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Goodbye Fahad: An Exit Interview With Our Outgoing Communications Intern

This month, we say goodbye to our communications intern Fahad Aldaajani. Fahad joined us from the University of Washington’s CommLead program, where he earned a Master of Communications in Digital Media. Hailing from Saudi Arabia, Fahad had never experienced firsthand a community process. He attended his first community meeting while at Pomegranate Center. Fahad’s eye for detail and knack for visual storytelling has resulted in numerous collaborations over the last six months, including our Woods at Golden Given project video, Pomegranate Method training promo, and our newly launched Image of the Future podcast. We say goodbye with sadness over the departure of such a talented filmmaker and dedicated community member, but with excitement over all the amazing work we know we’ll see from him in the future.

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Image of the Future Episode Seven: Turn Public Processes Into Artworks

For this special episode, we turned the table on host and interviewer Milenko Matanovic and asked him to share his own image of the future and reflect on the first six episodes of the podcast. We also checked in on his latest work, including his time spent in Slovenia exhibiting his career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

Spring Event: High Point Market Garden Tour

Mark your calendars! On May 20th, Milenko will join friend of Pomegranate Center Mark Okazaki to return to the project they collaborated on over ten years ago. Hosted by Atlas Obscura, the “friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places,” Milenko and Mark will lead participants on an afternoon tour through the garden and share its history, as well as tell stories from their experience working with the local High Point community to design an amphitheater, pocket parks, shelters, and the community garden. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets.

Image of the Future Episode Six: Place Matters

In this episode, Milenko interviews Lynne Manzo, an environmental psychologist whose work in the field informs her teaching as Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at UW. Lynne brings to the interview a deep knowledge of the interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings, and imagines with Milenko a future that makes space for optimism, where we try to understand each other better rather than build walls between us.

 

Image of the Future Episode Five: Where Art Meets Democracy

On February 15th, Pomegranate Center hosted our first ever live-taped episode of the Image of the Future podcast. We took our experiment in democratic dialogue out of the studio and onto the stage in front of a live audience. To mark the special occasion, we invited two guests to join host Milenko Matanovic: Valerie Curtis-Newton is a professor in Acting and Directing and Head of Performance at the University of Washington and oversees the Hansberry Project, a professional African American theatre lab. Ben Phillips is a senior program manager for Citizen University. 

Milenko interviewed Valerie and Ben about what lies at the intersection of art and democracy, the tension that exists in public art projects, and what makes them hopeful about the future.