Instructor Bios

Juliana Cope is the Special Projects Coordinator for the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP). ISCP is a residency program for emerging and established artists and curators from around the world.  Ms. Cope oversees ISCP’s Participatory Projects in the public realm, facilitating the relationships between artists, curators and a variety of stakeholders. She has served as Director of Multimedia Programs for Puppetry in Practice, Community School Director for the Educational Alliance and was instrumental in creating Portland, Oregon’s first legal art wall. Ms. Cope holds a masters degree in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College and a B.A. in Visual Arts from Oberlin College. She teaches at Parsons and is on the advisory council for Arts@Renaissance, a project of St. Nicks Alliance in North Brooklyn.

Amy Sananman is Groundswell Community Mural Project’s founder and Executive Director. Motivated by her long-standing fascination with murals, Sananman conceived of Groundswell in 1996 with the mission to bring together professional artists, grassroots organizations and communities to create high quality murals in under-represented neighborhoods and inspire youth to take active ownership of their future by equipping them with the tools necessary for social change.  Over the past ten years Groundswell has worked with thousands of community members to complete more than 200 collaboratively designed and painted murals across New York City. From the Bronx to Brooklyn, Groundswell’s murals have visually transformed neighborhoods through celebrating cultural diversity and unity, telling stories of community empowerment and challenges overcome and giving youth a voice to speak to their immediate communities and the general public.  Sananman holds a masters degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.  Her accolades include NYU/Wagner School’s Rudin Award for Community Service through the Arts and the prestigious 2006 Union Square Award for her leadership in developing Groundswell as a grassroots asset. She has presented and served on numerous panels speaking on arts as a tool for social change panels hosted by the Bronx Museum of Art, the New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, Teachers College, CUNY’s Hunter School of Social Work and the Partnership for After School Education. She has lectured at Pratt Institute and the New School. Sananman lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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