Cultural Organizing for Community Change 2017

On Saturday Nov 19th, community leaders, artists and cultural workers convened at Groundswell for Cultural Organizing for Community Change 2017, an annual event co-sponsored by Arts & Democracy and NOCD-NY. Participants discussed the framework behind cultural organizing, they connected it to the values behind their work, and they mapped how those values related to their personal identities. Packed with workshops (listed below), the day was energetic, uplifting, and challenging. If you missed it, you can join us at the 2018 workshop! In the meantime, enjoy a gallery of photos that we’ve compiled from the day.

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Workshop sessions:

  • Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed and Civic Practice with George Emilio Sanchez
  • Power Mapping: A Tool for Activating Networks with Hatuey Ramos-Fermín of The Laundromat Project and Gonzalo Casals
  • Roots to the Rhythms with BombaYo
  • Sanctuary, An Interactive Poetry Workshop with Najee Omar of Spark House
  • BOLD (Builders Organizers and Leaders Through Dance) with Tendayi Kuumba of Urban Bush Women
  • Creative Strategies for Placekeeping and Anti-Gentrification Organizing with Betty Yu, Liz Moy, Anna Ozbek of Chinatown Art Brigade
  • Investigating ‘SOFT’: Making Theater with Community with artist Imani Gayle Gillison of Theater of the Liberated
  • Singing & Sharing: Cultural Organizing in the Post-election South with Judi Jennings of KY Cultural Organizing Alliance and Joe T. Tolbert of Art at the Intersections
  • Gowanus: A Community at the Breaking Point, a walking tour with Michael Higgins Jr. of FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality)
  • Mobile Print Power’s Multigenerational Approach to Public Engagement, and
  • Story Circles for Community Building with amalia deloney, Arts & Democracy

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