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#3W Total, Update #3

What’s the total?
To date, I have received information about outstanding memberships, course fees and instructor invoices of: $72,301. This is only an estimate.

Cultural Weekly published an essay I wrote for its new column, “Art in Context.” I address the way 3rd Ward treated instructors and members as well as the ways New York City is contributing to accelerating problems that gentrification in causing around Bushwick for makers/artists. I sincerely welcome your feedback on this, in any form.

An attorney I know has volunteered to speak with any/all of the people who are owed money by 3rd Ward; her firm may end up representing some of those people who are interested in pursuing refunds and payments for their services. Email me (writing@robingrearson.com) if you’d like this contact info. If you have collected or settled in any way, I’d love to hear your story.

The #3WTotal research project has received kind support from Brooklyn/NYC media. (Thank you!) Here are a few links:
Brokelyn
Brooklyn Magazine
Village Voice
I appreciate you trusting me with your stories. I hope that by gathering this information I have helped to create a voice for this community. I am continuing to research and follow many interrelated stories that connect to the 3rd Ward story and will keep you updated. In the meantime, please keep sharing your stories and sharing this project with anyone know you who might want to contribute.

 

About this project:

#3WTotal is an ongoing research project gathering information on former “maker-education space” 3rd Ward and the debts it owes to teachers, members, students and vendors of 3rd Ward in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. If you would like to share your 3rd Ward story or experience, send an email to: writing@robingrearson.com.

To follow this project, please join the mailing list, here, or check this page. Feel free to share or forward this post using this link: http://robingrearson.com/3wtotal-update-3/.

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Update #1: #3WTotal

Hello!

Last week I requested information about 3rd Ward’s debts. I asked instructors, members & students to share their stories. Thank you to everyone who has sent me information for this ongoing project.

What’s the total?
To date, I have received claims against outstanding memberships, course fees and instructor invoices of: $38,450. This is an estimate, and not a final total.

What else?
Brooklyn media has been supportive and encouraging and is helping spread awareness about this project. Here are some links:

Bedford+Bowery
Brokelyn
Brooklyn Magazine
Brooklyn Paper

A note on bias:
I am researching this story as a writer & a former instructor, but I do not have a financial claim. One of the stories above suggests that teachers are seeking revenge. That isn’t what the project is about for me. I’ve been a freelancer for most of my life, and it is hard to make a living when you are financially exposed to risk by your clients. This project is about collecting and sharing research, and it was probably the experience of being a freelancer that inspired me to start the project, but I’m open to hearing all views and experiences.

Communication:
Please share this project with anyone you know who might want to contribute their experiences. Confidentiality and privacy will be respected. I send project updates via mailing list, so please subscribe if you have not already. Email me with your questions or stories at: writing@robingrearson.com.

Thank you for your support.

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New “community” project

I am doing some research.

No one ever reported how much 3rd Ward owes its teachers, members and students. The amount owed to any one person might be $100 here, $3,500 there. But all together, was thiscommunity” stuck with a bill for $20,000, $50,000, more?

Who cares?

The debts 3rd Ward owes to teachers & students & members are an underreported but important part of the legacy and myth of 3rd-Ward-the-brand. Besides, when a company as large as Livestream starts name-checking “the 3rd Ward community” to rebrand itself “Brooklyn,” isn’t the community’s fate, well, relevant?

Here’s a link to the email I sent to teachers+members+students. Please forward this to someone who might want to contribute. Thank you.

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