Cultural Organizing for Community Change, Brooklyn 2016

Cultural Organizing for Community Change took place in Gowanus, Brooklyn, 
on November 12, 2016 from 9:30am - 6:00pm followed by a reception.

The learning exchange included:
  • A cultural organizing framework
  • Theater, movement, singing, visual arts, and writing workshops
  • Discussions about affordable housing, gentrification, and racial justice
  • Youth cultural organizing exchange
  • An opportunity to give input to the NYC cultural plan
  • Case studies, networking, and resources 
  • Great people and delicious food!


9:30-10:00    Registration and Gathering
10:00-10:50   Welcome, Introductions, and Mapping the Room
Caron Atlas, Arts & Democracy and NOCD-NY
Kathie deNobriga, Arts & Democracy
Gonzalo Casals, NOCD-NY

10:50-11:25 Cultural Organizing Framework
Arts & Democracy and NOCD-NY

11:25-11:30 Announce Session 1 Workshops

11:35-1:00 Session 1  (four options, choose one)

Freeing Our Voices, Sounding Our Stories
Ron Ragin, composer, vocalist, writer

Writing the Self: Our Stories, Healing, and Magic for Change
Chaya Babou, writer, journalist, organizer, educator

Planning for Culturally Healthy Communities
Sarita Daftary-Steel, El Puente
Dylan House, Hester Street Collaborative

Score for a First Black President in Mourning  
Aisha Cousins, Artifacts from Soulville

1:00-1:35    Lunch

1:35-1:40    Getting Activated, Urban Bush Women

1:40-1:45 Announce Session 2  Workshops and Meeting

1:45-3:30      Session 2  (four options, choose one)

Artists Co-Creating Real Equity (ACRE) meeting  

Youth Organizing Lab  

Andy Gonzalez, Tyler Stover & Rebecca Rosado, THE POINT CDC

Papel Machete
Osvaldo Budet

Theatre of the Oppressed NY
Katy Rubin, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

3:30-3:40      Break and return to full group

3:40-3:50      Getting Activated. Urban Bush Women

3:50-3:55      Announce Session 3 Workshops and Walking Tour

3:55-5:25      Session 3  (four options, choose one)

What is Affordable Housing? 
Ingrid Haftel, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

Story Circles: The Power of Storytelling for Community Change
Kathie deNobriga, Arts & Democracy

Bold and Engaged
Samantha Speis and Tendayi Kuumba, Urban Bush Women

Gowanus: A Community at the Breaking Point  (walking tour)
Michael Higgins Jr, FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality)

5:30-6:00      Reconvene in Full Group for Closing

6:00-7:00      Reception

Image by Ricardo Levins Morales, RML Art Studio