Jeff Kasper


Usually cited as a social practice artist, educator, and arts organizer, Jeff Kasper works across design-facilitation, public programs, and media, including: text, video, publications, and participatory experiences. His current work explores how trauma-informed practices, nervous system education, empathic communication, and nonviolence impact the design-led learning process; queer health; and public engagement.

Over the years, his work has been dedicated to building cultures of support as an artist working in arts management, community health, and social planning. He has presented his work in the United States and internationally, recently received awards and recidencies for his independent work from Downtown Art, CUE Art Foundation, Art Beyond Sight, OCADU, Social Practice Queens, NYFA Immigrant Artist Program in Social Practice, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Kasper has recieved multi-year grants for institutional collaborations from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and Vilcek Foundation, among others. 

Civic Art Lab, the perennial pedagogy platform he co-founded with Laura Scherling, was awarded an Urban Urge SEED Grant in 2015 and wasfeatured in Futures Worth Preserving: Cultural Constructions of Nostalgia and Sustainability. His various contributions to socially engaged art can be found in other titles such as Art As Social Action: The Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art and Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art. He is the co-editor of More Art In The Public Eye (Duke University Press.)

Kasper holds a MFA from Queens College. He has lectured on interdisciplinary art, design and technology, social engagement, gender and disability studies at The New School, Pratt Institute, Fordham University, and CUNY. Kasper is Assistant Professor of Integrated Design and Studio Art Foundations at University of Massachusetts Amherst where he works in the Department of Art. He lives in Northampton MA and Queens NY.