Tanya Fields from the BLK Projek lead a cooking workshop with organic produce.

The BLK ProjeK seeks to address food justice and economic development by harnessing the local, good food movement and creating small business and career opportunities for underserved women and youth of color. Through culturally relevant education, beautification of public spaces, urban gardening and community programming we create easily accessible resources and enrich the lives of women who are routinely overlooked and overburdened yet serve an important and critical role in the larger fabric of society.We will strengthen overall mental and public health, create viable pathways out of poverty, support local growers thereby elevating the collective self esteem of the larger communities we live in.

Saturday’s workshop provided participants with the opportunity to explore the practice of mail art thorugh an intimate workshop with artists Michael and Alan Fleming.  Upon arrival participants were given a handout about mail art and encouraged to view examples in the Bruscky exhibition.  The Flemings began the workshop by briefly summarizing some of the history of mail art and discussing a couple examples of their own work.  They did a 5 minute collaborative exercise as a warm up.  For example, they first asked everyone to cut out a  piece of a Bronx postcard paste it to the page and pass to the neighbor on their left.  This series of short directed interventions primed people to work collaboratively and not to stress about a finished product.  All of the warm up works were lined up at the end of the exercise so people could view the journey their works had taken. 

The final project was an extension of the warm-up and allowed participants to take more care of their work while still working under a short time frame and collaborating with others.   At the end, the group viewed the final works and each person was asked to choose one and seal it in an envelope.  Once the envelopes were sealed the Flemings told everyone to pass their mail artwork two people to the left and then address it to themselves or a friend.

Participants took the bus to the post office together.  Glenn Palmer Smith led a tour of the Ben Shahn murals, discussing the background of the artist, historical context of the work, mural construction process and iconography of the panels.  Participants were engaged and asked lots of questions during the tour.  

This past Sunday was the second edition of Bronx Lab.   

The workshop began with artist Carmen Hernandez introducing her work to the participants.  Then she explained that during the second half of the workshop they would be creating performance props to bring with them outside of the museum for the performance.  People really enjoyed hearing about Carmen’s work and were actively engaged asking questions about the video and laughing at Carmen’s anecdotes about orchestrating her performances.

While we lost some participants after Carmen’s presentation, others joined in for the performance.  Carmen brought a range of fun props and materials for people to assemble and taught the group a song that we practiced inside and sang during the performance. People said they enjoyed being a part of an art work and liked going outdoors for an activity.  At the end of the workshop, Carmen and her performance group taught the participants a lotteria game.

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Working on the question to ask Sarah Sze <March 2, 2013>

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Working on the question to ask Sarah Sze <March 2, 2013>

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Brainstorming questions to ask artist Sarah Sze, US representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale &lt;February 27, 2013&gt;

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Brainstorming questions to ask artist Sarah Sze, US representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale <February 27, 2013>

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Everybody sing, “We are the world…..” okay just kidding.
Here Teen Council members Nancy, Diana, Odalis, and Nusrat stop to take a photo of the globe in Flushing Meadow park on our way to the Queens Museum from the subway. &lt;February 23, 2013&gt; 

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Everybody sing, “We are the world…..” okay just kidding.

Here Teen Council members Nancy, Diana, Odalis, and Nusrat stop to take a photo of the globe in Flushing Meadow park on our way to the Queens Museum from the subway. <February 23, 2013> 

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It’s freeeeeezing out on the bow of the circle line cruise ship &lt;February 2, 2013&gt;

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It’s freeeeeezing out on the bow of the circle line cruise ship <February 2, 2013>

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Hannie leading the Teen Council on a sneak peak tour of the exhibition ‘Honey I Rearranged the Collection’ &lt;January 26, 2013&gt;

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Hannie leading the Teen Council on a sneak peak tour of the exhibition ‘Honey I Rearranged the Collection’ <January 26, 2013>

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Photoshop collages about the Bronx River &lt;January 19, 2013&gt;

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Photoshop collages about the Bronx River <January 19, 2013>

Londonderry graffiti jam

Londonderry graffiti jam