TONIGHT 6pm: Arts & Culture IMPORTANT Planning Meeting @ 60 Wall St.

BerlinBiennale7 - Portland Or after eviction
There are 3 big events/projects coming up that need input from all of
you, OWS artists & art groups. We are having an A&C planning meeting
tonight 6pm // 60 Wall Street for the following topics:

1) OWS Artists participation in Berlin Biennial 7 **
2) OWS Arts & Culture outdoor programming for a city wide Unconference
3) OWS Arts Newsletter

6pm
60 Wall Street.

Email arts_culture [at] nycga.net  if you are coming and/or arriving a little later than 6pm, or cannot you cannot make it tonight but but still want to be part of the planning.

**Occupy Museums is also holding Berlin Biennial planning meetings, we can coordinate with them tonight if it is on their agenda.

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:
http://www.leftforum.org/panel/significance-art-occupy-movement

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.]

 

Flyers for Occupy Town Square this weekend

Uploaded Arts & Culture flyers (4 per page) just in time for anyone tabling for Arts & Culture at this Sunday’s  Occupy Town Square in Washington Sq Park, (January 29th 11am-5pm) more info below.

#J29 OCCUPY WASHINGTON SQ PARK

Occupy Wall Street is four months old. We don’t live in a park anymore, but we’re still here, and we’re still fighting for economic justice. Now, OWS is coming to a neighborhood near you. Over the next few months, mobile, daytime occupations, called Occupy Town Squares, will be held in parks and other public spaces, indoor and outdoor, around New York City. For a few hours a week, these events will recreate the essence of the Zuccotti Park Occupation. There will be info tables, teach-ins, trainings, and political discussions.

Whether you consider yourself a supporter of the movement or not, we want to meet you: come share your ideas and stories, learn about the movement, argue with us, debate with us, collaborate with us. If you’re already active in OWS, this is a chance to exchange information, to coordinate between working groups, and to get to know our brothers and sisters in the movement.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/occupytownsq
Twitter: @occupytownsq
Hashtag: #occupytownsq

Share OWS

SHARE OWS is a new program from OWS Arts Network that facilitates the sharing of content being produced within the OWS movement. What does that mean? Anyone working within OWS/NYCGA is free to re-circulate art, writing, photography, poetry, and other content produced within the OWS movement and for the movement. Read more about it here.

We need your help: If you are a member of a working group, collective, affinity group, or thematic group within OWS/NYCGA, please contact us so we can add you the SHARE OWS list: nycga-arts-and-culture-org@googlegroups.com or reach out to Arts & Culture on the A&C Forum or the 917 Wall Street Arts Forum. You can also help by spreading the word about this program and asking other groups to participate!