The Sustainable Artist Toolkit

Artists, Cultural Workers, Revelers & Explorers of creative expression: DON’T PANIC.

FAB is excited to bring to you The Sustainable Artist Toolkit – a series of workshops led by A. Nia Edwards-Austin, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Kendra Ross, and Sydnie Mosley, for artists, cultural workers, creativity seekers… and everyone in between. Learn to tell your stories, share resources, activate the community, cultivate thoughtful responsiveness — all while working towards a generative and caring ecosystem.

This season, FAB is thinking about sustainability in a big way. Not just an isolated consideration of ecology and the natural environment, we very much subscribe to the belief that for sustainability to actually mean anything, the thriving of interconnected realms – economics (business), culture, and politics – is crucial.

As a community, we are well-adept at conjuring magnificent worlds in the face of limited resources — but how can we do so intentionally, strategically, and without neglecting our future generations?

This is a big undertaking. But we got this.

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WORKSHOPS AT A GLANCE

*For full workshop description and registration, please click through the title of each workshop!

1BodyBusiness Resource Sharing: getting what you NEED with what you HAVE
Led by Sydnie L. Mosley and SLMDances
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7PM-9PM
59-61 E. 4th Street, 7th Flr
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2Outer(Art)Space for Building Community

Led by Kendra Ross
Wednesday, October 19, 7PM-9PM
Hosted by Downtown Art, 40 E. 4th Street
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3Tellin’ Our Stories: Marketing for and with Community

Facilitated by A. Nia Austin-Edwards, Founder of PURPOSE Productions
Wednesday, November 9, 7PM-9PM
Hosted by Manny Cantor Center, 197 E. Broadway
REGISTER

 

4Artists with Radical Visions: Shifting, Challenging, and Thriving
Facilitated by A. Nia Austin-Edwards, Founder of PURPOSE Productions

Tuesday, December 6, 7PM-9PM
Hosted by Loisaida Center Inc, 710 E. 9th St.
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5Writers’ Circle
Led by Eva Yaa Asentewaa
Wednesdays, Jan 4 thru Feb 27
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6Discovering Our Future Bodies: Movement Making for the Liberation of Black Women
Led by Sydnie Mosley
Wednesday, Feb 8
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7RESPONSE
Led by Eva Yaa Asentewaa
Mar 1 – May 3
Every other Wednesday afternoon
Registration opens in January 2017

 

Additional Workshop TBC!  – stay tuned!

Workshop Descriptions in brief

BodyBusiness Resource Sharing: getting what you NEED with what you HAVE
Led by Sydnie L. Mosley and SLMDances
Wednesday, Sept 21, 2016, 7PM-9PM
59-61 E. 4th Street, 7th Flr

Through a series of artist-guided activities, SLMDances will share practices that work towards a cooperative economy based on trust, value transparency and accountability, all while honoring individual voices. In this session, reflect on what you have & what you need, equitably distribute resources, experience how a cooperative economy operates, and together, find ways to shift the culture in our day-to-day.

Outer(Art)Space for Building Community
Led by Kendra Ross
Wednesday, October 19, 7PM-9PM
Downtown Art

How can art in unconventional places create dialogue for community building? This session will look at the approach used to organize STooPS, a community building event that uses arts to revitalize outside culture in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. By the end, participants will identify techniques and ideas to practically adopt in other contexts

 

Tellin’ Our Stories: Marketing for and with Community
Facilitated by A. Nia Austin-Edwards, Founder of PURPOSE Productions
Wednesday, November 9, 7-9PM
Manny Cantor Center

Who you be? What are you sharing? And why on earth should anyone care?

More than cheap sales tactics and marketing buzz words, this workshop will offer tools and strategies for PURPOSE-fully telling YOUR story and connecting your work to community and audiences. Great for artists, organizations, & independent producers alike, depart the session with a deeper understanding of how to develop strategic marketing practices that best fit your work and are in alignment with your broader value systems.

Artists with Radical Visions: Shifting, Challenging, and Thriving
Facilitated by A. Nia Austin-Edwards, Founder of PURPOSE Productions
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7PM-9PM
Loisaida Inc. Center

What do you need to thrive? Using a model of engagement rather than service, we delve into how we can be our best advocate and support radical visions for collective thriving. This strategic dialogue complicates the conversation around needs and resources. We will work together to define boundaries, affirm goals, and stand in our power. The workshop will also include a space for mock negotiations as we discuss strategies to better support artists in a way that moves us beyond survival to envision and realize our own self-determined liberated lifestyles.

Writers’ Circle
Led by Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Jan 4 – Feb 27, 2017
Hosted by Magnum Photos and Cooper Square Committee
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Are you dissatisfied with the state of critical writing about dance and performance? Writers Circle supports artists of color, across the spectrum of movement-based performing arts, as they practice and share clear, effective writing in response to performance. Previous writing on the arts is not required, but you should have basic facility with written expression.

Open only to a small group of 6, this series requires participants to commit to a total of 4 writing sessions as a group, to see at least 3 shows during the run of the series (tickets provided by FAB), write informal drafts of reviews of these shows to share for feedback and publication on the FABRIC blog, and attend a feedback session.

Discovering Our Future Bodies: Movement Making for the Liberation of Black Women
Led by Sydnie Mosley

Wednesday, February 8, 2016, 7PM-9PM
Hosted by Downtown Art, 40 E. 4th Street
REGISTER

If our bodies are vehicles that help us move through the world, then we must agree that our bodies are the first to bear the marks of privilege, oppression, subordination, superiority, and ultimately, power, that society imposes on us. What is our future body? How do the freedom tools we have identified as radical ways of being and regenerating, lead us to this future body?

The workshop will interrogate respectability politics for black women through an interactive talk, story circles and a performance of Mosley’s collaboratively-devised dance work, CAKE. Through the exploration of black women’s physicality, participants will call forth practices and technologies we use for survival, regeneration, and the reclaiming of our bodily agency as a means of resistance and rejuvenation. Participants should feel comfortable sharing stories about coming into your own body.

RESPONSE
Led by Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Sign Up*: Mar 1, Mar 29, Apr 12, Apr 26
Hosted by Arts On Site

RESPONSE is a series of four sessions intended to foster a culture of support and care in our artist community. The series offers opportunities for participants to sign up to PRESENT work and to RESPOND to those presentations. Spots to share your work will be given on a first-come first-serve basis. We would like to adopt a “pay-it-forward” model and ask that artists that wish to present work also sign up for an alternate session as a responder!

At the end of the four sessions, we invite you to respond to RESPONSE and come for the feedback session on May 3rd.

*note: each session has its own discrete event page! Do make sure you are signing up for the correct date.