Education: B.S., Cornell University; M.S. Ed. Nazareth College; Ph.D., University of Rochester.
Dr. Bailey’s research focuses on the intersection of school-based curriculum and contemporary youth culture, particularly when adolescents use digital media arts to create short films, music videos, slam poetry, animation, documentaries, etc. in school. He has published articles in blogs, journals and books including: the Huffington Post, the Journal of Digital Culture & Education, and Lights! Camera! Action and the Brain: The Use of Film in Education. He co-authored and received a MacArthur Digital Learning Lab grant in collaboration with the Rochester Public Library and is the co-founder and co-director of The Rochester Teen Film Festival and Rochester Teen Film Camp, both of which grew out of his research on Youth Digital Media Production and Literacy. Prior to Nazareth College, Brian held faculty appointments at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY (USA) and Yale University in New Haven, CT (USA).
Recently, Dr. Bailey's research has expanded to include creating contemporary public art and social intervention projects in local and international contexts. Along with his partner and spouse, Heather Layton, a senior lecturer of art at the University of Rochester, NY, he uses collaborative art as a form of community engagement and international cultural diplomacy. In 2012, Bailey and Layton traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, where they started a youth film festival, orchestrated a public art project with over 200 participants, and co-coordinated an interdisciplinary academic conference titled, Social Intervention 2012: A Better Tomorrow for the Coming Generation. In 2011, they traveled to the tribal region of Nagaland, India, as the first international artists officially invited to the region. During their stay in Nagaland, they co-founded the first annual “Glocal Youth Film Festival”, which screened films by Naga and American youth. The Glocal Film Festival has since become a fully funded annual event at the Hornbill Festival, the largest cultural festival in the Southeast Asian region. Layton and Bailey collaborated with Rasheed Ahmad, a human rights activist in Northern Pakistan, to create Home Drone, a public art intervention and multi-media exhibition that opened in the Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in March 2013. Brian is an avid NY Yankees fan and loves to make home made ice cream; his best flavor to date is a peanut butter and chocolate gelato.
See Dr. Bailey's TED talk here from the 2013 TEDxFlourCity event.