Tag Archives: Community

Snapshots from our Citywide Forum!

Thanks for joining us in the Bronx on Friday, October 28 for our citywide forum, From the Neighborhood Up: Arts and Culture for a Just & Equitable City. We continue to compile notes and visuals from the day. And thanks to NOCD-NY members and event photographer Alicia Clarke, we can share some of these snapshots […]

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Save the Date! Citywide Forum, Friday, Oct 23

Join us on Friday, October 23 for our second annual citywide forum, FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD UP: Arts and Culture for a Just & Equitable City. Join other artists, activists, educators and leaders to develop a vision for the city that cares about our neighborhoods, insists on equity, and embraces our civic energy. We invite you […]

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Thanks for a Great Tour Season!

Thank you to Joe Matunis, Miguel Hernandez, Pastor Ben McKelahan and El Puente for offering a comprehensive tour of Los Sures (the Southside of Williamsburg) on Saturday, August 8. We visited murals, reflected on industrial architecture, and climbed narrow stairwells to view an after school art studio in the steeple of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church […]

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Toolkits for Creative Change

Last month, NOCD-NY member Arts & Democracy hosted Toolkits for Creative Change, a national conference call featuring three model toolkits: The People’s Creative Toolkit/Herramientas Populares from Rogue Citizen, Line Break Media, SEIU Local 26, and Arts & Democracy; Making Waves from the Culture Group; and Envisioning Development from the Center for Urban Pedagogy. Artists and arts organizations have created toolkits to amplify […]

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A Cultural Plan

Co-sponsored by Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Council Member Stephen Levin, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to law on May 11 that requires the Department of Cultural Affairs to form a cultural plan by July 1, 2017. The plan will engage the public to help map where arts activities exist and where […]

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POLICY BRIEF: Arts and Culture for a Just and Equitable City

Arts and culture can provide the inspiration, tools, and capacity needed to unify New York City into a more just and equitable city for all. We need to dream big, feel connected, propose bold new ideas, and engage the city in an inclusive transformation. Because cultural change precedes and embodies political change, arts and culture […]

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NOCD-NY member The Laundromat Project featured as a creative way for artists to improve communities

According to The Guardian, The Laundromat Project offers a creative way artists can improve communities: “‘Go to where the people are’ is a phrase that should always be step one in community engagement strategies. In order to amplify the creative power of artists, the Laundromat Project in New York has made this their core principle. […]

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PATHWAYS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING: a seminar series explores multiple pathways to achieve affordable housing in the context of the vibrant and changing neighborhood of the Lower East Side. For individual households and communities, these are long-term processes. Come educate yourself and get involved now! ALL PROGRAMS MEET AT HOWL! HAPPENING, 6 E. 1st Street, New […]

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Neighbors and Strangers

“We fought poverty, violence and blight, and we made the Southside a better place to live. We are now strangers in our own neighborhood, and it’s painful.” Read the Americans for the Arts blog post to learn how Williamsburg community leader Evelyn Cruz’s words continue to influence Co-Director Caron Atlas’s and NOCD-NY’s approach. photo: historic image […]

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Cultural Responses to Non-Indictment

In light of the recent grand jury response to the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, we have witnessed a flurry of creative action, organizing, and moments of learning. Our December newsletter highlights a number of resources and responses. Share your own encounters with action, creativity, or education by tweeting @NOCDNY or tagging your posts #culturalorganizing […]

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