MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Unity Charter School Board of Trustees announces the hiring of its new Integrated Arts Teacher, Barbara M. Bickart.

Bickart is an interdisciplinary video artist, whose project-based, socially engaged practice has developed over the past twenty years. Her work is informed by the disciplines of video & filmmaking,  performance and documentary studies with intersectionality at its center. It takes the form of video installation, video performance, experimental documentary, and mixed-media. Working throughout the U.S. and internationally, she has collaborated with marginalized communities such as LGBTQIA artists and activists in the U.S., Croatia, and Hungary, incarcerated women and boys in the U.S. and Brazil,  families impacted by the rapid gentrification of their urban neighborhoods in the U.S., children in foster care in New York City, multigenerational residents of red-lined neighborhoods in North Philadelphia, young girls throughout metro Atlanta, and dancers in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Her work has been exhibited in theaters, galleries, museums and public spaces globally, including locations London, Argentina, Israel, Croatia, Australia, Russia, Romania, Uruguay, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Memphis, and venues include Diverseworks Artspace, Houston; Galerija Nova, Zagreb; Martin Luther King National Historic Site, Atlanta; Atlanta Film Festival; On the Boards, Seattle; Dance Theater Workshop, NYC; Jersey City Museum, NJ; the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; the Painted Bride Arts Center,  Philadelphia, PA; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, among others. 

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Bickart has a facility for creating a safe place for individuals to take artistic risks.  She has created a strong framework for creativity, and her work naturally encompasses multiple aspects of Education for Sustainability (EfS), the cornerstone for Unity Charter School’s mission. She has strong collaboration skills and is excited about creating new programs and community relationships, and she brings a sense of adventure to artmaking at Unity, and the larger Morristown community.

Bickart has received multiple awards from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's "Artists and Communities" funding program, fellowships and residencies from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Artist Resource Media program of Dance Theater Workshop, NYC, New York State Council on the Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding  and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Bickart received her M.A. from the New School for Social Research in Media Studies. You can view her artwork and CV at https://barbarabickart.com

"The Unity community wishes a fond farewell to our previous integrated arts teacher, Jenny Ketrow", said Unity Charter School. "Through her efforts as well as those of our administrative team and the commitment and dedication of all our teachers and staff, Unity Charter School’s students continue to experience the exceptional mission-minded sustainability education available only at Unity".

For more information about Unity Charter School, visit www.unitycharterschool.org