Marisa Jahn: CareForce

Artist Talk, Workshop

Marisa Jahn: CareForce

Wed, Mar 30, 2016 5:00 pm-8:00 pm 372 Ryder Hall
Artist Talk, Workshop Wed, Mar 30, 2016
5:00 pm-8:00 pm 372 Ryder Hall

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 10.58.27 AMBehind every individual who needs care is a superhero team — or Careforce.

CareForce is a public art project initiated by lead artist Marisa Morán Jahn bolstering America’s fastest growing workforce — caregivers — and the diverse people who champion the growing national movement for domestic worker justice. Through hands-on workshops, exhibitions, dance sessions, interactive media, and pit-stops in our mobile studio (the CareForce One), the CareForce sparks the public imagination to transform caregiving relationships and move policy forward.

Students participating in Marisa’s workshop with Dr. Alessandra Renzi’s course will draw, move, and design specific tools and memes to more efficiently communicate fair care principles to younger generations as part of CareForce. The workshop entitled: “Designing a CareForce Toolkit for the Panini Generation” is for those who are squeezed between the caregiving needs of the young and the old, the “Panini generation”. As the unprecedented wave of Babyboomers retire en masse, and without adequate policies in place to alleviate the staggering cost of care, the burden of carework will fall increasingly on the shoulders of younger generations. At the same time, the majority of domestic workers (nannies, housekeepers, caregivers who are predominantly immigrant women of color) struggle to put bread on their own tables. What are the ways that young people can play in bostering a movement that increases quality and affordable care options and strengthens caregivers’ socio-economic stability? And what role does border policy reform and art play in achieving this principle of Fair Care = Quality Care?

The superhero team behind every individual who needs care. Others behind the wheel include filmmaker Yael Melamede, Nulawlab at Northeastern University, and leading and key organizations transforming how we see carework (Caring Across Generations, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Boston’s Brazilian Worker Center, and the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers).

This workshop is open to other students in addition to Alessandra’s course “The Border as Medium.”For more information, please contact Thomas Vannatter, Program Coordinator at

Supported in part by the Northeastern University Honors Program.

Arts-Innovation_MarisaMoranJahn_CreditCourtesyoftheArtist-350x262An artist of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn founded Studio REV-, a non-profit whose artworks include El Bibliobandido (a masked bandit who eats stories), Byproduct (a book about embedded artists), Contratados (a Yelp! for migrant workers), an audionovela app for domestic workers that CNN named as “one of 5 apps to change the world”, and the CareForce (a project about America’s fastest growing workforce — caregivers — that includes two mobile studios, the NannyVan and the CareForce One). Jahn has created 3 books about art and politics. Jahn’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Forum, BBC, Univision; featured at diverse venues ranging from The White House to worker centers to museums like the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, Walker Art Museum; and awarded from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, and apexart Franchise exhibition. A graduate from MIT, Jahn has taught at the American Museum of Natural History, The New School, and is an advisor to Northeastern University School of Law’s innovation initiative — Nulawlab.


372 Ryder Hall