Jen Delos Reyes: The Social Weavers

Date: October 24, 2019
Time: 6-7:30 pm

Since 2007 Jen Delos Reyes has been at the helm of Open Engagement—an artist-led initiative committed to expanding the dialogue around and serving as a site of care for the field of socially engaged art.

In conjunction with the exhibitions Wild and Tapestry of Spirit, Delos Reyes will give a talk exploring the ways that socially engaged artists work as what David Brooks describes as “weavers”, connecting communities, reinforcing connections, and strengthening the social fabric.

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Photo by Anjali Pinto


Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable artist-led culture. Delos Reyes worked within Portland State University from 2008-2014 to create the first flexible residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States and devised the curriculum that focused on place, engagement, and dialogue.  During that time she also worked with the Portland Art Museum from on a series of programs and integrated systems that allowed artists to rethink what can happen in a museum, and reinvigorate the idea of the museum as a public space.

She is the director and founder of Open Engagement, an artist-led initiative and conference committed to expanding the dialogue around and serving as a site of care for artists working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. Delos Reyes is the author of I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning, a book exploring the artist impetus toward art and everyday life. Her next book, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Public Engagement* *But Were Afraid to Ask, will be released in fall 2019.

Delos Reyes currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where she is the Associate Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago.