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Interview with Peter Krsko and Alicia Cosnahan

Object Details

Anacostia Community Museum
Scope and Contents
Peter Krsko and Alicia Cosnahan talk about Albus Cavus, a non-profit public arts organization in southeast Washington, D.C., and their personal work. Artist Peter Krsko considers himself an explorer, and combines science and art to complete his work; he explains discovery and sharing are inspirations for his work. As a co-founder of Albus Cavus, Krsko explains that Albus Cavus is a collective of artists, educators, and other creative people interested in creating interactive public spaces. The collective runs workshops (interactive performances) and educational programs about art, technology, and community dynamics. Krsko explains how Albus Cavus engages the community in the development of the interactive public spaces, which increase creativity and learning opportunities of the community. He describes the artwork - murals and sculptures - created through Albus Cavus' workshops and programs. Krsko also describes the state of art east of the Anacostia River; there are lots of creative people but not enough places for people to share their artwork. Artist and educator Alicia Cosnahan, a coordinator of Albus Cavus workshops, explains the inspiration and creative process involved in coordinating the workshops. She describes the intimacy of the workshops because of their size and the opportunity to work with local D.C. artists. She explains how Albus Cavus workshop participants bring what they learn through the workshops back into their communities. Cosnahan talks about the inspiration for her personal projects as a painter, art in society, the importance of art, and the effect art has on people. She also explains what is creativity is to her and why she loves public art.
Interview. Dated 20101203.
1 Video recording (MiniDV)
Archival materials
Video recordings
Civic leaders
African Americans
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Collection Rights
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Interview with Peter Krsko and Alicia Cosnahan, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.01-007.16, Item ACMA AV005223
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