ART & COMMUNITY CCNY CLASS BLOG

WEEK ONE 

Please Click on the Photos to see my selected quotes on the readings.

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2/8/2020

2/5/2020

2/5/2020

 Links Listed below each week are some extra materials (artists, other articles, etc.) related to this weeks Class and/or readings. 

The first day's video made me think of Justin Favela; an artist that works with Piñata paper to create large scale sculptural works. 

WEEK TWO 

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2/11/2020

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2/14/2020

This is an interesting and Important Grant Opportunity for immigrant artists. Sadly, the grant has limitations in terms of how many years the Artist has lived in the USA, their legal status and more. 

WEEK THREE We didn't meet as a class. Below are a few thoughts on  the reading for this week.  

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2/17/2020

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2/19/2020

A great read: Bridging the Appreciation Gap: How Employees Prefer to Give and Receive Recognition at Work Specifically about showing employees appreciation, but i think is relevant top showing appreciation to others within an artistic endeavor. 

WEEK FOUR 

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2/21/2020

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2/22/2020

I was moved by the privilege activity- because it clearly displayed how unquantifiable privilege can be. Also it repositioned the power of the word to be self defined.  

WEEK FIVE 

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2/29/2020

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3/1/2020

“You don’t have to move mountains. Simply fall in love with life. Be a tornado of happiness, gratitude and acceptance. You will change the world just by being a warm, kind hearted human being.”
— Anita Krizzan

Pre COVID-19

IN COVID-19

March 11

March 18

so much confusion and fear right now

March 25

I am curious about the positions of leadership and there willingness to adapt. There are a lot of layers at play when we speak of adaptation. Can too much adaptation be seen as waffling, or lack of clarity. I think she mentioned intentionality, and i think this is really important. How can we be intentional and adaptable?

​March 25th potential tasks...

  1. Make a mind map (however you interpret that) about how you’re processing your thoughts these days.  

  2. Cook/bake something, then take a picture and share the recipe (can be invented)- collaborative quarantine cookbook

  3. Daily doodle/photograph- record your quarantine experience in a quick drawing or photo

  4. Write one line a day (Write out your thoughts/feelings for the day)

  5. Set up a structure: Zoom or skype with a friend or a group of friends where YOU initiate a task that has helped you during this time. (ex. dance/paint/yoga)

  6. CHOOSE! 1. Make something by hand for someone. 2. Ask five people what are five things that would make their day better. OR 3. make a playlist for someone.  

  7. PLAY W/ YOUR FOOD! Make some art out of whatever you are eating. (get bougie with it too)

These activities and a few others will appear here

April 7: Reading response to Liz Lerman Article 

I enjoyed learning more about Liz Lerman's work. I had heard about her but knew very little about her approach. I am curious about her need to classify how community work has influenced her concert works? Is there a way for these to be one in the same? I know there is something to be said about defining what community is- but take for example Tyree Guyton, or Rick Lowe- their art practice is the community work in tandem. It sounds like she is trying to grapple with these two things coinciding, or  pursuing new approaches.

April 15: Response to the Danger of the Single Story Video

I love the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She really has a string voice, I am usually swept away by her characters and subtle complexities of their personalities. 

 

Watching her lecture on TED talks at this point when the narrative of who is suffering from this pandemic is incredibly timely. We connect with the stories we are told, but the people in power usually get to write down the story they want.  

I love the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She really has a string voice, I am usually swept away by her characters and

In EmcArts: Innovating at the Intersections of Arts and Social Justice,  Maribel Alvarez wrote about the societal pressure to “Go fast; respond quickly; be uptodate and quickly adapt”, that this mindset is conflated with efficiency and growth; but in the Porch Project; they are giving people the opportunity to ponder and brainstorm. A place for conversation and curiosity rather than lessons. “Leisure is a human right, not a luxury” really resonated

April 22: Response to EmcArts: Innovating at the Intersections of Arts and Social Justice 

Maribel Alvarez wrote about the societal pressure to “Go fast; respond quickly; be uptodate and quickly adapt”, that this mindset is conflated with efficiency and growth; but in the Porch Project; they are giving people the opportunity to ponder and brainstorm. A place for conversation and curiosity rather than lessons. “Leisure is a human right, not a luxury” really resonated. 

Not Sure I buy IN But Here is a "Good Vibes hands Dance"

April 29: Overwhelmed

May 6: Reading response to Animating Democracy

Continuum of Impact  

Scanning through this reading I was moved by the clear ways they defined outcomes vs. indicators. I am always trepidatious about things being measured (though i thourghly believe scientists are very good at this). When it comes to art, measurement or indicators are usually a way for people with money to validate programming that cannot be quantified. This reading made me aware of the good setting up indicators (as the artist themselves) before the project has begun as a way to work toward a desired outcome. This way the artist is not quantify-ing, but instead has a self assessed measurement for quality control.