Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founding Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women, recently gave a wonderful keynote speech at the 2012 ‘Creative Communities Convening’ for LINC. Special thanks to Jawole for her mention of NOCD-NY and the work that we all do together here in NYC:
“Urban Bush Women is part of a group called the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York Working Group—the brainchild of Caron Atlas, Tamara Greenfield, and many others including UBW’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Maria Bauman—they define themselves with this language:
The NOCD-NY working group brings together a unique alliance of artists, activists, creative manufacturers and policymakers that are committed to revitalizing New York City from the neighborhood up. We have come together around the idea of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts, recognizing the vital cultural, social and economic contributions that distinguish these community-initiated cultural clusters from districts planned and developed as part of initiatives from institutions.
Where and how I grew up in KC was full of culture, art and vitality – almost none of it funded. What is usually called the inner city in KC is where African American communities were forced to form—it was highly planned.”
– Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, 2012 Creative Communities Convening keynote
For Jawole’s full keynote speech, please check out the link here.