Joe LaMantia

Joe LaMantiaBloomington, Indiana

Discipline(s):  Visual Arts, Mixed Media

Bio:  Joe is a Teaching Artist who since 1993 has helped build community within schools (PK-College) and community organizations.  He has been involved with ArtMix since 1998. Joe has taught at the Boston Architectural Center, Ivy Tech State College (Columbus, IN), and at The Art Institute of Chicago.  He received a Creative Renewal Fellowship in 2002 from the Arts Council of Indianapolis; and in 2007, The Moveable Feast of the Arts Grant from Indiana University for his art project “Writing on the Wall.”

Philosophy:  As a Teaching Artist, my goal is to facilitate the process of creating art collaboratively with schools and community organizations.  This collaboration process is inclusive – children, adults, parents, and teachers.  It is my intention to create an experience that celebrates art by having every individual participant effort become greater than the art itself.  It is the experience that outweighs the art in the end. This is the value of the art.