Open Studio Projects, Museum of Temporary Art, Make Work Projects, Canada
Jeff Nachtigall is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, speaker, and social entrepreneur. His work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe and China, and is represented in numerous public and private collections. He is the co-founder of Make Work Projects, a 2000-square foot storefront studio and sometimes art project space, located in the Riversdale district in downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Through working as a full-time artist-in-residence at an assisted living facility for eight years, he developed the Open Studio, a model that he has successfully replicated throughout Canada and the United States. The Open Studio is especially effective in delivering an accessible and relevant creative outlet and experience for individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
He is the founder and director of the Museum of Temporary Art, a roaming multi-city collaborative initiative that engages communities in creative activism, installing large artworks in under-utilized urban spaces, organizing alley walks, and reframing the concept of gentrification in neighborhoods in transition.
Nachtigall is the inventor of the Mobile Painting Device (MPD), an adaptive technology that transforms the wheelchair into a giant paintbrush, giving people living with neurological disabilities opportunity to express themselves on a very large scale.
Nachtigall’s work has been profiled in numerous articles and documentaries, most notably in the National Film Board of Canada’s 2009 feature-length film A Year at Sherbrooke. His work was also featured in the National Center for Creative Aging’s Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging released in 2013.
He consults and advises institutions and organizations throughout Canada, Australia, and the United States on integrating the arts into the fabric of their communities.