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July 25- Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust Open Meeting

¿Le interesa el control comunitario de nuestro terreno?

Venga a participar en una conversación informal con la Cooperativa Terreno de Alto Manhattan [Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust] sobre la posibilidad de iniciar una cooperativa terreno en Alto Manhattan.

¿Qué significa una cooperativa de terreno?                                                                       Una cooperativa de terreno (CLT) es                                                                                 – una corporación comunitaria sin fines de lucro                                                           – un compromiso con la administración permanente y la asequibilidad de viviendas y otros edificios ubicados en su terreno                                                          – abierta tanto a todxs quienes alquilan terreno de la CLT como a quienes residen dentro de la zona geográfica que administra la CLT

Oradorxs invitadxs: Miembrxs de la Cooperativa de Terreno de East Harlem/El Barrio

Coordinado por la Cooperativa de Terreno de Alto Manhattan [Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust (NMCLT)], miembra de la Iniciativa Cooperativa de NYC [NYC Community Land Initiative]. www.facebook.com/NMCLT

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Are you interested in community control of our land? Join Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust for an informal discussion about starting a Community Land Trust uptown.

What is a Community Land Trust?                                                                                   A Community Land Trust is                                                                                                – a nonprofit, community-based corporation                                                                   – committed to the permanent stewardship of land and the permanent affordability of housing and other buildings located upon its land                            – open to anyone who leases land from the CLT and to anyone who resides within the geographic area that is served by the CLT

Guest speakers: Members of the East Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust Organized by the Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust, a member of the NYC Community Land Initiative (www.nyccli.org). Learn more at facebook.com/NMCLT.

Cooperativa Terreno de Alto Manhattan/Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust Open Meeting                                                                                               Miércoles, 25 de julio 2018/Wednesday, July 25, 2018                                            6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                 Word Up Community Bookshop                                                                                    2113 Avenida Amsterdam (esquina de la calle 165)/2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.

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7/12, 8/9, 9/13: Free the Arts Jam

Free The Arts Jam
Come connect with community to share in an artistic and mutual healing peer support space, towards liberation and freedom. Freedom to bring in and share whatever material, in whatever medium, freedom to make mistakes, freedom to be your unique whole self and collaborate with like minds. We move our bodies, we sing, chant, make music, we share and write poetry, we tell our stories in a multitude of way towards understanding, skill sharing, playing, co-creating and supporting each other. If you deal with mental health issues, or what society has labelled “mental illness”, or what has also been reclaimed as “madness”, or invisible disabilities, or “Neurodivergence” – having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal”, than this is a healing justice space is for you! This event is open to all ages, bodies, and minds, though we are centering the needs of Black and Brown, Trans and Queer, Neurodivergent / Mad folks. You can learn more about Free The Arts Fest at freetheartsfestival.com or by emailing freetheartsfestival@gmail.com.
$5-$10 suggested donation; no one will be turned away.
Free the Arts Jam
Second Thursdays: July 12, August 9, September 13, 2018
6:30–8:30pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

 

June 2: Artist Panel & Performance: Yael Ben-Zion’s STILL LIVES

Please join photographer Yael Ben-Zion, and collaborators and artists Marcus Moore, Maaji Newbold, and Michael Deegan, as they engage in a public conversation about the STILL LIVES exhibition. Moderated by Veronica Liu.

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According to a recent report of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are currently more than 550,000 homeless people in the U.S. In New York City, more than 63,000 people are sleeping in shelters every night, a number that almost doubled over the past decade.

STILL LIVES—Yael Ben-Zion’s new exhibition of photographs—questions a society that enables the phenomenon of homelessness to exist and perpetuate.

Through a series of large-format stilllife photographs portraying the objects and belongings of people who have experienced homelessness with whom the artist collaborated, Yael Ben-Zion references the rich tradition of stilllife paintings, in turn hoping to spark a critical dialogue about materialism, how we value objects and human beings, and how perceptions could be challenged.

The ongoing and recent effects of gentrification in Yael’s neighborhood, Washington Heights—and the very real notion that “every New Yorker is one paycheck away from being homeless”—spur questions and assumptions, as a whole community grapples with an issue so local yet so globally persistent.

Collaborators on this project include satirist Marcus Moore, aka The Homeless Poet, an activist and spoken-work artist; Maaji Newbold, an actress with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC; and Michael Deegan, a self-taught painter.

With special thanks to Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization founded and led by homeless people that is organizing for social justice issues and putting forward an alternative vision of community; NoMAA; and Lantern Community Services.

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Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based artist whose work often considers the relationship of the personal to the political. Yael was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yale Law School and the International Center of Photography. Yael’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Israel is also included in the MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project. She is the recipient of ICP’s Directors’ Scholarship Award, the International Photography Awards and grants from NoMAA and the Puffin Foundation. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. Intermarried, her second monograph with Kehrer, was selected for American Photography 30 and featured, among others, in the NY Times Sunday Review, PDN Magazine and the Forward.

Artist Panel: Yael Ben-Zion’s STILL LIVES
Saturday, June 2, 2018
3–5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

May 19: Tools & Tiaras Workshop: Sheet Metal Queen for the Day

Drop by this Tools & Tiaras workshop and learn what sheet metal workers do! Make a crown; all Queens should have a crown. Open yourself up to new experiences. Bring a friend and learn from amazing tradeswomen.

Materials provided. Ages 10 and up.

Tools & Tiaras Inc is a nonprofit that exposes, inspires, and mentors girls and women about the lucrative careers available in the construction industry.

Tools & Tiaras Workshop: Sheet Metal Queen for the Day
Saturday, May 19, 2018
1–3pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

May 12: Yael-Ben Zion’s STILL LIVES Exhibition Opening

There will be a panel discussion related to this event on Saturday, June 2 at 3pm.

According to a recent report of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are currently more than 550,000 homeless people in the U.S. In New York City, more than 63,000 people are sleeping in shelters every night, a number that almost doubled over the past decade.

STILL LIVES—Yael Ben-Zion’s new exhibition of photographs—questions a society that enables the phenomenon of homelessness to exist and perpetuate.

Through a series of large-format still-life photographs portraying the objects and belongings of people who have experienced homelessness with whom the artist collaborated, Yael Ben-Zion references the rich tradition of still-life paintings, in turn hoping to spark a critical dialogue about materialism, how we value objects and human beings, and how perceptions could be challenged.

The ongoing and recent effects of gentrification in Yael’s neighborhood, Washington Heights—and the very real notion that “every New Yorker is one paycheck away from being homeless”—spur questions and assumptions, as a whole community grapples with an issue so local yet so globally persistent.

Collaborators on this project include satirist Marcus Moore, aka The Homeless Poet, an activist and spoken-work artist; Maaji Newbold, an actress with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC; and Michael Deegan, a self-taught painter.

With special thanks to Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization founded and led by homeless people that is organizing for social justice issues and putting forward an alternative vision of community; NoMAA; and Lantern Community Services.

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Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based artist whose work often considers the relationship of the personal to the political. Yael was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yale Law School and the International Center of Photography. Yael’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Israel is also included in the MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project. She is the recipient of ICP’s Directors’ Scholarship Award, the International Photography Awards and grants from NoMAA and the Puffin Foundation. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. Intermarried, her second monograph with Kehrer, was selected for American Photography 30 and featured, among others, in the NY Times Sunday Review, PDN Magazine and the Forward.

Yael Ben-Zion’s STILL LIVES Exhibition Opening
Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 3–5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032