artCommons Begins Pilot Program in Jackson Heights

artCommons comes to Jackson Heights. photo by Fran Simó 2012 CC-by-nc-sa 2.0

photo: Jackson Heights photo by Fran Simó 2010 CC-by-nc-sa 2.0

“This month we took a leap from idea to action. After a year of  talking with people in various communities about the possibility of creating an “art commons”, we decided to start a few pilot programs in various neighborhoods in NYC and see how it goes. First stop Jackson Heights!” -Art & The Commons (affinity group)

Learn more about the artCommons project this Saturday July 27th (10am-1pm) at Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights.  

Read the background story at:
Art & The Commons http://www.artandthecommons.org/artcommons-jackson-heights.

Networks of Resistance Meet-Up – Sun Oct 28 @3pm

Building Networks of Resistance

Sunday October 28th, 3-6pm. Momenta Art, 56 Bogart in Bushwick.

Calling artists interested in alternatives to the current system!

If you are interested in organizing in your community or already doing so, let’s meet-up and talk.

3pm Pre-Event Meet-Up:
Building Networks of Resistance

4-6pm Event:
Alternatives & the Commons*

Momenta Art
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

L train to Morgan

Download Flyer: ArtCommons-MomentaOct28.jpg

 

*A commons is a resource that is organized and shared by individuals. Art & The Commons is part of coalition of individuals and affinity groups that are investigating ways in which art, culture, and art education can be understood and developed as a commons. Commoning also serves as a guard against private enclosures. more info: artandthecommons.org

Thurs Oct 4th @7pm: Struggle for The Commons

The following event is being organized by The Base. The Base will be working with autonomous artist from Occupy Wall Street in the very near future, please sign up to the Art & The Commons email list to receive information on public organizing meetings: http://www.artandthecommons.org/list


Autonomous Movements: The Commons BrooklynOctober 4th, 7PM
Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis

The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue
(A, C,G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; F to Bergen St;
B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Atlantic-Pacific)

In celebration of the new radical space, The Base, we are pleased to welcome you to a talk with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis.

This talk will focus on the struggle for the commons, communalism, and autonomist movements, which will open a discussion on current struggles and the aspirations of this new space. We cordially invite you to take part in this discussion.

Silvia Federici is a scholar, author, teacher, and activist from the radical feminist Marxist tradition. George Caffentzis is a political philosopher and a Marxist. He co-founded the Midnight Notes Collective.

The Base will be a hub for radical organizing, free resources, and workshops.

www.facebook.com/brooklyn.base
www.twitter.com/TheBaseBK
www.kickstarter.com/projects/thebase/the-base

This Sunday: Art & The Commons in Bushwick (OTS VI)

OccupyTownSquare-mariahernandez-evite

We’re back from our workshop and visits in Berlin. Visit our table to talk to us about commoning initiatives in arts, culture, and education. Currently we will be looking for new members to join Art & The Commons planning for the Commons Forum II in October along with other workshop possibilities in the near future.

Sunday, July 8th, 2012, 11am-5pm
Occupy Town Square VI: Bushwick (Facebook Evite)
Maria Hernandez Park @ Knickerbocker and Starr St
L train to Jefferson or M Train to Knickerbocker in Bushwick Brooklyn (Google Map)

 

Next Weekend: Occupy The Land! Unconference June 1, 2, 3

Conviviality in the Garden - with Brian Zegeer, Hsiao Chen, Forest Purnell, and Antonio Serna

As part of the Occupy The Land unConference June 1, 2, 3. and in the tradition of an unconference, members from Occupy Wall Street’s groups: OWS Food Justice, Arts & Culture, Arts & Labor, Making Worlds, have volunteered to organize a days worth of community garden events.

Members of the Common Coalition has specifically organized guid for Saturday June 2nd. Starting at 1pm in South Williamsburg, 4pm in the East Village. Culminating Conviviality in the Garden: potluck, projections, and informal presentations at La Petit Versaille Garden 8-10pm (see below for more info.)

NYC Community Gardens Coalition
TAKE THE LAND
unConference
June 1,2,3, 2012
(**complete listing of workshops & maps can be found here:
3 days of the unconference can be found at NYCCGC.org)
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Special guide:
Williamsburg and East Village Guide

Saturday June 2nd

FREE + CHILDREN WELCOME!

**The workshops are planned as a route to begin in Williamsburg 1PM, over on the L to East Village at 4pm and then down towards the Lower East Side, ending around 10PM.**

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1-1:45pm – (WILLIAMSBURG)

Gardens as a Commons, A brief introduction.
Berry Street Garden.
Berry St, Between S.2nd and S.3rd St.,

Community gardens are a site of conviviality, reclamation, activism, education, urban occupation, and autonomy. It is a contemporary ‘commons’ shaped by a community through voluntary support from neighborhood gardeners, educators, activists, artists, and all those who enter the space.

Join Making Worlds Commons Coalition/Arts & Labor Alternative Economies in this brief introduction on the topic of Garden as a ‘commons’. We will also discuss the importance of gardens as a stepping stone to greater autonomy and sovereignty within a community.

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2-3:30pm – (WILLIAMSBURG)

Take on the (Vacant) Lot in Your Life (WILLIAMSBURG)
South Williamsburg Garden
Heweys & S.4th

The crew from 596 Acres will lead a workshop that draws on participants experiences and focuses on getting access to vacant public land for community uses. We can start at the South Williamsburg Garden and perhaps work through the 596 acres map to find lots in the area.

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4:00-5:00pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Children’s Garden-Art Workshop
Children’s Garden
E.12th St @ Ave.

A Children’s workshop in the gardens using natural and botanical materials. Ages 6 and up, younger children must be accompanied by an adult. This workshop will be conducted by artists and educators Suzanne Goldenberg and Begonia Santa-Cecilia, members of the Making Worlds Commons Coalition.

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4:00-5:00pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Swarm Organizing w/@Superglitch
Green Oasis Garden
E.8th Street betw’n Ave. C & D

Swarm intelligence is an emerging field of biologically inspired artificial intelligence based on the behavioral models of social insects such as ants, bees, wasps and termites. Biological Swarms involve the collective behavior of decentralized, self-organized systems. This session will involve a basic primer on Swarm Intelligence followed by a workshopping session whereby participants imagine how activists might apply Swarming techniques in practice. For example, the honeybees’ waggle dance technique could inspire new ways of locating housing for Occupy protesters.

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5:00-6:00pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Hey, Honey!
Green Oasis Garden
E.8th Street betw’n Ave. C & D
East Village, NYC

Skillshare on making lip balm with members of Green Oasis Garden.
Honey based treats will be served!

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6:00-7:30pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Squatting Vacant Lots
El Jardin Del Paradiso
E.5th Street, between Ave C & D
Meet near the willow tree house to start.

Workshop will detail the tactics and techniques of squatting (occupying, rehabilitating and defending) vacant lots for the purpose of creating community gardens and parks with and for the local neighborhood residents. Workshop by Frank Morales.

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6:00 pm (WILLIAMSBURG)

An Evening of Poetry/Una Tarde de Poesia
Heckscher Children’s Garden
134-136 Scholes Street,

This is the first ever community event in our garden. Through poetry we will be opening this space to the community, the young, old, friends and neighbors. All are invited to read their favorite poetry of love, hope, struggle, peace, frustration, inspiration, worldly poems and your own poetry. Appetizers are
appreciated too.

 

8-10pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Conviviality in The Garden with Artists
La Petit Versailles Garden
E. 2nd St. b’tween Ave B & C

“The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world.” -Foucault, Of Other Spaces (1967)

The conviviality that is possible in the garden is multiplied by it’s ability to be at once many different spaces for those who are present, and exponentially so as one moves through the garden. As the sunsets on this long day of venturing inside gardens, we’ve invited several artists to this informal gathering to reflect on art projects related to nature, gardens, and conviviality. Invited artist include Brian Zegeer, Hsiao Chen, Forest Purnell, @AntonioSerna, and others TBA.

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

LOCATION 1:
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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LOCATION 2:
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:
http://makingworlds.wikispaces.com

Arts & Labor Alt Econ page:
http://artsandlabor.org/alternative-economies/

Arts & The Commons, an Arts & Culture thematic group page:
http://artsandculture.nycga.net/network/thematic/art-commons/

Next Wave of Work

“As the Occupy movement considers how to expand the influence and energy of last fall’s uprising into the next wave of work, it is looking at strategies for social transformation that combine a commitment to deep democracy, equitable economics, life-sustaining interdependence with the natural world and a liberatory remaking of social relationships”- Alexa Bradley*

If visibility, public awareness, and outreach were among the important aspects in the first phase of Occupy Wall Street, then I am beside Alexa Bradley’s suggestion that the next wave is working together to build these new worlds. We hope to continue to bring the Art & The Commons workshop to various communities in the next couple of months for community investigation into these ideas. Soon we will be participating in the Wall Street to Main Street (WS2MS) art festival in the Catskills and eventually along side workshops and teach-in with Arts & Labor‘s Alternative Economies group.This is an open invitation for anyone interested in joining us in these efforts.

Making New Worlds Possible
A report from the Occupy Wall Street forum on the commons
By Alexa Bradley

[*Alexa Bradley writing in response to her experience at "Making Worlds" a 3 day forum on the commons organized by several OWS Working Groups of which Arts & Culture members Maria Byck (@maria) and I (@antonioserna) held a workshop called Art & The Commons on day 2.]