Johanna Taylor is equally dedicated to scholarship and to working with organizations and communities through public programs to connect theory and practice. She has organized public programs that unite scholars, artists, and practitioners in conversation about pressing issues. She has also organized exhibitions and presentations of art projects.
Select collaborations include:
CAIR Lab supports artists-in-residence in government through research, public speaking and launching new programs in collaboration with government staff, artists, and communities. The project is a collaboration uniting Mallory Rukhsana Nezam, Amanda Lovelee, and Johanna Taylor – an interdisciplinary team with professional experience as artists, researchers, arts managers, and government administrators.
The work has been framed in an academic article on artists embedded in government in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society as well as an article about art and equity for city managers published by ICMA.
Johanna Taylor is an advisor for borderless, a global platform connecting audiences and cultural producers through civicly engaged pop culture. She is collaborating on a cultural mapping project which connects local artists, cultural producers, activists, and residents through cultural, social, and political exchange. This work is underway in Karachi with projects in development in Thailand, New Zealand and South Africa.
Taylor has been an embedded researcher in Future IDs, a socially engaged art project that translates advocacy and reform efforts into a visual language to reframe the narrative of reentry. A year-long partnership at Alcatraz became a project, exhibition, and series of community programs about justice reform and second chances after incarceration.
Taylor wrote about the approach to the work along with lead artist Gregory Sale and collaborator Dr. Luis Garcia in Art Practical.
As a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Humanities Research in 2018-19, Johanna worked with co-fellows to organize a two-day symposium. Challenging Power in Place explored deeper conceptions of place beyond limited binaries such as (sub)urban/rural, nation/state, local/global which privilege the stories of men, elites, majorities and the wealthy in a process that renders certain places visible and invisible.
The symposium opened with Spatializing Experience, a walking exploration of the layered histories at Steele Indian School Park that challenged conventional narratives of spatial experiences in this site. This walk was co-organized with the Museum of Walking.
From 2011 to 2016 Johanna Taylor worked to develop programs, collaborate with faculty across The New School, and implement the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics. She co-organized, with Carin Kuoni, Abounaddara. The Right to the Image a three-day conference exploring the themes of filmmaking, revolution, and politics grounded in the work of anonymous Syrian film collective Abounaddara.
A group of artists, scholars, and arts practitioners are gathering over 18 months to examine core conflicts that compel, enrich, and complicate artistic ideas that assume agency to enact social change. Johanna Taylor organized this group in collaboration with the Vera List Center and A Blade of Grass. Supported by the Warhol Foundation.
Imagining America’s national Publicly Active Graduate Education program connects graduate students in the humanities and social sciences dedicated to public scholarship and social justice. Johanna Taylor was a co-director from 2013 to 2016.