"My roles as artist and educator are rooted in the same practice and purpose: to generate participatory action as a form of collective engagement towards reparative forms of social justice and a culture of remembrance."
Visiting Artist Lectures
With his a-Historical Landscape series as a platform to discuss topics such as "Art as Social Justice", "The American Picturesque in the Age of Abolitionism" and "Toward an American Culture of Remembrance", Jean-Marc has been a Visiting Artist/Lecturer at SUNY New Paltz, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Vassar College, Pratt Institute, and Bard College as well as museums and cultural institutions such as The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Olana State Historic Site.
Since 2015, Jean-Marc has worked as Museum Educator and Guide at Dia:Beacon, the Dia Art Foundation's repurposed Nabisco box printing plant in Beacon where he has introduced an awe-inspiring contemporary art collection through inquiry-based learning to a wide-ranging audience, from K-12 and University students to corporate CEOs.
A passionate brick collector and devotee of the history of brick making in the Hudson Valley, Jean-Marc has taken his brick making workshops to diverse audiences learning as participants in such settings as Dia:Beacon, the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and the Manifesta 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art in Murcia, Spain.
Brickmaking for Manifesta 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia, Spain
Brickmaking workshop for Community Free Day at Dia:Beacon
Brickmaking workshop at Bard College's Sculpture 300 class
Common Ground Artist-in-Residence Program @ Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Since 2014, The Common Ground program at the Aldrich has invited artists to work side by side with Ridgefield Middle School teacher and core curriculum, borrowing themes and ideas from the museum's exhibits and applying them in a 6-week program, activating the idea-generating impulses of 7th and 8th grade students and steering them to accomplish unanticipated results for concept-based collaborative projects giving voice to students' fears, accomplishments, and heroes.