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Community Sewing Event #2: This Sunday

Join Amanda and NbPac for Community Sewing Date #2 this Sunday, April 18th at Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn from 2-5 pm.

No sewing skills necessary.  We’ll be sewing, sorting, cutting, measuring and having fun.  Drop in for two minutes or two hours!

We need fabric! If you want to donate fabric but can’t make it to a sewing event, contact Anne Palermo at anne.palermo@gmail.com.  Put “NbPac Fabric” in your email header.

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Donor Story!

A Future Phenomena donor tells the story of her fabric donated to be part of Amanda Browder’s chevron-patterned artwork, coming to North Brooklyn in May.

Thank you to all for your support, whether donating fabric, sewing with us, or pledging as little as $10 on our Kickstarter page!

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First Sewing Event

Our first sewing event for Future Phenomena took place on Saturday and was a huge success- we sewed over 850 feet (!) of donated fabric! Those of you who couldn’t make it but still want to help should save the date for our next sewing event, taking place on April 18th at 129 Russell Street in Greenpoint.

Thanks for your continued support of Amanda Browder and Future Phenomena!

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Video of Future Phenomena artist Amanda Browder on Kickstarter

Check out the video of artist Amanda Browder at work on Future Phenomena at the recently launched Kickstarter campaign for the project!  You can be a part of this new public artwork for North Brooklyn by pledging to help Amanda and NbPac cover costs associated with the installation, and attending our first sewing event for Future Phenomena tomorrow at noon!

Donate as little as $10 and receive a swatch of the final Chevron pattern.  Visit Kickstarter to find out more about donor levels and limited edition artwork!

You can also lend your support by joining us at the first of three sewing events to fabricate the Chevron pattern with Amanda. We will be sewing tomorrow, March 27th, from noon until 4pm at St. Cecilia’s Convent, located at 21 Monitor Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Opportunities Update: Abron Arts Center Artist-in-Residency (Lower East Side), Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center (Williamsburg)

The Abron Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Workspace Program is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 residency. The AIR Workspace Program provides free studio space for visual artists for 11 months (beginning September 2010). Applications are due May 1, 2010, 5pm.

The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center Inc., (NTHCCC) is looking for artists to present their work in the currently vacant Engine 212 Firehouse – the future home of the NTHCC. All applicants MUST attend a site visit on March 20th from 2pm – 4pm before submitting their proposal.  Deadline for Applications is March 31st, 2010.

See our Opportunities page for more information about these and other artist calls!

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Opportunities and Resources Update

The Trinity Project is an art and community exchange program with a home base at Most Holy Trinity Church in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Artists of all disciplines can get free or low-cost space for their projects in exchange for volunteer teaching at Saints Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy or general volunteering with Most Holy Trinity Church.

To further our mission of support for local artists, NbPac will be adding and updating our directory of opportunities and resources for artists in North Brooklyn in the coming weeks.  Opportunities are deadline-based calls for proposals for specific projects in the Tri-State New York area.  Resources are local organizations dedicated to bolstering the artistic and creative communities in New York City, particularly Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint.

If you work with or know of an organization, space or other asset for artists in the community, please email a link and project description to northbrooklynpublicart@gmail.com for inclusion on these pages.

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Project Announcement: Future Phenomena

Coming soon in spring 2010, the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) is proud to present Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena. This large-scale, fabric public art sculpture will be temporarily affixed to the façade of an apartment building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where its psychedelic spectacle of bright colors and flowing shapes will be a representation of a group effort in a local community.

Greenpoint and Williamsburg are prime examples of the transformative effects of mass consumption and gentrification, with its ever more degraded earth and mass of abandoned construction sites. With these ill-effects come renewed community activism—embodied by North Brooklyn’s growing efforts to reuse, recycle, and to renew its neighborhoods. Greenpoint and Williamsburg are century-long experiments in the sustainability of urban life. Future Phenomena will not only be a fantastic work to behold, but its focus on recycled materials, public space, and community volunteerism will draw attention to local concerns such as gentrification, pollution, and urban migration.

As part of the conceptual nature of the piece, Browder and NbPac will host three Community Sewing Days and enlist the public‘s participation in the creation of the immense, sewn work (see Community Sewing Days). Volunteers will play an integral role in making Future Phenomena a reality by sewing the chevron shape, donating recycled materials, and transforming Browder’s project into a communal gesture. Through the artist’s and the community’s energy, discarded objects and materials will be transformed into an awe-inspiring work of abstract art.

Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena is presented by North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition. Future Phenomena is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

Community Sewing Days

To help bring Future Phenomena to life, NbPac is hosting three Community Sewing Days in Greenpoint and Bushwick.  We are asking for community participation in donating fabrics and supplies and cutting and sewing the fabric. The dates and locations are:

Saturday, March 27th

St. Cecilia’s Convent (with Round Robin)

21 Monitor Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

12-4pm

Sunday, April 18th

Lutheran Church of the Messiah

129 Russell Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

2-5pm

Saturday, May 1st

Gymnasium of Saints Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy

140 Montrose Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn

2-5pm

About the Artist

Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, Amanda Browder currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001, and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001-07. She received a Chicago Community Arts Assistant Program Grant in 2006 and 2007. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; White Columns, New York; Mixture Contemporary Gallery, Houston, TX; The Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT; Gallery 400-UIC, and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. She is also a founder of the art-podcast www.badatsports.com and member of the the Round Robin Collective. For more information, please visit http://www.amandabrowder.com.

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March 27th – Help Construct Public Art!

Cut, sew, donate and participate – Make public art a community act!

Join Brooklyn artist Amanda Browder and North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) in the construction of Future Phenomena, Browder’s temporary public art project sponsored by NbPac and the Brooklyn Arts Council. To help bring this immense, sewn artwork to life, NbPac will be hosting three COMMUNITY SEWING DAYS and we need your help!

Saturday, March 27th

St. Cecilia’s Convent (with Round Robin)

21 Monitor Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

12-4pm

Sunday, April 18th

Lutheran Church of the Messiah

129 Russell Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

2-5pm

Saturday, May 1st

Gymnasium of Saints Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy

140 Montrose Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn

2-5pm

DONATE –  Contribute your unused fabric to help make the piece! We are covering a building and we need a lot of materials! Looking for cotton, sheets, pants, and non-stretchy fabric, and sewing tools such as needles, thread, and scissors. We are also seeking to borrow sewing machines for just one day or donations of machines for the project. For questions or to arrange donations, send an email to anne.palermo@gmail.com with “NbPac” in the subject header.

CUT – Help cut fabric to form the chevron shape which will make a true spectacle!

SEW –  Help sew with easy straight stiches on a sewing machine (tutoring available!) to physically bind the donated fabrics into it’s awesome shape.

CONVERSE – Help cheer on people working, make new friends and meet other community members, learn and collaborate

It will be a fun day of volunteerism and artmaking!  Bring your craft-loving family members and friends!

Future Phenomena will be installed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in Spring 2010.  To learn more about this project, visit:

http://futurephenomena.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/about-the-project/

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