All the way back at the birth of the word “art,” it was a verb that meant “to put things together.” It was not a product, but a process. If we can reclaim that view of art — as a way of looking at and doing things, a series of experiences and experiments — we gain a fresh grasp on the proven, practical ways to construct the quality of our lives. Eric Booth, The Everyday Work of Art

Thursday, January 19: Please join us for art, performance, and discussion as we launch The Compendium project! The initial organizers will share their artistic practices, speak with you about what our communities need this year, and begin to construct a “living compendium” of participating artists across disciplines. Come to get involved, come to throw your work into the curatorial and organizational mix, come get to know us if you don’t already, and come to enjoy yourself!

Vaudeville Park

26 Bushwick Avenue

6pm: Gallery hours (work curated by Cat Gilbert, The 22 Magazine) and mingle. Wall Artists: Cat Gilbert, Alexander Barton, Aaron Howard

7pm-11pm: Performances from Valerie Kuehne, Ian Colletti, collab between Remote Control Tomato and Anya Liftig, thingNY, PPL, and others to be expected! Facebook event HERE

Free admission, donations-for-beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. All proceeds go towards artist fees for the many local and international artists we will be working with this year, as well as towards a special issue of The 22 Magazine and a final Book (The Compendium) documenting the year of projects.

The Compendium is comprised of artists who are deeply engaged with their communities. Organizing both as artists and as directors of alternative arts spaces, curators, members of ensembles and collectives, arts writers, and as agents of cultural influence, we form a “living compendium” to channel multiple agendas, intentions, and ideas into concrete support for artists and grassroots arts organizations.

Over the course of 2012, The Compendium initiative will experiment with hybrid modes of curation, exchange, and presentation, producing exhibitions, performances, publications, and more.


Then…PPL will be at this symposium, showing a bit of our new opera NATURE FETISH (which is being developed in residence through The Performance Project @ University Settlement) during the ‘Artist Shares’ on Friday night, and Esther is doing one of the workshops on Saturday afternoon. (text below sent out by the Performance Project:)

ART IS NOT APART: Experiments, Reflections and Manifestos

 A three-day symposium for artists, educators, curators and community workers who seek to reclaim the arts as an integral part of community life.

January 26th – January 28th

Collaboratively designed and hosted by two of New York’s oldest yet most innovative community-based organizations – University Settlement and Henry Street Settlement.

Join an array of creative community makers including…

Elastic City, DNA Works, Ping Chong & Company, Panoply Performance Lab, Vibe Theater, Sasha Soreff Dance, Kinematik Dance Theater, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Arts to Grow, Leave Out Violence-U.S. (LOVE-US), Trusty SideKick, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Patty Dukes and Reph Star, The Anthropologists, Hip Hop Re:Education Project and more!

Admission is FREE!

Please click here to complete the registration form by January 23rd You can register for all or parts of the symposium but spots are limited – so act fast and stay tuned for weekly updates!

All Symposium events take place at University Settlement 184 Eldridge Street. (corner of Rivington Street) Click here for directions

Thursday, January 26th 7pm – 9:30pm

Creating Possibilities: Exploring Working Models, Approaches and Techniques

Panel Discussion: In a climate where essential services for children, seniors and other vulnerable populations are struggling to survive, how are artists making art relevant and integral to community life?

Breakout Session: Small groups facilitated by the panelists will brainstorm art and community connections and then collaboratively create a visual artifact to hang in The Gallery of Possibilities which will be on display throughout the symposium. Participants are welcome to bring artifacts from their own work.

The Shoelace Project: Created by Sasha Soreff Dance Theater. This interactive performance and workshop explores how shoelaces represent a powerful and nearly universal symbol: they tie us up, trip us up and hold us up.  Personally inscribe an ultra wide shoelace with your hopes and fears and make discoveries about what gets us tangled and untangled, bound and unbound.

Friday, January 27th 7pm – 9:30pm

Resistance (theirs…or mine?): Transforming Resistance Into Creative Fuel 

Breakout Session: As we have all experienced, resistance is an inevitable component of making art. Small groups guided by expert facilitators will identify and harness the forces of resistance. Each group will devise an original performance as a means of sharing perspectives, strategies, and techniques for working with resistance.

Artist Shares: Enjoy short performances by artists who are finding interesting ways to connect their process and work with communities traditionally beyond the reach of the art world.

Wine Reception: Build up your creative community network.

Saturday, January 28th 3pm – 9:00pm

(Community Dinner @ 6pm)

Manifesting Art and Community: Sharing and Acquiring New Skills, Ideas and Inspirations

 Workshops: A selection of 90-minute workshops led by dynamic facilitators (topics to be announced next week). Each participant will have the opportunity to select two hands-on workshops.

Community Dinner: Sit, eat and enjoy connecting with creative community makers.

Smart Art Manifests & Artist Shares: Join us for an inspiring series of TED-style SAM (Smart Art Manifestos) talks and performances by innovative and highly creative community makers.

This Symposium is co-curated by Nellie Perera, Director of Arts in Education at Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, Alison Fleminger, Program Curator and Educator of The Performance Project @ University Settlement and Michael Roderick, Founder of Small Pond Enterprises LLC.

The title ART IS NOT APART is inspired by artist and educator Eric Booth.

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