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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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New NYT article on 3rd Ward

I spoke with NYT’s Vivian Yee recently about the 3rd Ward closure. She wrote a comprehensive story on what happened, as well as why it mattered to so many people.

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New Meeting Nov. 21: Brooklyn Creatives Meeting for Town-Hall Discussion at Tutu’s

BROOKLYN—The ad hoc community formed when 3rd Ward shut its doors is holding its second meeting this Thursday, November 21 at Tutu’s. This town-hall-style moderated panel discussion is open to artists, instructors, students, makers & creative freelancers. The three-part agenda includes: identifying and discussing community projects, resources and topics of interest; connecting people to each other according to their interests; and of course—socializing.

Panelists scheduled to participate include:

  • Victoria Valencia (Save 3rd Ward/Figure 1 Collective)
  • Andrew Muchmore (attorney and owner, Muchmore’s)
  • Launa Eddy (Maker Directory Project)
  • Theresa Buchheister (the Silent Barn)
  • Dan Lavoie (Freelancers Union)

The first community meeting, held October 23 at The Brooklyn Brewery, addressed the immediate concerns of 3rd Ward’s displaced staff, members, instructors and tenants. There was strong interest in staying connected and rebuilding an independent community, so this second meeting, open to all, will continue its attempt to direct creatives to resources while also helping the community identify its priorities.

Several areas of interest have emerged, including finding/sharing co-working and work spaces, freelance teaching and classroom options, and creative new co-op and collective projects. To support these discussions, a mix of panelists has been invited, including Andrew Muchmore, who has offered to allow teachers the use of Williamsburg venue Muchmore’s for daytime classes; and Freelancers’ Union’s Dan Lavoie. “I think we’ll see our main role as listeners,” said Dan. “We’ll come with notepads and open ears to see how the community is moving and where we can be of assistance.”

Event info:
Thursday November 21, 2013
7-10 PM
7-9 PM (panel discussion)
9 PM- ? (social)

25 Bogart St.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Recap of the first meeting
Tutu’s Brooklyn
Eventbrite invitation
Facebook invitation
Media Contact:
Robin Grearson


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Newsletter overload

I switched to Mailchimp recently to send my quarterly-or-so newsletter, and I was having fun until it arranged the words one of my paragraphs alphabetically. It was a good paragraph, too. Oh well. Lesson: write offline, then copy & paste. Go here for the bullet-point version of what’s new in my consulting/writing/events/community life.

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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!

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