& CREATIVE PLACEMAKING
As a curator and a cultural programming director, Taryn collaborates with artists, educators, experts and socially relevant organizations to enhance major exhibitions with immersive art education offerings and inclusive public programs. Regional identity, local individuals/families and visual arts are inextricably interwoven and reciprocal. It is essential to facilitate open opportunities for understanding, sharing and connection without any barriers to participation. In all of her curatorial projects, Taryn incorporates hands-on workshops, complementary lectures and panel discussions, and large-scale multidisciplinary events; many with a specific focus on celebrating youth, minorities, all sexual orientations and gender identities, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.
ART FOR THE EARTH
ARTISTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
In collaboration with Broward County's Cultural Division and Environmental Planning & Community Resilience Division, this event facilitated discussion on the topic of climate change through textile art, watercolor paintings, a theatrical performance by The Alive Group, and poetry readings by graduate students from the University of Miami.
THE PERCEPTION OF COLOR
ART, NEUROSCIENCE & DANCE
An interdisciplinary event that presented the connections between art, color, synesthesia and emotion through a lecture by Dr. Berit Brogaard, an expert in the fields of neuroscience and philosophical psychology. This was followed by an interpretive dance by prominent South Florida performance artists, Jenny Larsson and the Wild Beast Collective.
LITERACY THROUGH ART
This fun-filled, outdoor literacy experience invited children and caretakers to embark on a self-guided journey through oversized pages of the vibrant children’s book 'Thank You, Omu' by Oge Mora. Through a partnership with Broward County Library, guests enjoyed crafts, snacks, games, storytime readings, and a copy of the featured book - all for free.
ADVOCACY GROUPS & NONPROFITS
Taryn coordinates monthly exhibitions that showcase the artwork of students, community groups and nonprofits. These shows have celebrated persons with disabilities at Arts4All Florida, PARC and Schott Communities; individuals in recovery at Art Affects LLC; minority youth at URGENT Inc., to name a few.
FOCUS ON ART ABILITIES
CAREERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM
This dual exhibition and lecture event presented alternative employment opportunities in the arts for those with autism.
Cynthia Drucker, founder of entrepreneurial nonprofit 'Artists with Autism,' discussed the cognitive healing capabilities of art and how artists with autism can gain independence by creating a successful art business.
POP UP EXHIBITION EVENTS
SUPPORTING LOCAL EMERGING ARTISTS
This curated monthly pop-up exhibition series allows emerging visual artists and creative professionals to share their work, network and foster connections. Taryn has promoted artists from organizations such as Artserve, Studio 18, Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator, The Art Prevails Project, Choose954, Art N Soul and countless individual artists.
THE EVOLUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ART
LECTURE & EXPERIENTIAL EVENT
Following a survey of environmental art and eco-art practices, artist and FIU Assistant Professor Fereshteh Toosi led participants in a meditative experiential workshop outdoors. Through amplification apparatus and sensors, guests listened to the hidden music of plants.
DISCUSSION-BASED PODCAST SERIES
In this lighthearted series, Taryn interviews curators and gallery directors such as Meaghan Kent (Art & Culture Center, Hollywood) and Michelle Weinberg (Girls' Club). Topics include career development stories, resources for artists, and 'behind the scenes' anecdotes.
EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL
SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL FILM MAKERS
The Earth Day Film Festival focused on South Florida's filmmakers and featured both narrative and documentary short films focused on the environment, sustainability and the nature of South Florida. This event invited local filmmakers to submit their work for a chance to be chosen for the film festival.
VIRTUAL ART WORKSHOPS
REMOTE ART INSTRUCTION FOR ALL
Available online, these free video art lessons reveal the secrets of successful portraits, figure drawings, landscape paintings and more. Viewers can learn from the next generation of masters as they walk viewers through the technical aspects of drawing faces, the human figure and the natural world around them.