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Caroline Woolard co-creates art and institutions for the “new” economy. Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks and from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative to create and support truly affordable commercial space for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City.

Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by residencies and fellowships at MoMA, the Queens Museum, the Judson Church, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, and by unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, her partner, and many collaborators. Recent group exhibitions include: Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Maker Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and Artist as Social Agent, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Woolard’s work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series over the next three years. Woolard is a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and the New School, a project manager at the worker-owned design firm and is a member of the board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.

Caroline Woolard’s artist statement can be downloaded here. For more information, click on PROJECTS above, or scroll down for upcoming events and writing to download. You can also listen to a talk, search flickr and the news, or sign up for the mailing list.


Sep 07 2016

Core Faculty @ SVA MFA Fine Arts

Sep 16 2016

Artists Talk / Workshop @ Cornell University
Workshop with Emilio Poppe and Susan Jahoda of BFAMFAPhD
Conference all day, 10am-4pm

Oct 23 2016

Visiting Artist @ Oxbow School (Napa, CA)
October 23 - November 1

Nov 11 2016

Presenter @ Platform Cooperative Event
I wrote a chapter of the forthcoming book
Edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider
details TBA
New School

Nov 15 2016

Artists Talk @ Bauhaus Universität (Weimar)
7-9pm details TBA

Mar 01 2017

Panel Discussion @ NYAA
For Sharon Louden’s new book
with Mark Tribe, William Powhida, and Deanna Haggag

Mar 10 2017

Workshop @ CERN in Bogota, Colombia
(Re)Drawing the Economy project
with Stephen Healy, Katherine Gibson, and others
(exact date to be determined)

Apr 20 2017

Artists Talk @ Williams College
Workshop, Installation, and Public Engagement
(exact date to be determined)

Jun 05 2017

I’m presenting @ Bolsena, Italy
with the Community Economies Research Network (CERN)
(Re)Drawing the Economy Project
With Katherine Gibson, Stephen Healy, and many more

Jun 26 2017

Session Leader @ Nomad9
June 26 - July 1

Past events



2015 Pathways to Affordable Housing: a year-long series in the LES This is a year-long series about affordable housing in the context of the vibrant and changing neighborhood of the Lower East Side. For residents, neighbors, artists, activists, and citizens, achieving affordable housing for working New Yorkers will be a long-term processes. Join NYCTBD, the Actors Fund, Fourth Arts Block, and Cooper Square Committee to learn about how artists can participate in creative solutions to the affordable housing crisis through cultural organizing, movement building, creative storytelling, and media production. RSVP by clicking the link. Speakers: Rebecca Sauer, Lenina Nadal, Brandon Keilbasa, Tamara Greenfield

2014 New York City, To Be Determined at the Museum of Art and Design In a series of monthly conversations on collective art practices in New York City, a Caroline Woolard, Susan Jahoda, and Stephen Korns brought together artists who are policy advisors, artists who are members of worker-owned businesses, artists who are members of radical pedagogy groups, and artists who are working to implement community land trusts in New York City to discuss possibilities for creating an equitable, collaborative, and culturally vital city. Speakers: Tamara Greenfield, Caron Atlas, Tina Orlandini, Anusha Venkataraman, David Powell, Frances Golden, Ryan Joseph, Kendall Jackman Moderators: Caroline Woolard, Susan Jahoda

2013 Peer Learning: a semester of self-directed learning at MoMA Peer Learning Groups was a self-directed learning program that connected individuals to each other and provided access to MoMA's resources after Museum hours. From February through May, three peer-to-peer learning groups were created and organized based on mutual interests. Through an application process, individuals selected a topic of focus (process, authorship, or economies) and provided supplemental information for other interested applicants. All submissions were reviewed anonymously by other applicants to create clusters of mutual interest.

2013 Learning from Mistakes in Socially Engaged Art From experimental restaurants to performative lectures, from social networks to public protests, artistic practices that focus on group work are gaining visibility. Whether contemporary enthusiasm for social practices comes from a desire for deep interaction in synchronous time, or from austerity measures and the poverty of the welfare state, these social practice must be addressed. This was a lecture series that asks artists, educators, and curators to speak openly about mistakes and possibilities in collaboration, documentation, narration, and commitment. Speakers: Huong Ngo, Natasha Marie Llorens, Mimi McGurl, denisse andrade, Kerry Downey, Laurel Ptak, Christopher Robbins, Eve Tuck, Larissa Harris Moderator: Caroline Woolard

2012 (Re)Producing Value: four lectures at the Museum of Art and Design In the midst of a global economic crisis, alternative economic narratives gain attention. Can grassroots exchange systems (re)produce values of equity, sustainability, and democracy? What is the role of sustainability in discussions about economic possibilities? With MAD as its site of dialogue, barter network, barter school, and public arts organization No Longer Empty presents a series of conversations between economic anthropologists and cultural producers. Join us for six free debates about the history and future of sharing, barter, and exchange. Speakers: Silvia Federici, Mary-Beth Raddon, Jason Pine, Keith Hart, and Stephen Gudeman

2013 BFAMFAPhD: tracing the rise of the professionalized artist This series of lectures by Mark McGurl, Howard Singerman, and Leigh Claire La Berge was curated by Caroline Woolard to share the work of BFAMFAPhD with a wider public. In one event, Mark McGurl, author of The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, and Leigh Claire La Berge, author of the forthcoming Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fictions of the Long 1980s, joined for a dialogue about how the nexus between the university and the market has transformed American fiction, given rise to forms of institutional creativity, and produced new sites for creative collectivities. In another event, Howard Singerman spoke to a small group of art students about the rise of the psychologized critique. This series will continue at

2010 Solidarity Economy: another world already exists Making a series of documentary shorts and an interactive map, the collective SolidarityNYC educated New Yorkers about the solidarity economy. As a group that launched a new economy site a year *before* Occupy Wall Street occurred, our educational materials became immediately popular and have since been used in hundreds of organizing meetings and classrooms around the world. We teach people that New York might seem like the center of cut-throat competition, but that in fact the solidarity economy in New York City is meeting human needs through economic activities–like the production and exchange of goods and services–that reinforce values of justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, and democracy.

2009 Trade School: pedagogies of payment Trade School is a barter-based educational program that ran from 2009-2013 in New York City. Demonstrating that students can pay teachers with barter items and services, and that teachers are interested in educational platforms run on mutual aid, Trade School has spread to fifty cities internationally. See more in PROJECTS.


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