COFAC CoLab

The COFAC CoLab is an incubator for ideas, projects and collaboration. The lab is a home for interdisciplinary work. It's a hub where ideas can be cross-fertilized and put into motion. Designed as a space where fields of study are porous, the objective is to build new knowledge for an ever-evolving world.

2021-24 Theme: Invisible Architectures

Professor’s Dr. Kalima Young, (Department of Electronic Media & Film) and Ada Pinkston (Department of Art + Design, Art History Art Education) have been selected to be Towson University’s new College of Fine Arts and Communications CoLab Directors from 2021-2024.

Inspired by the truth and reconciliation process, their project, Invisible Architectures is a multi-year, interdisciplinary container designed to create avenues for projects and programs that reinscribe the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous and Immigrant populations in the narrative of Towson University. It also aims to make visible the place-based strategies and cultural frictions that have contributed to Towson University’s growth and development as an anchor institution in Baltimore.

Every year will explore Invisible Architectures through a different framework. The first year is dedicated to defining truth and reconciliation, while unearthing Towson University’s history of place-based frictions. The second year will explore the archival silence which informs the way art is produced and taught within the Center of Fine Arts and Communications. The final year of Invisible Architectures is dedicated to producing scholarship that will create a new, more equitable archive for the university as it continues to create an anti-oppressive and anti-racist educational environment.

Though housed within the Center of Fine Arts and Communications, the CoLab directors wish to engage the overall Towson University community, the larger USM system, and local communities surrounding the college. In doing so, Invisible Architectures hopes to create a blueprint for embedding truth and reconciliation processes within educational institutions in Maryland.


Current Project | Spring 2022

EAST TOWSON CRITICAL CONFABULATIONS: MAY 14, 6–9 P.M.

Join us for an evening of art+conversation to learn about Historic East Towson, a Black neighborhood founded in the 1850s.

East Towson Critical Confabulations is a mixed media art event that will circle around the questions that consider how the past impacts the present. Musicians, dancers, visual artists, theater artists, video artists, and mixed media artists will be asked to respond to a series of questions including but not limited to: How can we remember the stories that are intentionally forgotten? How do we reconcile a toxic past to build a more healthy future?

From music to theater, to video projects, artists of many media will develop a creative space that honors and uplifts the African American community in the blocks that are often overlooked. Register

Featuring artworks in progress by

  • Sheila Gaskins
  • Ailish Hopper
  • Noor Khan
  • Jamal Moore
  • + Students from TU

PARTNERS: Northeast Towson Improvement Association + Towson University

If you have any questions, contact Co-Lab Co-Director,


CoLab Directors

Ada Pinkston

Ada Pinkston, MFA | Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

Ada Pinkston is an artist, educator, and cultural organizer living and working in Baltimore, MD, where she is a lecturer in Art Education at Towson University. Her work explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies using performance, digital media, and mixed-media sculptures and installations. She is currently a Monument Lab transnational Fellow facilitated by Goethe Institute and part of the inaugural cohort of artists participating in LACMA x Snap AR Monument Project.

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Kalima Young

Kalima Young, PhD | Department of Electronic Media and Film

Dr. Kalima Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. Her research explores the impact of race and gender-based trauma on Black identity and Black cultural production.  A Baltimore native, videographer, and activist, Dr. Young served on the leadership team for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture’s Monument Quilt Project from 2014-2019.  She is also a member of Rooted, a Black LGBTQ healing collective. Her new manuscript, Mediated Misogynoir: The Erasure of Black Women and Girls’ Pain the Public Imagination is scheduled to be released by Rowman and Littlefield’s Lexington Books in 2022.

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Contact Information

Program Directors

COFAC CoLab
Kalima Young & Ada Pinkston
Location
Center for the Arts, Room 2085
Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone