This is a banner-making workshop with East Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust (EHEBCLT) in the Summer of 2016. The EHEBCLT is working to develop and preserve community controlled, truly and permanently affordable housing, commercial, cultural and open space that prioritizes households of extremely low to low incomes. For more info on what this land trust will bring to the community feel free to check out: http://picturethehomeless.org/home/whatwedo/homeless-housing/community-land-trusts-the-homeless/
This program is a series of banner making workshops coming out of my volunteer work with Picture The Homeless (PTH), a residency with More Art and collaborations/support with Washington Heights Arts & Comics (WHAC), WRRQ Collective , Joan Mitchell Foundation Education and Research Center, Allied Productions Inc, Bottino NYC, and Materials For the Arts. Unfortunately, due to limited funding the other workshops on housing and civil rights campaigns for PTH Campaigns have to be postponed.
These workshops served a need for PTH by helping them strategize and create banners that they will use to help forward their various campaigns and bring attention and awareness of the important issues addressed by each campaign. Through a hands-on approach, these workshops let volunteers with PTH strategize visuals for their campaign. These directed workshops provide PTH Community members with the tools to learn how to do it for themselves, if they so choose. They also get to see a part of their own hand in making the banner come together through teamwork, and that they have the ability to make something beautiful together!
More about PTH: http://picturethehomeless.org/
Through the collaboration of the WRRQ Collective, these workshops with a younger generation that have come out of the shelter system (Sylvia’s Place Emergency Shelter) to develop their own political voice and connections through the fun process of creating a banner for an important political cause and nurturing young artists/activists creativity. More about WRRQ: http://www.wrrq.nyc/ and a recently published article in NYTimes: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/06/22/why-we-dance-photos-from-the-radical-queer-underground/?_r=0
Washington Heights Arts & Comics have been extremely important in helping facilitate and shape these workshops. WHAC is helping to create a unique place in Washington Heights for art, culture, and social justice since the neighborhood has little to none local arts programming. More about WHAC: www.whac-nyc.work