Hide-and-Seek for Free Art Education

[ reblogged from Bureaux de vizKult ]


A little game of Hide-and-Seek ensued yesterday morning at Cooper Union by it’s Board members. Just like the last minute plans by Obama to move G-8 talks to Camp David last year fearing confrontation with the people it is supposed to be serving, the Cooper Union Board decided to change location of their meeting to an off-site undisclosed location, avoiding the presence of students, faculty, and community members.

Why hide? In yesterdays meeting the board was to decide the fate of free education at Cooper Union. News is now coming out from undisclosed “sources”  that the Board decided to put the onus on the faculty of Art, Engineering, and  Architecture, forcing them to find sustainable ways of funding the program. But some like the Cooper Union Student Action Group are suggesting the faculty was threatened by holding back fall admissions.  Ironically the current ideas for keeping education free at Cooper Union is to charge others for education – like charging for a pre-college program, undergrad summer program, and MA program.  Let’s see what else they come up with, until then back to the drawing board.

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Students Rally in Unity as Board Meets in Secret
by Cooper Union Student Action to Save Our School
March 6, 2013

Cooper Union Art School Agrees to Explore Revenue Options
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 – 09:01 AM
By Beth Fertig

Why is Cooper Union Being Occupied?
December 4, 2012
by group affect

Obama Moves G-8 Summit from Chicago to Secluded Camp David
Monday, March 5, 2012
by Common Dreams staff

Arts & Labor 2-Day Strategy Discussions

[From OWS Artsandlabor.org]

Do you need two or three jobs to make ends meet? Do you run from one workplace to another, or juggle a series of temporary “gigs” throughout the year? Are you overworked? Is your boss also your peer? Are you owed money from an employer? Do you feel unsafe, abused and dispensable at your job? Do you feel like if you stand up for yourself, the future of your career is at risk? Are you worried about getting sick because you don’t have good health insurance or that you will never be able to retire? And if you do have a stable job, are the benefits dwindling? Do you want to make change but don’t how?

Arts & Labor presents a two-part discussion series, bringing together workers, community organizers and culture producers to discuss how precarious conditions are impacting our culture at large. Moderated by Tammy Kim with an introduction by Arts & Labor, we will learn how worker centers, arts organizations, coalition groups, and independent workers are developing strategies to build community and labor power, more equitable work environments, and a just and habitable city for all people.

DAY 1: Workers Unite!
Monday, January 7, 2013. 7 p.m.
334 Broome St, Manhattan

Day 1 Facebook Invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/557881620908504/

Members of worker centers, unions, and coalition organizations share how to create infrastructure and build leverage within industries and communities that are traditionally considered difficult to organize. With workers from Domestic Workers United, Taxi Workers Alliance, Teamsters Local 814 (Art Handlers from Sotheby’s campaign), Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN).


DAY 2: Strategies for the Arts
Thursday, January 10, 2013. 7 p.m.
CUNY Murphy Institute
18th Floor, 25 W 43 St, Manhattan

Day two Facebook invite: Strategies in the Arts here: http://www.facebook.com/events/401369849943937/

Members of the arts community respond to the Day 1 discussion, and talk about strategies used to build community, advocate for artists and create sustainable institutions. They will also examine the challenges and strengths in navigating their roles as activists, precarious workers, job providers, and culture producers. With workers from Queens Museum, Creative Capital, ProjectProjects, and WAGE.

The Legacy of the Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition

Via OWS Arts & Labor
The Legacy of the Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition: A Talk with Yasmin Ramirez

December 12, 2012 at 7PM
Taller Boricua
1680 Lexington Ave
New York City

In the late 1960s, art workers in New York City came together to demand reforms to the exploitive and exclusionary practices of the art world. The Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition (PRAWC), founded in 1970, followed the 1969 formation of the Art Workers Coalition (AWC), a group aimed at pressuring city museums into implementing policies such as paying artists for exhibiting their work, better representation of art by women and people of color, and free admission. Members of PRAWC were active in founding El Museo del Barrio (1969), and fought to establish institutions that reflected the culture and needs of Latino artists in New York City. Join Arts & Labor for a presentation by Yasmin Ramirez about the history and legacy of the Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition. Founding member of the PRAWC Marcos Dimas will also be present to participate in the discussion.

Yasmin Ramirez Biography
Yasmin Ramirez Ph.D. is an art historian and independent curator.  Growing up during  heyday of the Alternative Art Space Movement in New York, Yasmin Ramirez has worked at Taller Boricua, El Museo Del Barrio, The Studio Museum, The New Museum, Art in General, and Alternative Museum, Franklin Furnance and the East Village Eye. She is currently writing a book based on her dissertation: Nuyorican Vanguards: The Puerto Rican Art Movement in New York.

OWS People’s Puppets Workshop Thursday Nov 29

2 part workshop….

6:30 pm to 8 pm, Joe Therrien and of the OWS People’s Puppets will be doing a puppet workshop. All ages are welcome to come and have a hands-on puppetry experience.

Pre-Puppet Workshop: 4 pm to 6:30 pm, James Rose will be doing a collaborative puppetry/street performance back drop painting workshop. I’ll have large pieces of foam core to paint on and paints and brushes, come join me.

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
4pm to 8:30pm
Free, w/ light refreshments

Joe studied puppet making in college and has been involved with the artistic and performance elements of OWS. Joe has been a driving force in puppetry being an iconographic and provocative influence on events related to Occupy Wall Street.

The Brooklyn Workshop is a very special local neighborhood venue. It serves children with great workshops and classes. The Workshop also is a place for artists like myself and Joe to make their art happen. I hope to see you there! Other art will be on display including my newest painting.

Joe and the People’s Puppets are the first to participate here in this visiting artist workshop series. I will invite other artists or groups of artists on Thursdays for the next month or so.

Take the G or the F to Carroll Gardens and walk one block from Smith Street to 393 Hoyt Street

November 29th, 2012
4pm to 8:30pm
w/ light refreshments
Definitely all ages

Brooklyn Workshop Gallery
393 Hoyt Street
Brooklyn, NY

contact: @jamesfredericrose

Tonight Time Sq 8pm!: (Dont Be) A Puppet Show!

OWS Puppets- 2012 ElectionsThe People’s Puppets have been feverishly working on a puppet of the winner of the election: Monopoly Man. He happens to be 12 feet tall (without his fancy top hat) and happens to have two puppet pets to guide along his stroll through New York City… Obama and Romney, of course!

Please join us on Election Day.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
at the steps in Time Sq.

What we need is volunteers to be with us, be festive, be informative (we will have “Get out of Jail Free” cards with information to hand out), we need live streamers and photographers! and EVEN take your opportunity to man some of our puppets!

We all know, and have been working on Occupy Sandy Relief efforts… But if we miss the opportunity to address the sham of the election, we miss a beautiful boat.

We think all Occupy Sandy relief efforts must continue, and request people to come and support the election action to make this work…because it’s about solidarity, and spreading out our efforts. After the election, since everything will still be the same old, that we can return to the Hurricane relief, Occupying Goldman Sachs, Occupying Trinity, Golden Farms, Occupying the Pipeline, Rent Strike, Debt Strike, Occupy for Animals and the hundreds of other things that must be occupied in order to bring our world to a place of dignity…

If you can, come out and SPEAK OUT against the indignity that is the American Election and encourage THE PEOPLE to take action in our democracy after the Election Day.

With love,
The People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street

FACEBOOK INVITE: Election Day “(Don’t be) A Puppet Show” *all invited*

Tonight 7pm: Arts & Labor Art Writing Roundtable

[via OWS Arts & Labor]

Art Writing as Craft, Labor, and Art: An Arts & Labor Roundtable
Thursday October 25 at 7 p.m.
Housing Works Cafe and Bookstore
126 Crosby Street New York, NY
Admission: a book donation to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Art writing is hard work. However, it is often framed as a mythic activity, replete with benefits such as “the power of the pen,” the authority of the critic, and the allure of earning a living while doing something exciting, and meaningful.

The realities of writing about contemporary art include a precarious living, high attrition, hard deadlines, and the charge that criticism is “massively produced, and massively ignored.” Rather than being treated as an art form or a skill developed over time, art writing is frequently viewed as a tool of the market and an index for valuation and canonization, with art writers functioning as cogs in the vast cultural machine.

So why do people continue to write about art? Why does one aspire to become an art writer in a field that has shrinking prestige and financial returns, and when chief-critic positions are becoming scarce? And why, in this economic climate, is art writing thriving online and degree-programs devoted to the field have begun to appear?

Join Arts & Labor for a roundtable to discuss labor conditions in art writing. Hear how various writers’ practices began, how their careers evolved, and what they think about the current state of art writing. Together we will attempt to imagine how writers could develop new networks to support one another, and to practice their art and craft in a sustainable and generative way in the future.

Art writers include: Ben Davis, Kareem Estefan, Ken Johnson, Paddy Johnson, Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Walter Robinson, Mira Schor, Martha Schwendener, and Christian Viveros-Fauné.