Today: Building the Culture of the Commons in Queens

Building the Culture of the Commons in Queens
Saturday March 24th

location 1: 12-2pm
location 2: 2-4pm

The 37th Road Commons
37th Road Plaza • Jackson Heights  (google map)
Btw. 73rd & 74th Sts. 1 blk. north of Roosevelt Ave.
(Roosevelt Ave./74th St.: E, F, M, R, &7 trains)

Noon to 1 PM – Party and Play Time
Bring the family for games, free play, live music and potluck lunch at “The 37th Road Commons”*

1 – 2 PM – Meet – Talk – Think
We will create a space in which everyone has equal voice on the issues that matter to most.
Discussions on:

* Housing and Foreclosure in Queens coordinated by OQ Housing Working Group
* Democracy for All and Residents Voting coordinated by the OQ Voting Rights Working Group
* Immigrants and Workers Rights coordinated by Yadira Sanchez with Worker’s Justice Project/ Proyecto de Justicia Laboral

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The Immigrant Movement International
108-59 Roosevelt Avenue (google map)
(Subway: Train 7 Flushing Local or Express, exit at the 111th)

2 – 4 PM – Social Assembly
People from Occupy Queens along with the Commons Coalition and Organization from Jackson Heights, Woodside and Corona are getting together to share their ideas and knowledge on how the different ways in which a politics of the commons can be developed. In particular, we are interested in understanding how groups and communities working on housing, health care, education, food, human and workers rights, energy, immigration, information technology, and communication and knowledge resources can develop a vision of these resources as commons: a third form of social organization to the state and corporate capitalism.

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Commons Coalition website:

Arts & Labor Alt Econ page:

Arts & The Commons, an Arts & Culture thematic group page:

Tonight: Gran Fury Teach-In, March 23rd 7-9pm

Occupy Wall Street // Arts & Labor
Teach-In with Gran Fury

Friday, March 23, 7-9 PM
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building,
34 Stuyvesant Street between Second and Third Avenues, NYU

What can the Occupy movement learn from the intersection of visual
arts and direct action in groups like Gran Fury and ACT UP? To explore
this question, please join Arts & Labor for a teach-in and discussion
with members of Gran Fury, an art collective active from 1988 to 1995
that grew out of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power).

Some of the questions that might emerge from this discussion include:
How did ACT UP and Gran Fury target not only broader cultural
attitudes about AIDS, but specific laws, regulations, and government
policies, and did that require tactics different from those of OWS?
How were specific targets (for instance, access to healthcare and the
price of prescription drugs) part of a larger economic system? How did
ACT UP and Gran Fury critique these systemic problems, and how can
this critique be advanced today? How did a movement that began largely
through the efforts of white, gay men deal with issues of diversity?
How can activist groups build alliances and coalitions? How do we
navigate the relation between a smaller affinity group and a larger
social movement?

Central to our discussion is the question of how artists and art
workers participate in social movements and how art, activism, and
direct action functioned then and now.

About Gran Fury
Gran Fury originally formed as an affinity group to organize an
exhibition on the AIDS crisis at the New Museum, “Let the Record
Show. . .” (1987), and went on to create numerous media interventions
in the form of posters, billboards, and public service announcements
aired on television. They produced such visually striking graphics as
“The Government Has Blood on Its Hands,” “Read My Lips,” “Kissing
Doesn’t Kill,” and “Women Don’t Get AIDS (They Just Die From It).” An
exhibition of their works is currently on view through March 17 at
80WSE, New York University.

An online archive of their work is available from the New York Public Library at:

For a brief summary of their history, see the interview with Douglas
Crimp here:

This event is part of an ongoing series of educational initiatives and
direct actions organized by the Occupy Wall Street Arts & Labor group.

more info:

Meeting Minutes: Feb 20, 2012

Meeting Minutes
Monday February 20, 2012

Minutes by: Antonio
Attendees: Eric (@recodebarcode), Paul (@artforhumans), Mark, Antonio (@antonioserna), Adrian (@adrian)

Report backs

1. Adrian says we got an email from the tech Tech team saying we need minutes up online. Tech team will use the blog for the news to feed into

2. Paul says Occupy with Art has several projects coming to life- Occupy! low-lives in 12 countries March 3rd.//Wall Street to Main Street WS2MS.  March 17 launch through May. Also working with Mark Read – The Illuminator. – instant cinema, and Arts & Culture Space team – meeting for multipurpose space. Business plan. Structures discussed. Hyperallergic exhibition coming up, and also applying for a space at Recess: re-imagining art space for the 99%, and RevGames coming to do past videos pre-sept 17th.

Antonio– clarification question: what about calendar/reservation tool, still no access/info on calendar for Hyperallergic space use, i.e google embedded calendar created by Adrian.

Paul– Still working to sinc this to HA reservation tool.

Antonio– I’m super busy right now, but for the sake of transparency,  I can offer list the calendar events if you can just set me up to receive reservation info.

3. Eric – Occutour- raids and evictions in Pittsburgh and buffalo put a downer on the CccuTour.

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Save the Date: April 1st – OWS Arts Cluster!

OWS Arts Cluster April 1, 2012Calling all OWS Arts Groups: The first OWS Arts Cluster has been announce for the evening of April 1st, 6pm @ The Commons Brooklyn.

We are asking all Art Groups to RSVP to present their work from the last 6 months & help plan for the future. More info here:

**we also need volunteers to help with the event and outreach.


The Significance of Art in the Occupy Movement

Panel this weekend at the Left Forum, with a few good friends of Arts & Culture…

Saturday March 17th, 2012
3:00pm – 4:50pm / Session 3

Pace University
1 Pace Plaza
Room W605, 6th fl.
New York, Ny

The Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) has altered conceptions of the international socio-political environment on the left, and has accordingly sent shock-waves throughout the realm of art and culture. In solidarity with OWS, artists took their work to the streets, creating on-site carnivalesque performances as forms of protest. Artists globally designed posters and logos to collectively construct the aesthetic appeal of the movement, and more significantly, diverse groups of artists organized to “Occupy Museums,” such as the MoMA, the Frick Collection, and New Museum, critiquing them as as “temples of cultural elitism.” Occupy Museums claims that the mainstream art world circuit is complicit in neoliberal capitalism and caters to the interests of the “1%.” Overall, OWS has renewed a sense of political urgency within the art world that has up to now been relegated to the margins. This panel critically investigates the role of art and culture in the Occupy movement, and how OWS has affected the infrastructure of the mainstream art world. What role does art play in the political struggles that OWS seeks to accomplish? In what ways is OWS a resource for creating change in the way art is produced, received, and distributed? These questions, among others, will act as the touchstone for artists and cultural theorists to asses how art and politics affect each other as the OWS continues to take form.

Sponsoring Journal: Platypus Affiliated Society
Moderated by
Chris Mansour.
Panelist include: Karen Archey, Noah Fischer (@noahfischer), Maria Byck (@maria), and Blithe Riley (@blithe)

more info and bios: