11 September 2013

Pratt Drawing Democracies on Saturday, October 19th, 11:30am – 7pm
The Fine Arts, Foundation, and Art & Design Education departments, along with The Drawing Club have initiated a Drawing Democracies day that will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 on and around Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. Drawing Democracies is an interdisciplinary collaborative project designed to engage our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community in Brooklyn. We are inviting all departments to help us celebrate our common interest in drawing. When we consider that our handwriting, drawn maps, and doodles constitute a form of expression, then everyone draws. Drawing is that viable tool that deepens our sense of community and identity.
Multiple departments at Pratt Institute were invited to join in to mark this day of interdisciplinary and community collaboration, with a goal of making this an annual event. External partners participating are: The Drawing Center in Soho and Art21, featured on PBS. 

"Drawings by the People" on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus, is an exhibition for the Drawing Democracies event.

15 May 2013

REGISTER NOW! NOCD-NY's Citywide Forum
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Thursday, May 30
El Museo del Barrio and El Barrio community sites
11:00am - 7:00pm 

NOCD-NY invites you to join us for a citywide forum to develop a vision for NYC that is grounded in the cultural vitality and social networks that make our communities strong.This vision will become the foundation for a shared policy platform to inform our city's leadership transition in the upcoming year. 

The forum will draw on two key ideas. First, it will honor that, as Wendell Berry wrote,“What we need is here.” Every neighborhood has powerful assets to contribute to a resilient and thriving New York City. Second, it will recognize our interdependence, bringing us together to develop collaborative strategies to engage our City's opportunities and inequities.

(with performances and media interspersed throughout)


Community Sites
Sign up for an intimate lunch hosted by one of El Barrio's network of community sites, including Art for Change, Hip Hop Theater Festival ((in partnership with Social Justice Artists' Collaborative), Manhattan Neighborhood Network Firehouse and others.


NOCD-NY Welcome and Roundtable Discussion
 El Museo del Barrio

Full group discussion co-moderated by Mitty Owens (consultant in development, management and philanthropy) and Esther Robinson (founder of ArtHome), featuring Milly Hawk Daniel (Vice President of Communication at PolicyLink), Prerana Reddy (Director of Public Events at Queens Museum of Art) and others.

Small Group Discussions on...
• Community health and sustainability 
• Innovative uses of urban space
• Community resilience and renewal
• Equitable development

Reporting Back, Responses and Setting Priorities


Closing Party!

We encourage you to join artists, activists and community leaders for lunch at a community site. If you would like to join one of these small lunches (10-20 people), please indicate your interest on the registration page.  We will follow up with a site match and inquiry about dietary restrictions.  A 
detailed program will follow in the coming weeks.

The Naturally-Occurring Cultural District New York (NOCD-NY) working group brings together a unique alliance of artists, activists, creative manufacturers and policymakers who are committed to revitalizing the city from the neighborhood up. The alliance is represented in the Bronx (Bronx Council on the Arts and THE POINT CDC), East Harlem (El Museo del Barrio and FABnyc), Fort Greene (Urban Bush Women) the Lower East Side (Fourth Arts Block and New York Chinatown History Project), North Brooklyn (El Puente and Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center), Corona, Queens (Queens Museum of Art), Staten Island (Staten Island Arts) and includes citywide organizations (The Laundromat Project) and at-large contributors. Questions?  Contact us at nocdny@gmail.com.

29 January 2013

Featured Student Project: @twittertree

The following featured project was found at INITATIVE's Inclusion Illusion 2012 Event:


Devin Grosz & Will Hoffman

LOCATION: variable, can install in a tree along walkway towards ARC, near Grand Ave walkway
DESCRIPTION: This project gives physical form to the ephemeral digital presence of Twitter in our lives, and obliquely comments on its capacity for distraction and its potential to encourage activism. 

As the next generation of designers and innovators, students at Pratt must choose what role social media will play in their lives, both on election day and after their graduation. Interrupting the beauty and calm of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus with a cacophony of tweeting birds competing for attention, this installation confronts, prompts participation, and asks the public to reconsider — and possibly transform — their relationship with social media.

28 November 2012

Inclusion Illusion Photos

For more photos from Inclusion Illusion check out our Facebook!

Inclusion Illusion was a success!

Inclusion Illusion 2012 was a successful Pratt community happening.  This annual event, originated by the Pratt Initiative for Art Community and Social Change, was comprised of an interactive panel discussion and simultaneous interdisciplinary cross-departmental art installations.

The aim was to engage Pratt students, faculty and local invited guests in creative projects and discussions on art, activism and public space.  Additional organizational participation came from Pratt NYPIRG, Pratt Student Affairs, and Pratt Community Engagement Board.

This event was generously supported by the following individuals and departments:
  • Pratt Student Affairs
  • Dean of Art & Design
  • UFTC
  • Film/Video Dept.
  • Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Research
  • John Shapiro.
IACSC is proud to be collaborating with a growing list of departments, clubs, and individuals on campus to host this event:

    • Ron Shiffman Pratt faculty from Programs in Sustainable Planning & Development,
    • Not An Alternative a local hybrids arts collective,
    • Damon Rich, artist and designer, City of Newark, founder and director of Center for Urban Pedagogy,
    • Rachel Falcone, artist and cultural worker, Housing is a Human Right,
    • Chris Rogy, graduate student of the Media Studies Program at the New School's School For Public Engagement and US Fulbright Scholar to Cambodia,
    • Caron Atlas director of Arts and Democracy Project and Pratt faculty in Programs in Sustainable Planning & Development.
    Art installation works were contributed by Pratt graduate and undergraduate students and outside guests.  Projects from participating Pratt students were from Humanities and Media Studies Dept, Communications Design Dept, Fine Arts Dept, Photography Dept, Digital Arts Dept, and Film/Video Arts Dept.  Invited guests were James Andrews from All In The Red and Illuminating Student Debt by Chris Rogy, Lucky Tran, Engin Ayaz, and Crys Moore.

    For Photos of the Event go here.