Is There A Pattern?

Urban Investigations

Is There A Pattern?

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Parents' Rights During COVID-19

Technical Assistance

Parents' Rights During COVID-19

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Public Access Design

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Field Guide to Federalism

City Studies

Field Guide to Federalism

Meet the Teaching Artist: Hugo Rojas

Meet the Teaching Artist: Hugo Rojas

In these uncertain times, many artists are losing sources of income and opportunities for work. We’re keeping an updated list of resources here (including grants and relief funds for artists). But we also want to shine a light on the important cultural work of our skilled community of visual artists, designers, and teaching artists.

For our latest installment of Meet the Teaching Artist, we sat down with Hugo Rojas!

Hugo currently lives in New York City where he has been exploring photography, video and street art as a means of intervention. His artwork has been exhibited in Mexico, the United States, and Spain. Hugo completed his graduate degree in Media Studies at the New School.

Why were you interested in becoming a Teaching Artist?

As an artist and educator, a teaching artist position at CUP allows me to continue extending my social practice by getting involved with teaching and creating curriculum of a diverse series of topics that are influential in students’ communities. 

How would you describe your artistic practice?

I like to make art that is: Inclusive, art that invites interaction (with space, with people). Accessible, in terms of the creation of it and the reach to it. I like to make art projects that can be reproduced (public art, street art, community based projects). Temporal. Nothing is forever, but at least that creates evolution of ideas. And art that is creative, I like to make art that invites action

What is a project you’re working on now that you’re excited to reveal soon?

Right now, I’m working in a project called Yo Soy. Identidad en tiempos de encarcelamiento, “I am. Identity in times of incarceration." This is a series of art workshops in a juvenile correctional center at San Jose, Costa Rica exploring identity during incarceration thought art. Inmates will have the opportunity to create art and show their artwork in a gallery in San Jose to help initiate a conversation about the need of art programs in their center.

How has collaborating with CUP impacted your work moving forward?

The collaboration with CUP has been great. Their teaching methodologies and access to stakeholders in diverse topics has broadened my teaching and understanding of teaching/learning. In general, I can say that this collaboration has made be a better artist and educator.

What is your secret skill that has nothing to do with your art and educator work?

I can make a delicious Mexican noodle soup.

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Show Up

Public Access Design

Show Up

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

Know Your Lines

Making Policy Public

Know Your Lines

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground