Portia Cobb is a video artist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Film at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. Cobb has been instrumental in directing and facilitating community-based advocacy centered upon urban Milwaukee. This project uses the creative arts to provide at risk youth with the tools of empowerment and social engagement. She has encouraged young women and men of color who have taken production workshops with her, to become further interested in art or film as a means to further social inquiry.
Cobb has been making nationally recognized documentary films herself since 1989. They include Homecomings, Exhausted, Drive-by Shoot, andNo Justice, No Peace. Her project, Yonges Island, has garnered the support of the very competitive national arts initiative, Creative Capital.