Fund the Change 2017: PJ Gubatina Policarpio

06/1/2017

We are thrilled to introduce you to Fund the Change recipient PJ Gubatina Policarpio

Pronouns: he/him/his

Twitter: @pjpolicarpio

Instagram: @pjpolicarpio 

Website: www.pjpolicarpio.net

About PJ: A profile of PJ from the waist up in a field with tall grass. (Photo by Julia Forrest)

PJ GUBATINA POLICARPIO is an arts organizer: a socially engaged artist, curator, programmer, writer, and educator. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, archive, collaboration, curatorial, education and public engagement as both art and tool. PJ is committed to making art accessible for everyone, creating multifaceted opportunities for meaningful connections between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. Central to his practice is critical awareness, social justice and equality with an intersectional lens through experiences and interactions with art and culture.

We asked PJ…

What does your activist, social justice, anti-racism, and/or anti-oppression work look like?

My activism is rooted in the challenge and refusal of idea/s that does not consider the rich and diverse contributions, perspectives, narratives and histories of all people. That means I am often asking: Who’s voice is missing? Who is silenced? Who is not heard?

What do you want to see change in the arts/museums/cultural sectors?

I wish that the arts, museum, and cultural sector would recognize the fullness and humanity, in all of its rich diversity, of all people whether as visitors, volunteers, teens, museum workers/staff members, and leaders.

PJ, with his head tilted, holding up his chain necklace with his hand, in front of a large photograph of a young man doing the same, holding out a chain necklace with a large banana on it. (Photo by Renee Best; artwork featured: Platano Pride by Miguel Luciano) What do you wish arts/museum/cultural sector leadership would do differently?

I wish that museum leaders are able to imagine more. Here, I am reminded of a personal favorite adage from Dr. Mae Jemison: Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.

Who are your mentors? What inspires you?

I am so fortunate to learn from and be in conversation with so many brilliant and inspiring mentors and friends like Monica O. Montgomery and Stephanie Cunningham of Museum Hue, Aleia Brown and Adrienne Russel of #MuseumsRespondtoFerguson, Adriel Luis, Lauren Zelaya, Jessica Lynne, Kimberly Drew, Lindsay Catherine Harris, Becky Aleman, Ryan Wong, Keonna Hendrick, Jeannette Rodriguez Pineda, SHIFT NYC, the MASS Action team, and so many others who everyday I see continually challenge and expand what it means to be a part of the arts, museum, and culture sector. I am inspired by carefree little Black and Brown kids who know the world belongs to them and they belong in the world.

How can we support you and your work?

Check out my site: www.pjpolicarpio.net and let’s work together!


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