Routledge Supports the Arts- Behind the Scenes Interview--Joelle Te Paske

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Routledge Supports the Arts & Humanities: Behind the Scenes Interview

Meet the CAA Media & Content Manager: Joelle Te Paske

Routledge is the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. In honor of Arts & Humanities Month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the people who work behind the scenes in bringing this important research to the public. You've seen some great insights on Arts advocacy from Routledge staff, but this week we are pleased to introduce a behind the scenes look of one of our society partners, CAA.

Please meet: Joelle Te Paske.

Introduce yourself: what is your role?

JT: Hello! Joelle Te Paske here, media and content manager at CAA. I run the organization’s social media channels, make newsletters, conduct interviews, and report on advocacy and issues in the arts and higher ed. 

How did you get involved in working with the arts?

JT: I studied art and politics at NYU’s Gallatin School, a major I titled “Art Practice as Political Play.” Prior to CAA I was a registrar at Paula Cooper Gallery and communications manager at arts nonprofit A Blade of Grass

Why is working in the arts important to you?

JT: I think the arts provide an opportunity to dream and model a more equitable world. 

How does your role directly correlate to having an impact within the art sector?

JT: I see myself as a resource gatherer and sharer for CAA's many audiences. What will art history look like in the future? I want to be part of that conversation. 

Where do you see the future of art and design? Where are we going?

JT: It caused an uproar but I liked ICOM’s revised statement on what a museum is. I want to work in that direction. 

How can we all do our part to support the art movement?

JT: I support the growing movement towards unionization and pay transparency in the art world. Arts workers and adjuncts need to be paid fairly for their labor.  I also think affirming and celebrating everyday creativity is incredibly important.

How do you art?

JT: I’ve been keeping a visual journal for six years. I call it my “cyberfeminist living room.” 

What is a piece of art/artwork in your office or desk area?

JT: An image of Gretchen Bender’s brilliant TV, Text, and Image (Metro Pictures Version), 1990, and Jordan Weber’s American Dreamers Phase 2, 2015. 

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