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Tina Orlandini

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MA Arts Politics Class of 2012

BA Art History, Ithaca College

Tina Orlandini is a writer, creative producer, photographer, and self-taught web developer/designer. She received her BA in Art History and writing from Ithaca College and her MA in Art and Public Policy in 2012 with a focus on socially engaged curatorial practice. Her work explores, supports, celebrates, and documents the intersections of culture, community and social justice. Tina is currently the Arts & Development Coordinator for El Puente's Green Light District (GLD), a community based arts and human rights organization in the Southside of Williamsburg.  She is currently developing a multimedia oral history project that collects the stories and experiences of long-time hardware store owners through the lens of community sustainability.

What drew you to the MA Arts Politics program?

The clear and articulated union between my two strongest interests: the arts and social change work.

How did your experience in the program shape your work?

The program allowed me to explore the intersection of arts and social justice in a supported, but also challenging space. I was also connected with a wealth of community groups, activists, organizers and artists through my professors, and found a strong community among my classmates. In the summer of 2012, I was awarded the Arts Politics Fellowship which allowed me to pursue and fund my thesis project: smArtAction: ¡A estudiar y a luchar! - a collaborative exhibition of artwork and creative strategies that emerged during the University of Puerto Rico student movement in response to tuition hikes in 2010-2011.

What are you doing now? 

Arts and Development Coordinator for El Puente's Green Light District initiative, a ten-year holistic sustainability initiative for the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.