PJ GUBATINA POLICARPIO is an arts engager/organizer: an interdisciplinary 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, justice and equality with an intersectional lens through experiences and interactions with art. His extensive 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, and the Y.Dot Youth Docent Program at No Longer Empty in Jamaica Queens, as well as guiding 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, facilitated workshops for educators, and consistently engages in conversations around museums and social justice. A steadfast immigrant and language justice advocate, PJ created Engaging Multilingual Students: An Educator's Guide, presented Translating Power: Intersections Between Language, Hearing, and Identity with Erin Hylton at the 2016 NYCMER Annual Conference and "Wild Tongues": Creating Spaces for Multilingual Voices in Museums at the 2017 NAEA Museum Division Pre-conference. He is a founding Advisory Board Member of Museum Hue. PJ is a member of SHIFT, an NYC-based intersectional collective of cultural workers committed to imagining arts and cultural education outside of existing oppressive paradigms.
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 at the historic Smithsonian Arts & Design Building. 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 in collaboration with the Queens Museum and DOT's One NYC Plaza Equity Program. In conjunction with the Festival, PJ launched the Pilipino American Library PAL, a moveable non-lending library that centers the local and global Filipinx voice.
PJ's expertise in museum education, curatorial and project management, artist relations, and programming has advanced a dynamic roster of artists and partners such as Dixon Place, Cool Culture, Museum Hue, No Longer Empty, More Art, Filipino American Museum, de Young Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, 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 Corona, Queens, NY.