In 2019, Chris Randolph and Carol Adinolfi, working artists and friends for many years, founded Dovetail Arts, an organization for bringing together visual art and creative writing. They set out to create workshops that take an experimental and intuitive approach to art and writing.
Carol is a writer who incorporates visual art into her process. Chris is a painter and art therapist. As facilitators, they dovetail the processes of art and writing to create new, useful, and exciting experiences for participants.
In March of 2020, they offered “From Where We Are,” a free six-week workshop created in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Their goal was to give people an opportunity, through art and writing, to find expression for the experience of living in this historical moment.
The workshops took off, and since that time Chris and Carol have been developing and expanding the scope of Dovetail Arts.
DOVETAIL ARTS: our projects &mission
Our goal going forward is to make our workshops widely available to justice involved individuals.
Collaborating and partnering with organizations and institutions of higher learning, we aim to support the mission of providing alternatives to incarceration through our creative and trauma informed teaching methodology.
We will also strive to support and augment initiatives currently in place providing educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals.
CURRENT & ONGOING WORKSHOPS
Our focus is on experimentation and discovery, and working together with all kinds of people from many backgrounds and with varying levels of experience. Directives and experiments for both art and writing are designed to help participants incorporate art-making into daily life.
We draw from many influences including the ideas of political and psychological and philosophical thinkers, artists, playwrights, poets, pop culture, music and dance.
LCAT, ATR-BC, VISUAL ARTIST
FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, & MENTOR
THE ROCKLAND LIVING MUSEUM
In 2010, Chris founded the Rockland Living Museum, an open art studio, at Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, NY. She has worked extensively mentoring artists in their creative processes as well as provided ongoing support for their psychological health and growth. At Rockland Psychiatric 40% of her clients were formerly incarcerated and she has a deep interest in offering creativity workshops to this population.
Chris has worked with over one hundred graduate and undergraduate interns, supervising their professional development and advising them on their career paths.
Chris taught painting to high school students at Sarah Lawrence College and has presented therapeutic art workshops at the Queens Museum, Hofstra University, St Thomas Aquinas College, and Hopper House.
Chris has been painting for 45 years and has shown her work at the Queens Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Hopper House.
Chris is a New York State licensed art therapist as well as a nationally board-certified art therapist. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Pratt Institute.
TEACHER, WRITER, VISUAL ARTIST, EDITOR
Throughout a teaching career that spans twenty-five years, Carol has worked with students of many ages and walks of life. As Writing Consultant for the Brooklyn Public Library Literacy and Prison Services Program, she led creative writing workshops at the Brooklyn House of Detention for Men.
Carol is currently spearheading a project within Dovetail Arts designed for working with incarcerated individuals, and for collaborating with existing prison education and reentry programs.
In addition to teaching privately, she has served as a consultant and staff developer for the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project. In that role she worked with faculty and administrators of New York’s inner-city public schools to make creative writing central to the Literacy curriculum.
She has also facilitated writing workshops as part of the St. Joseph's Orphanage Restorative Inquiry, a project involving individuals who suffered severe physical and emotional abuse as children. As part of that project, she edited a collection of the S.J.O.R.I Writers' Group's poetry and non-fiction, due out this September:
CONSULTANT, PROGRAM FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
As Writing Consultant for the Brooklyn Public Library Literacy & Prison Services Program, Carol led poetry workshops at the Brooklyn House of Detention for Men. She also taught library administrators, staff and literacy program volunteers how to incorporate creative writing into their workshops. She founded and directed a six-year project as part of Bennington College’s Quantum Leap program for at-risk youth in public schools. As part of that role, she mentored and supervised Bennington undergraduate and graduate students in the teaching of creative writing and visual art.
EDUCATION & TEACHING APPROACH
Carol received her master’s degree from The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her undergraduate work at Sarah Lawrence was concentrated in Creative Writing and Education. She has been a working writer for thirty-five years, and visual art has always been an intrinsic part of that process. She has developed an approach to teaching that is informed by the daily practice of a writer’s life.