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Making Waves

Forty-eight years after leaving his home country of Slovenia, Milenko Matanovic went home. This time he was not rebelling against the state, nor shaking up the status quo; instead, he made waves.

Waves is Milenko’s art retrospective that opened last month in Ljubljana. Milenko’s show includes some of his earliest art pieces from his time as a founding member of the renowned OHO Collective, examples of Pomegranate Center’s collaborative artwork created with local communities, as well as brand new pieces created for the exhibit. He chose the exhibit’s name to introduce his idea of the waves of inspiration that have come to him over the years as an artist, community activist, and founder of Pomegranate Center.

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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.

 

Ground Rules Deep Dive #10: Maintain the Balance Between Heart and Mind, Expertise and Passion

By Milenko Matanovic

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has proven this by encouraging people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. This code of conduct, what we call “ground rules,” is essential to creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, free from complaints. In this series of short essays, I will look at different ground rules, evaluate why they are important, and share stories from the field.

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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.

 

Ground Rules Deep Dive #9: Do Your Homework and Know the Problem

By Milenko Matanovic

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has proven this by encouraging people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. This code of conduct, what we call “ground rules,” is essential to creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, free from complaints. In this series of short essays, I will look at different ground rules, evaluate why they are important, and share stories from the field.

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