PJ GUBATINA POLICARPIO is a socially-engaged educator, curator, programmer, writer, and community organizer. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, writing, collaboration, programming, publications, pedagogy and public engagement as both art and tool. PJ creates intersections for meaningful connections between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. He brings dynamic and wide-ranging experience in museum education, youth development, and arts administration, working in both New York City and San Francisco. PJ has managed a yearlong curatorial practice program for teens, coordinated a fellowship program for socially-engaged artists, and has worked as educator in multiple educational settings including The Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Queens Museum where he collaborated on the inaugural Summer Youth Arts Project. A leading voice in museum education, PJ created Engaging Multilingual Students: An Educator's Guide in 2015 and has presented in national conferences including at at The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), National Art Education Association's Museum Education Preconference, New York City Museum Education Roundtable (NYCMER), Open Engagement, and College Art Association (CAA). He is part of the cross-museum think tank Museum as Site for Social Action (MASS Action). PJ has delivered lectures, moderated and participated in panels at The New School, University of Illinois Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Field Museum, Textile Arts Center, MoCADA, Museum of Chinese in America, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) and more. He is co-founder of PAL / Pilipinx American Library, a mobile, non-lending library that centers Filipinx narratives. His publication Textiles of the Philippines is in the collection of The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. PJ has organized exhibitions and public programs at Dixon Place, Knockdown Center, NURTUREart, Queens Museum, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and SFMOMA's Public Knowledge Library. He serves on SOMA Pilipinas' Arts and Culture Committee and is the Youth Programs Manager at The Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Born in the Philippines, PJ is currently based in San Francisco Bay Area, Ohlone homeland.