Live, Work, Play: How Can Art Bring Us Together?

Program Description

Bevill uses open-ended questions to lead participants through a discussion sparked by contemporary art – the art of our time. How might change happen? How might we build connection and community? How might where we are shape who we are? This program explores the role that contemporary art can play in our daily lives through fun, art-based ice-breakers, dynamic discussion and close looking, and interactive prompts. Bevill leads audiences to think critically about art through the lens of lived experiences. She explores how pieces were made, what was unfolding in the artists’ lives as they worked, and how all of this touches our lives today. This dynamic workshop is appropriate for children, teachers, staff, boards, or any community group hoping to deepen relationships and bring more connection and creativity into their lives.

Presenter Bio

Jenny Bevill is a dynamic educational leader with more than 20 years experience teaching in public schools, museums, and community centers in New York City and Montana, including a decade at the Guggenheim Museum from 2004-2014. Jenny served as the Educator and Outreach Specialist at the Missoula Art Museum from 2018-2021 where she helped develop the distance learning platform, Museum as Megaphone, and the Art Host Initiative which connects Tribal nations across Montana with the museum to share contemporary Indigenous art. Jenny has taught and/or created content for many statewide arts organizations in Montana including the Office of Public Instruction, the Montana Arts Council, and Flathead Valley Community College. She has been a workshop leader for Humanities Montana since 2016 where she now coordinates the statewide Democracy Project for teens. Jenny serves on the Advisory Committee for KALICO Art Center and supports other grassroots arts organizations in mentoring, teaching, and curating roles. She was voted National Arts Education Association Teacher of the Year by her peers in 2022.

Jenny is passionate about facilitating shared experiences for all ages, abilities, and identities inspired by works of contemporary art. Her workshops are grounded in creativity research, social emotional learning, and embodied practices that foster connection and deeper understanding of one another and the issues of our time. She helps participants unlock their self-expression and have hard conversations by cultivating growth mindset, curiosity, resilience, and other creative behaviors. Jenny is committed to helping folks use these skills to alleviate suffering and amplify previously silenced voices.


Jennifer Bevill
Teaching Artist and Creative Workshop Leader