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Join the Conversation: November 21

Join us for a new meeting of the minds.

You are invited to join the conversation next Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Tutu’s in Brooklyn.

This gathering will continue the conversations we started at our first meeting, and everyone is welcome to participate in this discussion. From 7-9 PM, we will be brainstorming and sharing ideas about collectives, sharing spaces, freelance and independent teaching opportunities, and more. At 9 PM,  moderated discussion ends and socializing begins.

Some of the people who will help moderate our discussion include:

  • Andrew Muchmore, attorney & owner of Muchmore’s
  • Dan Lavoie, Freelancers’ Union
  • Launa Eddy, instructor and founder, Maker Directory project
  • Theresa Buchheister, The Silent Barn
  • Victoria Valencia, Save 3rd Ward/Figure 1 collective

…and you.

Bring your ideas and interests and wish list. Join this group discussion and help the creative community become the most valuable free resource it can be.

For info or questions, contact me.

Wrap-up for “What’s Next” Posted

IMG_4691The wrap-up is posted here! Someday I will be more organized and use Mailchimp to send emails to everyone on one list. Today is not that day. *Thanks Zoe for the pictures!

A Community is Born!

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ARTISTS, CREATORS, LEARNERS, MAKERS, FRIENDS, INCUBATORS:

October 23, 2013—We made a community! And this community already kicks ass! I had no idea what to expect, but it seems obvious already that there will be more events small and large, more idea sharing, more brainstorming and resource pooling. And it’s free. Whether last night was the beginning of the next big things or of a thousand little things, as of today we share something in common that is not 3rd Ward. We are a network. We show up and talk about things and start things and share resources and imagine new ways to work together and help each other and that is beautiful. This community we birthed will eventually need a name. For now, maybe a placeholder hashtag for connecting and conversation? #bknext?

The following pages include all of the promised links and info. Anyone want to share any pictures? Launa and Victoria both have ideas and projects they want to develop right away.  I have included info from recent emails and people I met last night, as well as some ideas that came up during the event. I know there were more. I have a feeling there will be a Facebook or Google group or a wiki or something in the future to keep everyone connected (without blasting all of your email addresses) but for now, I’m wrapping this event with a bow. Onward, fledgling new creative community: keep connecting!—Robin.

LINKS

Recap
A Community Is Born!: A note from Robin.
Speakers: How to connect/work with/hire/collaborate with the 7 awesome speakers, the dashing emcee, and/or me.
Introductions: The 20+ others who were introduced during the event.
Ideas + more introductions: A few more people and ideas.
Writing workshops: Donation-based classes offered during the event.
Mailing list: Join.
Press
A few photos.

Staying connected…

I’ll be sending out a recap with contact info for many of the people, projects and organizations discussed at “What’s Next.” Sign up here to stay connected. Leave a note if there’s someone specific you want to contact or something you want to confess. —Robin.

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Event: Create Community, October 23 at The Brooklyn Brewery

Making Something Else: Creative Community Meeting at The Brooklyn Brewery Wednesday, October 23.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BROOKLYN, NY, October 17, 2013 – On Wednesday, October 23, instructors, members, students and others comprising the community formerly known as 3rd Ward are invited to gather at The Brooklyn Brewery’s Tasting Room for an informal networking mixer hosted by writing instructor Robin Grearson. This will be the first opportunity for the large group of coworkers, members, instructors and others to reconnect since their creative home shut its doors.

Speakers include former instructors Launa Eddy, Ryan O’Connor and Victoria Valencia; attorney Genan Zilkha will offer advice on starting new businesses. And two speakers will describe initiatives they created to support students and teachers: CourseHorse offers credit to students who bought 3rd Ward classes through its site, and the Instructor Matchmaking service, created by Brooklyn Brainery to connect instructors and classrooms.

The mission is primarily social but also looking forward, in part by introducing the group to a host of local resources for artists and makers. Throughout the free event, representatives from up to 20 area learning communities, art spaces, maker and coworking spaces will be introduced and identified, allowing people to connect according to their own interests. The partial list of participating businesses is provided below.

Robin Grearson says she was inspired to create an event when she saw offers of support appearing online. “So many people wanted to help in some way, I wanted to bring everyone together to discover these resources,” she said. “I started planning the event by myself but was quickly offered lots of support. People feel the loss of 3rd Ward because it attracted so many talented, smart, and creative people. But the people were its strength, and they’re still here. I want to create opportunities for this community to connect and share ideas, because new friendships, collaborations and solutions will naturally develop. I want to see value return to the creative community instead of to a group of investors.”

The following is a partial list of organizations planning to attend:

319 Scholes
Art Factory
Bird River Studios
Brooklyn Art Space
Brooklyn Brainery
Brooklyn Craft Company
Brooklyn Fire Proof
The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts
CourseHorse
DCTV
Fountain Art Fair
Hack Manhattan
Happenstance Jewelry Studio
Manufacture New York
Mellow Pages
Painting Lounge
The Public School: New York
Silent Barn
Two Moon Cafe
TurnToTech
UnionDocs
WECREATE

For further information, please see the event page, here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8880021383.

Event details:
What’s Next? Creating Community
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room
79 N 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

About:
About The Brooklyn Brewery:
The Brooklyn Brewery generously donated the use of their Tasting Room and the cost of staff for our event. http://brooklynbrewery.com

About CourseHorse:
CourseHorse is an educational guide to NYC that makes it easy to find, compare and enroll in thousands of professionally instructed classes in topics ranging from art, crafts and cooking, to tech, writing, design and more. http:coursehorse.com

About Brooklyn Brainery:
Brooklyn Brainery is a community classroom in Prospect Heights, hosting classes for curious adults on everything from botany to bookbinding. http://brooklynbrainery.com

About Robin Grearson:
Robin Grearson is a nonfiction writer, writing instructor and consultant in Brooklyn, New York. http://robingrearson.com

Media contact: Robin Grearson.

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