Director – Matthew Slaats
A native of Wisconsin, Matthew completed his MFA and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and his BA in Archaeology from the University of Evansville in 1999. His artistic career has a vast array of interests focusing around community engagement, performance, installation, video, and sound. This has led him to pursue various media based projects that explore the relationship between people and place. In 2009 he completed a community image archiving project in Hyde Park, NY and a mobile gaming project in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2010 he started working with Middle Main Revitalization to support the development of cultural assets in Poughkeepsie. That same year he travel to the Philippines as a part of the Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts Festival which lead him to start PAUSE.