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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:
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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Moderating: Panel Discussion on Housing for Arts in Bushwick

I haven’t been certain where to contribute time to the creative community after organizing the #whatsnext meetings, so I volunteered to help out Arts in Bushwick, who is launching a series of panel discussions. On March 30 I’ll be moderating the first panel, and we’ll definitely be discussing gentrification, landlords and affordable housing.

At Radio on Wyckoff, 5 PM Sunday. Arts in Bushwick has all the info on its blog.

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