WHO WE ARE
Artists and scientists alike are focused on exploring the world and trying to understand the universe through introspection, examination and experimentation. The differences in perspective and methodology can lead to novel dialogue, new knowledge creation, innovation and social change.
Tackling the intractable challenges of our global society requires a brand new language – a language of transdisciplinarity, interconnectedness and intersectionality. Such conversations require new platforms that are able to spark the collision of ideas across disciplines and sectors.
Cross-pollination quickens creativity and innovation. Relational Space's model brings scientist and artists together to collaborate around powerful data-driven narratives in order to co-create immersive installations. Immersive events are able to engage both sides of our brains, rises past politics, and reach deep into our hearts, to ignite emotions and fuel social action.
Relational Space facilitates collaborative sessions between artists and scientists to co-create immersive 'Evidence-based art': Immersive installations presented in relation to empirically supported narratives that promote transformational social change.
Relational Space offers a platform for communication and collaboration among artists, scientists, policy-makers and community activists. We build immersive events derived from crosscutting knowledge exchange to bridge partisan divides, inspire new insights, engage the community with compelling artistic expression and promote transformative learning and social change.
To build a more just and sustainable world inspired through art and informed by truth.
Relational Space curates contemporary art exhibitions and scholarly forums to explore emergent political, scientific and social themes based on crosscutting evidence-based research.
Relational Space accomplishes its mission in six ways:
1. Art exhibitions and forums – Relational Space provides integrated and immersive experiences featuring both contemporary art and scholarly forums connecting diverse media, disciplines, cultures and contexts. Immersive environments with collaborative interactions introduce new perspectives that challenge the status quo and transcend individual points of view thereby providing leverage for learning alternate ways of approaching intractable social issues.
2. Education – Relational Space provides in-person and distributed educational opportunities concerning diverse topics and themes but always incorporating strategies for working across traditional disciplines and sectors to promote dialogue, critical thinking, innovative expression and social change. Education includes, but is not limited to:
b. Multi-media publications
c. Mentoring and internships
d. Cross-cutting curations
3. Collaboration – Relational Space offers crosscutting collaborative opportunities that give public access to programs that engage the scientific and artistic communities. Cross-sector, multi-disciplinary and grassroots collaborations cultivate communication that is mutually beneficial and facilitates problem solving and innovative social action.
4. Capacity building – Relational Space builds the capacity of individuals, communities and cross-sector organizations, empowering confidant and competent voices on issues that impact their own communities by providing them with exhibitions, workshops, forums and multi-media resources. Boundary spanning events promotes innovation and sustainable social change.
5. Civic engagement – Relational Space creates new novel spaces for art and knowledge exchange, Relational Space promotes the quality of life in local, national and international communities.
6. Sustainability – Relational Space measures program outcomes to quantify methodologies and identify mission successes. Metrics are used to tailor strategic planning, demonstrate community impact and ensure feedback loops that lead to sustainable development goals.
Relational Space understands the complex and important role of art and science in free expression and the pursuit of truth. We affirm as a priority dialogue and debate regardless of gender, race, education, class, age, occupation, culture, language, sexuality, religion or ability. Our core values drive our constant pursuit of organizational excellence:
Communication – We communicate in a positive, honest and productive manner within the organization, with our partners and with the public.
Gratitude – Relational Space infuses a culture of gratitude throughout our organization and to all who might contribute to our success.
Diversity – The organization promotes inclusiveness and impartiality in all programming and services.
Innovation – We are committed to crosscutting partnering that creates new opportunities for artistic expression, knowledge creation and knowledge exchange.
Integrity – The gallery adheres to the highest standards of ethics, stewardship and public trust, internally and externally.
Personal Responsibility – Relational Space assumes personal responsibility for organizational effectiveness and initiatives to achieve our mission, with metrics for accountability.
Respect – The organization will demonstrate the highest regard for others, the art entrusted to us and the free exchange of evidence-based information, ideas and opinions.
Teamwork – We promote high performance through cooperative efforts, open communication, collective action and trust, celebrating the contributions made from all levels and partners of the organization.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Leigh W. Jerome, Ph.D. (Founder, Executive Director)
Jane Buzek Breckwoldt MFA, ABD
William E. Newnam, M.A.