FEATURING: Casey Kelbaugh
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MISSION?
I’ve always had a natural impulse to bring people together and help form connections between them. For 15 years, I’ve used food and art to facilitate these connections through my non-profit organization, Slideluck. We’ve hosted multimedia slideshows combined with potluck dinners in over 100 cities and have presented the work of over 10,000 artists.
HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
I work as an editorial and commercial photographer, which nourishes me creatively and pays my bills. However, for the last 10 years or so, I’ve devoted the lion’s share of my energy to building Slideluck. It wasn’t conscious shift to putting so much focus into this project, but my impulses are to jump from project to project, medium to medium and I wanted to see what would happen if I really committed to a project and stuck with it, through thick and thin. Thankfully, the last couple years have been much more thick than thin.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT TO DATE?
It’s been an exciting year. Went to Slideluck launches in Istanbul, Fez, Miami, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok as well as Oslo, Tel Aviv and San Francisco. Slideluck published our first book, Hungry Still, through our London chapter and it’s gorgeous. Our Youth Initiative expanded to East LA, Harlem, East New York and now the Bronx. I was also asked to give a talk at the Brooklyn Museum and had my photos included in a multimedia performance at BAM.
ANY PERSON YOU WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO IN THE INDUSTRY?
I have so many Slideluck team members, supporters, local directors, patrons and volunteers to thank. Beginning with Alys Kenny, who initially helped me get it off the ground and get it to a global audience. Following her Wren Noble, Nicole Pangelinan, Carly Planker, Jen Plaskowitz, Sasha Okshetyn, Suchan Vodoor, Mesha Bhansali, Maria Teresa Salvati, Andres Ronderos, Rachael Gardner, Andrew McFarland, Jordan Frand, Rachel Langosch, Winston Struye and so many others.
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT ADHESIVE?
I heard about it fairly early on, when it was still at Sweet and Vicious, but it was already drawing at least a hundred people. I walked in and felt like I knew everyone there because there was so much crossover with the Slideluck community. Since then, we’ve collaborated on a number of occasions we’ve always felt a great deal of love and support from the Adhesive community!
Member Name: Casey Kelbaugh
Profession: Photographer, Photo Editor, and Founder of Slideluck
Industry: Arts and media
Website: http://caseykelbaugh.com, http://slideluck.com
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