Tonight: Opening Reception of Amplifying Creative Communities Exhibit in Williamsburg

Amplifying Creative Communities: North Brooklyn
November 7–20, 2011
Arts@Renaissance
2 Kingsland Avenue @ Maspeth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
www.renaissancenbk.org
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 10, 6–9 pm

The DESIS Lab (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) at Parsons The New School for Design presents Amplifying Creative Communities in NYC: North Brooklyn from November 7–20 at Arts@Renaissance. This exhibition and workshop series, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, are part of a two-year, design-driven initiative aimed at helping neighborhoods and communities to support social innovations that create a more sustainable New York City. These activities range from healthy and local food initiatives, to environmental efforts, alternative modes of transportation, and sharing economies such as co-housing, food cooperatives, and bartering.

“This project evolves from the basic principle that sustainable social innovations are present in hidden, less evident forms in cities around the world through the efforts of individuals or small, self-organized groups that seek to improve their lives and environments through collaboration,” said Eduardo Staszowski, director of the Parsons DESIS Lab.

For the past year, graduate students and faculty at Parsons have been working in North Brooklyn to interview local civic leaders to uncover these types of activities. The results of this research will be shown in the exhibition, highlighting local challenges and the response of the North Brooklyn community.

“The exhibition is designed as an open studio for workshops with community residents, designers and academics,” said Lara Penin, an assistant professor at Parsons and principal investigator of the project. “Workshop participants will be informed by the work displayed throughout the gallery space and at the same time will be invited to add their ideas and comments, which will ultimately become an integral part of the installations.”

The exhibition and workshop series are presented in collaboration with St. Nick’s Alliance, IDEO, ioby (In Our Backyards), Green Map System, and the Cornell University Interaction Lab.

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