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2015 Future Imagemakers

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Friday, May 10, 5:30-7:00 pm

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Future Imagemakers 2013

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First Street Green

Last year I attended the Imagining America Conference that was held at New York University over the summer. Much of the conference was divided into breakout sessions of your choosing, and I visited First Street Green. First Street Park is a public park on the Lower East Side located at 33 East 1st Street. This park has been morphed from a neglected space into a place for community engagement through programs that include contemporary artists, architects, designers, and community groups. These events take place from May 1st-Oct 1st each year. First Street Green not only curates programs for the space, but also allows people in the community to suggest ideas and host events.

The first event for this year is on May 4 and is in conjunction with the New Museum’s Idea City Festival. Drawing from this year’s theme, Untapped Capital, First Street Green will hold exhibits, workshops, and screenings from 12pm-9pm at the park. For other events throughout the summer and into the fall, check out the calendar.

This is a really awesome new community engagement program through the arts that is just at the start of what I’m sure will be a long and successful journey. I’m really excited to see how this space transforms in the future.

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Photographing your own community

Came across this article Voices of NY » » The ‘Destruction of a Community’ Thru Another Lens which features an interview with Ricky Flores, a Bronx photographer whose work is featured in the exhibition Seis del Sur at the Bronx Documentary Center. The article and great website for the exhibition highlight what it means to photograph your own community.

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Gordon Parks and the power of photography

What Became of Harlem’s Fontenelle Family? – NYTimes lens blog

Gordon Parks’s Harlem Family Revisited
By JOHN EDWIN MASON and JESSE NEWMAN

In March 1968, Gordon Parks published a portrait of an African-American child with disheveled clothes in Life magazine. His lips were swollen and cracked from eating plaster, in a futile attempt to ward off hunger. His eyes were plaintive and haunting.

Richard Fontenelle was too young to understand, but he and his family became the faces of urban poverty for millions of Americans. The photo essay Mr. Parks produced — “A Harlem Family,” which is now on exhibit at the Studio Museum in Harlem — changed Mr. Fontenelle’s life, and the lives of every member of his family, forever. It sparked in him a desire to succeed, and a lifelong friendship with Mr. Parks. read more 

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You can view the original layout in the online version of LIFE magazine, March 8, 1968. It is quite powerful to see the original context in the magazine with the layout, other articles, other photographs, and advertising.

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Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Inspring project and great resource

For All the World to See : Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

Through a host of media—including photographs, television and film, magazines, newspapers, posters, books, and pamphlets—the project explores the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late-1940s to the mid-1970s.

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Question Bridge

January 13–June 3, 2012
Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative video installation created by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The four collaborators spent several years traveling throughout the United States, speaking with 150 Black men living in 12 American cities and towns, including New York, Chicago, Oakland, Birmingham, and New Orleans. From these interviews they created 1,500 video exchanges in which the subjects, representing a range of geographic, generational, economic, and educational strata, serve as both interviewers and interviewees. Their words were woven together to simulate a stream-of-consciousness dialogue, through which important themes and issues emerge, including family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence, and the past, present, and future of Black men in American society.
The video below gives an overview of the entire project
The Question Bridge Team has developed an incredible curriculum for educators. Register for the Educator Forum as a teaching artist. Their vimeo channel presents  many curriculum modules. This is an extremely rich resource.
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Visual Citizenship

Visual Citizenship: Belonging through the Lens of Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

Community Collaborations’ books and website will be included in an exhibition on Visual Citizenship that is part of the 2 day conference Visual Citizenship: Belonging through the Lens of Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Institute of Public Knowledge, April 23-24. Other Photography and Imaging Alumni and Faculty will part of the exhibition and conference.

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ArtWork Collaborations

Check these projects out that engage with teens, youth, and community groups

Dread Scott: Or Does It Explode?
“…Or Does it Explode?” is a collaborative artwork with Dread Scott and Philadelphia youth. The project is commissioned and coordinated by the ArtWorks! program of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. …Or Does it Explode will be an outdoor public artwork that consists of 12 human scale full body photographic portraits of the teenagers in illuminated lightboxes. The boxes are supplemented by an audio component of the youths speaking about their hopes and dreams. [more]

Pawel Althamer and children from Kassel, Frühling
Twelve years after his participation in documenta X, Kunsthalle Fridericianum presents the new exhibition project Frühling (Spring) by Pawel Althamer (Warsaw, 1967). For Frühling the artist invited several hundred children from Kassel to occupy over 1.000 square metres of the Fridericianum, the historically charged, world-famous exhibition site, which had been a library and a parliament building in the past. Althamer’s main aim is to enliven and transform the museum with the help of the children’s youthful, bold, and above all “unbound creativity”. The children are the project managers, the main actors, while Althamer plays the role of their guest and assistant. [more]

Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas
Founded by artist Rick Lowe in 1993, Project Row Houses believes that art—and the community it creates—can be the foundation for revitalizing depressed inner-city neighborhoods [more]
Explore both the art and community sections

SPARC
Social and Public Art Resource Center, Los Angles, CA
view murals and/or public art projects
SPARC was founded by artist Judy Baca in 1976, and she continues as the artistic director

Suzanne Lacy, an internationally known artist whose work includes installations, video, and large-scale performances on social themes and urban issues.

Public Art as Social Intervention
Project out of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
I found site map easier way to navigiate through site

Wendy Ewald is also an interesting artist to look at in this context
LINKS: Wendy Ewald, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley (only up to 1998)
Wendy Ewald, Blackbird

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