Marcene is the New York Liaison and National and NY Chapter Member, as well as International Caucus member of Women’s Caucus for Art. WCA is an NGO (non-governmental organization) of the United Nations, actively supporting the UN Millennium Goals. WCA utilizes art as the universal language to engage artists, NGOS, and civil society on a broad range of issues such as gender equity and environmental sustainability.
The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts; providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development; expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women; supporting local, national and global art activism; and advocating for equity in the arts for all.
As a founding member of the Feminist Art Project, WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present.
United Nations Artist
Freedom 58 Project is a collaborative movement working to end modern-day slavery and violent oppression around the world. Through the Faces of Freedom exhibit, artists utilize their talents to bring light to the true stories behind the scourge of slavery and violent oppression. The exhibit invites visitors to follow survivors’ real life journeys from oppression to rescue, restoration, and ultimately freedom. The paintings, each crafted by a critically-acclaimed artist, give viewers a chance to enter into a victim’s experience, reflect on their own stories of injustice, and inspire action. Faces of Freedom exhibit tours nationally, designed to travel to schools, universities, libraries, churches, airports, hospitals and other civic venues. Marcene is one of the exhibiting artists. Learn more
Ballerina Frog and Cricket Boom-Bah! books written and illustrated by Marcene, with musical soundtrack and 3-d characters are transformed into an Integrated Arts Early Education program. A talented team of Artists shape JITTERBUG JAMS© into a fun approachable way to instill a strong foundation for music, dance and more, relating the founding principles of the performing and visual arts, as well as cross-curricular education. The concepts are grounded culturally and historically. Along with props, instruments, and flashcards, the program uses 3-dimensional life sized characters from the books, which are practice buddies. They are designed to move in a way that helps teach children dance movement. Getting children moving to changing rhythms, the program is designed for community outreach and metronome based mindful learning, benefiting students with learning deficiencies, like those related to vision disorders, autism, and ADHD. Learn more
Under development. Spirit Guide arts designed and inspired by fiber artist Dorie Sheridan to promote wellness.
Marcene has facilitated several residencies in the United States, and now paints for part of the year in self-directed residencies in France, and in Italy.
Marcene teaches Visual Arts on a college level, and is rostered with Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and Bottle Works Arts on 3rd Avenue, to work in school settings as well as community and health care facilities, using her art to facilitate participants toward improved wellness, creativity, and painting and drawing skills. In this capacity she has worked with incarcerated youth, addiction recovering individuals, and folks with severe mental and physical challenges. Learn more See Rostered Artists list
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