PJ GUBATINA POLICARPIO is an arts organizer: a socially-engaged artist, curator, programmer, writer, and educator. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, archive, collaboration, curatorial, education and public engagement as both art and tool.
PJ is committed to making art accessible for everyone, creating multifaceted opportunities for meaningful connections between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. Central to his practice is critical awareness, social justice and equality with an intersectional lens through experiences and interactions with art. His extensive and intergenerational art education experience include: facilitating school group visits at Brooklyn Museum, teaching residencies in public schools through the Queens Museum, engaging families at The Museum of Modern Art, working with youth through Brooklyn Museum's Teen Night Planning Committee, Summer Youth Arts Project at Queens Museum, Y.Dot Youth Docent Program in Jamaica, Queens with No Longer Empty, and teen curators with Project Curate at Juan Morel Campos High School in Brooklyn, as well as working with adult immigrants through the New New Yorkers Program at Queens Museum.
A leading voice in museum education, PJ has presented in conferences and think tanks nationally including NYCMER, AAM, NAEA, Open Engagement and MASS Action. He has facilitated workshops for educators and consistently engages in conversations and actions around museums and social justice. A steadfast immigrant and language justice advocate, PJ created Engaging Multilingual Students: An Educator's Guide and presented "Wild Tongues": Creating Spaces for Multilingual Voices in Museums and Translating Power: Intersections Between Language, Hearing, and Identity with Erin Hylton. PJ is a member of SHIFT, a NYC-based intersectional collective of cultural workers committed to imagining arts & cultural education outside of oppressive paradigms and sin título a QPOC curatorial and programming collective. He is a founding Advisory Board of Museum Hue.
PJ's interactive project Hinabi: Philippine Textile Lab was featured in CROSSLINES: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality presented by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center. The book Textiles of the Philippines was published for the occasion and is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum's Thomas J. Watson Library. In 2016, PJ founded and curated the inaugural Filipino American Book Festival at Diversity Plaza in collaboration with the Queens Museum and DOT's One NYC Plaza Equity Program. Inspired by the Festival's energy, PJ launched the PAL / Pilipinx American Library, a moveable non-lending library that centers the local and global Pilipinx voice. As an independent curator, PJ has organized exhibitions and public programming in various spaces in New York City.
PJ's expertise in museum education, youth development, curatorial and project management, artist relations, and programming has advanced a dynamic roster of artists and collaborators such as Cool Culture, Dixon Place, No Longer Empty, More Art, Filipino American Museum, de Young Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of the City of New York, and The Museum of Modern Art.
Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco Bay Area, PJ is currently based in Queens, NY.