Access Through the Arts: Lunchtime Interviews 3
September 23 @ 12:00 pm
Robert McBride, Rockingham Arts Project
Jo Cheng, Puppet and It’s Double Theater
Enriching communities through the development of artist spaces in Taiwan and Vermont.
A native of California, Robert McBride received his B.A. in Painting from the University of California at Berkeley and then moved to New York City where he received his M.F.A. from Hunter College. He was a founding member in the late 1970’s of PS 122 (Painting Space), an alternative art space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He purchased a home in Bellows Falls Vermont in 1982.
He currently lives in Bellows Falls Vermont, and is founder of The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) www.ramp-vt.org committed to integrating artists and the arts into the long-term sustainability of the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support: accessibility, affordable housing for artists, artist town meetings and public art initiatives.
Mrs. Cheng is the co-founder and artistic director of the Puppet & Its Double Theater. The productions she directed are well known for being aesthetically intriguing, and many of which have made to the final list of the Taishin Arts Awards. Ms. Cheng has been an advocate of Taiwan puppetry by presenting her works in more than 15 countries around the world. She also invited foreign artists to Taiwan to produce international collaboration and cultural exchange projects,. In 2013, Chia-yin started an ambitious project to set up the “Lìzé Puppet Art Colony”in Yi-lan, which was renovated from the old rice barns and opened in September 2014 as the international laboratory for puppet arts.