutgers, SUNY-Purchase, Syracuse, University of Michigan, Wesleyan, Yale, and at The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, The Warhol Museum, The Smithsonian Institution, among others. Our artists are widely recognized award and fellowship winners and recipients of coveted residencies including: Blades of Grass, Creative Capital, Fulbright, Guggenheim, Loeb, Joan Mitchell, MacArthur, MacDowell Colony, Mellon, Pollack-Krasner, Rauschenberg, and United States Artists.


Unlike a speaker’s bureau or a tech start-up, ViVA is a nonprofit that functions as a collaborative educational partner with teachers, academic programs and centers, museums, alumni groups and member programs, libraries, municipal arts organizations, retirement groups, and other nonprofits. Every client receives an Artist Packet made up of curricular and program support materials that include pre-vetted and researched bibliographic and video content, sample discussion questions, interdisciplinary lesson plan ideas, among other useful tools, and they are connected to a ViVA educator who will consult on how to maximize the impact of their upcoming ViVA artist engagement.


“The pandemic taught us all how to pivot and we learned a lot about what is possible,” states co-founder and COO Scott Baker. “An online conversation between artists, educators and learners has advantages well beyond necessary social distancing protocols. Students or audience members can get a peek inside an artist’s studio, view the work they’re currently developing – it’s a dynamic experience made even more attractive when considering a series of artists across a month, a semester, or a season. Our model brings these artists straight to you without lengthy negotiations and a travel budget.” Clients interested in developing artist panels or a curated visiting artist series can work with ViVA staff and educators to help craft a great program.


Panels and series are priced through simple multiplication: a panel of three artists can be contracted for $2,850 ($950 x 3) or a visiting series of six artists may be organized for $5,700 ($950 x 6). For small organizations or those experiencing reduced staff, each educator can be contracted for additional hourly support to help develop a program or series. Because ViVA absorbs most of the administrative work, artists and clients are able to focus their valuable time on their engagement with classrooms and audiences rather than the bureaucracy of logistics, paperwork, and the hassles, expense and carbon footprint of travel, hotel and per diem. Clients and artists are supported by streamlined processes from contracting to final payment. ViVA also contributes to universities’ and organizations’ efforts to reach net-zero carbon status by shifting more of their activities to a carbon neutral virtual format.



For more information, please visit vivavirtualartists.org or contact Scott R. Baker at scott.baker@vivavirtualartists.org.


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