This month, several workshops and public forums focused on discussing the various challenges of urban community life and culture are happening around the city. Here are a few on our radar scheduled for next week:
Livable Streets: Queens Style! at Flux Factory, Tuesday, August 14, 7-9 pm
This is the fourth installment of a yearlong initiative at Flux Factory inviting New Yorkers to address neighborhood concerns and sharpen their advocacy know-how. This month’s workshop highlights four projects currently underway in Queens aimed at involving citizens in the process of transforming streets and public spaces for increased walkability, bikeability and general liveability. Helen Ho of POW! People on Wheels will moderate the discussion and share about the group’s efforts to include women, minorities, and delivery cyclists in the expansion of cycling advocacy. Other participants will include: urban planning professor Donovan Finn sharing about 78th Street Play Street in Jackson Heights; Prerana Reddy of Queens Museum of Art discussing the community input process in transforming a Corona intersection into a DOT plaza; and QueensWay Project members presenting their efforts in creating a “Queens High Line” on an abandoned LIRR track in Southern Queens. Following the presentations will be an opportunity for the audience to discuss the future of livable streets advocacy in Queens, and the benefits and challenges of including diverse populations in the planning process.
Art and Social Activism at chashama, Wednesday, August 15, 7 pm
“Art and Social Activism” is a group exhibition presented by Nicholas Cohn Art Projects in collaboration with chashama. Featuring international artists working on a range of media from photography to video to sculpture, this exhibition connects these artists by their focus on social issues of national and global concerns. Held in conjunction with the exhibition is a roundtable discussion series that started August 8. The first session was on “Art and Community Development”, and next up on August 15 is “Art and the Environment.” The final session will be held on August 22 on the topic of “Art and Identity.” The gallery is open for viewing on Wednesdays from 1-9 pm and Sundays from 1-6 pm. A closing party will be held for the exhibition on August 25.
“Undoing Racism” Mixer at WOW Café Theater, Friday, August 17, 6-8 pm
“Undoing Racism” is a signature workshop that’s part of the program offerings at the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), and many organizations have experienced this workshop as a effective way to build cross-cultural and cross-color unity. Company Cypher, WOW Café Theater and Urban Bush Women are three non-profit organizations that have all seen tangible results from their workshop experiences, and have come together to host this gathering to connect with other theaters and artistic companies interested in participating in”undoing racism” efforts.
This two-hour gathering will be held at WOW Café Theater (59-61 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue) and hosted by PISAB facilitators. An overview of the “Undoing Racism” workshop will be provided, followed by time for questions and brainstorming. Light refreshments and networking will precede the program starting at 5:30 pm.
This event is open only to artists and arts administrators, and since seating is limited, RSVP is a must. Interested participants should email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to RSVP for this event.
And of course, there is our own “Spacing Out” forum, happening Wednesday, August 15. More information on our forum can be found here.