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/

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 occupywallstreet.net

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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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.]

 

Occupy Town Square, where to next?

Gallery

This gallery contains 6 photos.

Photos from this past weekends Occupy Town Square III in Tompkins Square Park. Thanks all who came out to support and as the weather gets warmer, watch out!

Art & The Commons (Friday 8pm Workshop)

Art & The Commons: Workshop 1

Art & The Commons
Friday Feb 17th, 8pm

a workshop as part of…
Making Worlds:
An OWS Forum on the Commons

Feb 16-18th, 2012
Church of the Ascension, 122 Java St, Bkln (G train to Greenpnt Ave.)

THURSDAY  Feb.16th, 5-10pm – SPEAKERS
Intro to the Commons by Silvia Federici, G. Caffentzis, J. Quilligan, C. Rude, A. Godberg

FRIDAY  Feb.17th, 5-10pm – WORKSHOPS
Global Commons, Environment & Sustainability, Arts, Culture, & Education (8pm)*

SATURDAY  Feb.18th, 10-9pm – WORKSHOPS & CLOSING ASSEMBLY
Race, Gender, Language, Enthicity, Economics of the Commons, Money and Banking,
Nurturing the Commons, and Closing Assembly

*** FOOD SERVED & CHILDREN WELCOME***

COMPLETE INFO:
http://makingworlds.wikispaces.com

Also visit thematic page:
Art & The Commons

Meeting Minutes February 9th, 2012

Arts & Culture
Meeting Minutes
Thursday February 9, 2012

minutes by
Antonio (@antonioserna) -Announcment/Reportbacks
Imani (@imani) – Agenda

attendees:
Imani (@imani), Chris Cobb, Antonio (@antonioserna), Max (Occupy Town square), Joe (facilitation), Emma, Adrian (@adrian), Eric (@recodebarcode), Lynn (@boolynn)

Announcements/Reportbacks
Agenda:

I. Organizational
– A&C email issues
– Hyperallergic scheduling proposal
– Occupy Town Square announcement
– Tech Ops/ Projects listing announcement
II. Space use at Hyperallergic (for SHARE OWS)
III. Art and The Commons

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