2014 Cultural Organizing for Community Change, Brooklyn NY

November 15, 2014, 9:30am - 6:00pm
At Groundswell, Reel Works, and Spaceworks, 540 President Street, Brooklyn

Organizers, artists, media makers, and policymakers to learn effective ways to deepen your work and engage your creativity in organizing for community change.

The day included:
  • A cultural organizing framework
  • Hands-on skill building workshops including theater, visual arts, media, community organizing, policy and more
  • Case studies from across NYC
  • An activist roundtable
  • Networking opportunities and resources


9:30    Registration, Gathering, Coffee
10:00  Getting to know who is in the room & cultural organizing framework, Caron Atlas, Javiera Benavente, amalia deloney, & Kathie deNobriga
11:20   Announcements for session 1 workshops and break

11:35 - 1:05   Session 1, Skill-Building workshops (4 options, choose 1):
How Can Communities Get Involved in NYC's Decisions about Development? Mark Torrey and Oscar Nunez, Center for Urban Pedagogy  
Talking about Power: The Foundation of Organizing for Justice
Joan Minieri, Community Learning Partnership  
Create and Engage, write and REPEAT! A NYWC Writing Workshop
Derek Loosvelt & Angela Lockhart, New York Writers Coalition  
Theatre of the Oppressed and Civic Practice
George Emilio Sanchez, Performing and Creative Arts Department of the College of Staten Island/CUNY and Hemispheric Institute.

1:05-1:55 Lunch
1:55  Getting Activated, Maria Bauman, MBDance
2:10  Fishbowl Conversation with Activists, Michael Premo, Sandy Storyline and Housing is a Human Right; KellieTerry, THE POINT CDC and others TBA, moderated by Caron Atlas & amalia deloney
2:50 Announcements for session 2 workshops and case studies

3:00-3:45 Case Studies (4 options, choose 1):
The People's Climate March: How Cultural Strategy Helped Build the Largest Climate Mobilization in World History
Gan Golan, New York Times bestselling author and artist/activist  
Engaging & Educating Before Crisis: Exploring Tenants' Rights and Current Housing Issues through Walking Tours
Emily Gallagher, community educator and Brandon Kielbasa, Cooper Square Committee
My Skin Color is Not a Crime: Developing Youth Leaders through Artistry in the Anti-Stop-and-Frisk Movement
Jana Lynne Umipig, El Puente
Interference Archive: Activating Radical Histories through Public Programs, Blithe Riley, Interference Archive  
3:55-5:25  Session 2 - Skill-Building Workshops (4 options, choose 1):
The Government Dance: How to Partner with, Dance Around, & Change the System
Tamara Greenfield, Fourth Arts Block & NOCD-NY and Amy Sananman, Groundswell
Visioning Liberation through the Creative Process
Stephanie Urena, Luce Lincoln, Jesus Villalba, and other youth members of Global Action Project Supafriends and Youth Breaking Borders  
Replenishing the Source for Organizers and Artists
Partner Stretch & Tension Release, Maria Bauman, MBDance
Story Circles: The Power of Storytelling for Community Change
Arts & Democracy Project team
5:30-6:00 Networking activity and closing
Javiera Benavente and Maria Bauman
6:00 - 7:00 Reception