Events & News
Building the Movement: Fragile City and Beyond
Site-specific installation for UPSTANDERS show at the LIC Arts Open 2017
The Factory, 30-30 47th Ave, 4th Floor, Long Island City, NYC
From 5/17 - 5/21
Opening reception Thursday 5/18, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday 5/21 noon
Performance work in progress (20 minutes), in collaboration with Karesia Batan, dancer/choreographer, and Grace Chung, activist (Queens Anti-Gentrification Project)
Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa
April - November 2017
Various locations in Jackson Heights, Corona, and Elmhurst, Queens, NYC
What does it mean to feel at home?
Through community-driven oral history, artwork and video, the Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa project is a collaboration with Bridget Bartolini’s Five Boro Story Project, filmmaker Milton Trujillo, Tania Mattos and Queens Neighborhoods United, and the residents of Jackson Heights, Corona, and Elmhurst, Queens, NYC.
Highlighting the struggles and victories of community organizing against gentrification and displacement, criminalization, and hyper-policing of immigrant communities, our goal is to produce public storytelling programs, art installations, and videos to strengthen the local organizing movement for housing justice and immigrants’ human rights.
Almost Home will consist of several events taking place from April - November 2017. Stay tuned for more information.
January 12 - 15, Knockdown Center, NYC
52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378
Opening Thursday January 12, 7 - 10 pm
All sales donated to Planned Parenthood
I created 3 wearable bracelets with phrases drawn from the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign and election. For more info about this amazing project: http://nastywomenexhibition.org/
Queens Creative Solidarity:
Group Residency at the Queens Museum
For the past year, I have been working with a small group of artists and orgainzers in Queens, NYC to form Queens Creative Solidarity (QCS), a grassroots, all-volunteer organization supporting creative social justice in Queens communities. We spent much of the year clarifying our values (see our statement here). Now we are doing our first public activities as a collective artist residency at the Queens Museum's Studio in the Park program in conjunction with Artbuilt's Mobile Studio and the NYC Parks Department.
On Sunday October 9, join us for an open table dialogue and hands-on workshop to explore "What it's Worth: Values and Making Some Money" from 12 - 4 pm. More details and sign up on our facebook event page.
From October 1st to November 13, 2016, using the mobile studio space and our activities there as a platform to ask, “Flushing Meadows Corona Park: What’s it worth?” QCS will encourage dialogue in a public environment that reflects our values of free and equal access across multiple dimensions. As a shared community resource which has been vulnerable to private interests in recent years, an important landmark, and the largest public gathering space in Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a living example of a space that can be protected only if varied communities come together and, recognizing its value, organize to keep it public and fully available for all to enjoy.
Queens Creative Solidarity will offer a variety of creative projects, zine-making, music activities, poetry writing, video collaboration, opportunities for learning and dialogue, storytelling, and many more, culminating in a final event to showcase the product of these various activities to be showcased at the Queens Museum of Art in November.
City of Stories on the FABNYC Blog: read all about it and see images from the event!
In June 2016, for the Clinton Street Fest, a collaboration of Lower East Side community participants, Bridget Barolini's Five Boro Story Project, and artist Priscilla Stadler transformed the Clinton Community Garden (171 Stanton Street, NYC, on the corner of Clinton & Stanton) into a colorful City of Stories.
The Fest was produced by Fourth Arts Block (FAB) and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), long-time organizations advocating for social justice and for the power of local low-income and marginalized communities in the neighborhood. The voices of these communities are often trampled upon in the rush for real estate development.
City of Stories invited the public to write down memories, stories, and wishes for the Lower East Side in our Story Space, then explore the garden, find the perfect spot to hang their story and create an installation together!
Thursday July 14, 2016, 3 - 6 pm
Take a Nice Slow Breath
No Longer Empty's JAMECO EXCHANGE
89-62B 165th St, Jamaica NY 11432
A basic act that unites all humans and many forms of life: breathing. To take a deep breath with someone else is a subtle invitation for us to slow down a bit and to connect. I offer this action to encourage people to remember to pause and take a deep breath and a momentary break from our often stressful lives.
An interaction has evolved at my job that I would like to bring to the people of Jamaica. It is very simple. Taking a deep breath with someone. This is what I do with Juan, who works in the mailroom of LaGuardia Community College where I am employed (in another office). Whenever we see each other around the college, Juan and I stop what we are doing, pause, and both of us take a deep breath. Just by seeing each other, we remind each other to take a deep breath.
And we try to encourage others to do this.
At No Longer Empty's JAMECO EXCHANGE, as part of Nicolas Dumit Estevez's HERE IN JAMAICA, 2016: A social practice artwork* I invite passersby to take a deep breath with me. I think it may be an opportunity for connection.
Simple talismans will be available for people to take as a reminder to breathe in their everyday life.
Inspired by proposing this project, I will consciously remind myself to slow down and take a deep breath throughout the planning and implementation process. I consider this awareness to be part of the project.
*In Life as Material for Art & Vice Versa, artist Nicolaìs Dumit Esteìvez Raful used texts, photographs, and documents generated by previous public workshops to serve as an instructional manual for residents to develop performances and actions in Queens. Everyday subjects of exploration may include dreaming, walking, and worshipping, among others. A selection of the documentation of actions will be included in an online presentation and archive on Longer Empty’s website.
HERE IN JAMAICA is held in conjunction with Once Upon A Place, a five-part public engagement series that presents an arts-based oral history model expanding upon the town hall panel format. Held in conjunction with Jameco Exchange, Once Upon a a Place explores the idea of public engagement arranged at the intersection of diverse audiences and everyday places. Reflecting on Jamaica’s identity as one of the world's most ethnically diverse places, and a multi-modal transportation hub, Once Upon a Place and the exhibition Jameco Exchange work in tandem to create community conversations within the context of a larger dialogue about a moment of social change sweeping across Jamaica and New York City. The series will culminate with Panel II on Saturday, July 9, in which artists Sol Aramendi, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful will present research gathered and projects created in collaboration with community participants. More information here.
Jameco Exchange is a dynamic, evolving center of community engagement and artwork, up through July 19, 2016.
6/24 Friday 4 - 6 pm
City of Stories
Clinton Street Fest - more info about all the great events of the Fest (on facebook)
Lower East Side community members, Bridget Barolini's Five Boro Story Project, and artist Priscilla Stadler will transform the Clinton Community Garden (171 Stanton Street, NYC, on the corner of Clinton & Stanton) into a colorful City of Stories.
Write down your memories, stories, and wishes for the Lower East Side in our Story Space, then explore the garden, find the perfect spot to hang your story, and hunt for other stories throughout the garden!
Through Sept. 3 2016
Fragile City Installation at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213