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Part of the Solution: Wednesday, July 22

Even before I attended the Stay in New York Conference last month, I have been sensing a growing momentum in New York, as artists recognize it’s critical to strengthen their communities and work together to create change—whether that change is fighting developers’ broken promises at Rheingold Brewery or pushing City Council to pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. After a long and productive phone call one day about these topics with artist-photographer Ventiko, she invited me to help create a salon/panel discussion as part of her monthlong residency, Sanctum Santorum. This Wednesday, July 22, at Gallery Sensei in Chinatown, I am happy to join Ventiko, Nicole Brydson, Nyssa Frank, Anthony Rosado, Alex Mitow and Eric Ho to help become “Part of the Solution.” I am excited for the new ideas and inspiration that always come from connecting with people around the topic of community. (Thanks for inviting me, Ventiko!)


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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.

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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.


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
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

For further information, please see the event page, here:

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 The Brooklyn Brewery:
The Brooklyn Brewery generously donated the use of their Tasting Room and the cost of staff for our event.

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.

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

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

Media contact: Robin Grearson.


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Party! See You at The Brooklyn Brewery

Dear students, friends, associates & strangers,

I was a writing instructor with 3rd Ward until May 2013. When it closed without warning, I wanted to do something, so I am setting up a (free!) event for people to talk about what they’re doing next. Through the generosity of The Brooklyn Brewery team, this idea-focused gathering is scheduled for 7:30 – 9:30 PM on Wednesday, October 23 in the brewery’s Tasting Room.

This will be the first opportunity to assemble, and I hope to create something fun and valuable. I’m writing to ask for input as I set up the event. Please share this note so anyone who wants to can contact me to participate or help. Event details and an invite and other specifics will be available as soon as I compile the information you send me. Here’s where we are so far:

**New projects and collectives are already forming. I’ve invited some instructors to talk about new projects, and there is room for two or three more to talk about new ideas. Contact me if you are looking for partners in something new.

**A few speakers will discuss their company’s initiatives, such as CourseHorse’s 100-percent-credit offer and Brooklyn Brainery’s Instructor Matchmaking service. Instructors & venues, have you signed up for Instructor Matchmaking yet?

**I will be introducing and identifying some amazing people who offer classes, co-working spaces and other resources in the area throughout the event. If you or your business wants to be part of this, show up or contact me for specifics.

**Really, the idea is to simply connect. So there will be lots of time for that, too.

Do you want to help?
I am seeking a (licensed!) door person and a couple of volunteers to help. Photographers, videographers, or writers who want to help broadcast or document the event, please let me know.

I have no affiliation with 3rd Ward or its business affairs. If you want to write to me about your frustrations anyway, send me a note. I probably can’t help, but maybe you will feel better.

Please add me to whatever social network makes sense for you, if we’re not already connected.

Thank you,

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