These workshops are about cracking open the plethora of opportunities for self-expression available online and offline while expanding expectations for all people to be present in our media. Our (social) media can only reach it's full potential if all people hold a stake in the development and distribution.
So far we held over a dozen workshops serving hundreds new media makers including workshops at W.O.M.E.N. at The Point CDC, Project SOL at Grand Street Settlement, Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, The Center, Bay Eden Senior Center, JASA Club 76, Bay Ridge Senior Center, Harvard University & others!
ART HACK DAY Artists, technologists, activists, and students joined forces at Harvard's Northwest Science Building to build art interventions that fought for suffrage, condemned bribery, and celebrated the political power of expression. Visitors were invited to engage and interact with the projects online throughout the hack, and join the teams Sunday night for a closing exhibition. In the face of corporations being treated as people, campaign contributions determining elections, and lobbyists defining our national priorities, we hacked campaign finance and built interventions through new creative collaborations.
MODEL ACTIVIST NIGHT what would happen if we started to see ourselves not just as models, but as women in media, women with access to media, women who are powerful storytellers, performers, and change-makers? This night was the beginning of the model mafia, now 200+ fashion models strong, coming together to work towards a more equitable, just, sustainable industry and world.
SOCIAL MEDIA SENIORS: A unique curriculum for media creators 65+! In partnership with Jewish Association Serving the Aging, we held interactive technology workshops at senior centers in their network. Our work took us from centers in the the Bronx, to the Bay Ridge neighborhood in Brooklyn, to the Upper East Side. Depending on each center's resources the sessions range from groups huddled around computers to individuals using tablets and smartphones using mobile app.
SCREEN PRINTING & MEDIA MAKING AT W.O.M.E.N. In collaboration with FORCE : upsetting the culture of rape, and WOMEN: a unique group that combines sex education with the arts, we brainstormed national interventions and screen printed signs for wheat-pasting and a short film by creator Shae Mermis.
TEDxMidAtlantic New Media Makers Session: In November 2013 I was asked to curate a session on New Media Makers. After a month of speaker workshops three spectacular talks were formed. Talks included: Misra Walker on Building a Community of Artist Activists, Bayeté Ross Smith on Questionbridge, and Alexis Casson on The Peculiar Kind.
WRITING AND FILM WORKSHOP AT DOUBLE DISCOVERY CENTER @ COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. Emeka Ekwelum invited me to speak with a group of 16 and 17 year olds at DDC after the Zimmerman verdict. Together with filmmaker Damani Baker we helped them craft powerful media to post online.
GOOGLE HANGOUTS WITH SOUTH END TECHNOLOGY CENTER. Creator Dr. Susan Klimczak invited us to hang out with her summer students at SETC and facilitate a discussion and media creation session with a focus on race & the city of Boston.