February 2018 Newsletter

February 5th, 2018

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NYU Press partners with New Village Press

New Village is delighted to announce our new partnership with NYU Press for distributed sales and marketing services beginning this month. NYU Press is a perfect publishing partner for us – our interests align, and we are immensely grateful to work with and learn from such a respected press, whose scale and publishing expertise can help our books reach a wider readership, especially in the academic realm.

We also want to express our appreciation as we say goodbye to the entire staff of Consortium, our resilient trade distributor for the past 13 years. We will truly miss working with everyone on their kind and dedicated team.

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Chris Hedges interviewing Carl Anthony in the ON CONTACT television studio.

Chris Hedges interviewing Carl Anthony in the ON CONTACT television studio.

Mindy's quote in City Lab article.

Mindy’s quote in City Lab “Even the Dead Could Not Stay” article.

Sylvia Sleigh, Sabra Moore: My Ceres, 1982, oil on canvas.

Sylvia Sleigh, Sabra Moore: My Ceres, 1982, oil on canvas.


Events and broadcasts for Earth City Race with author Carl Anthony

Bay Area friends, if you missed the fabulous Oakland launch last October for Carl Anthony’s new book,The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, here’s another chance to hear this venerated environmental and social justice leader. Carl will present Friday, February 9th at 7pm at East Bay Booksellers (formerly known as Diesel Books). A rare opportunity to meet Carl, get inspired, ask questions, and have him sign his book for you!

Also, tune in to hear Carl Anthony on Forum with Michael Krasny, 10-11am PST, February 19th on KQED-FM Radio (88.5 MHz, San Francisco).

Chris Hedges interviews Carl Anthony on spatial apartheid and the role of race in reimagining cities, titled “Architecture as a form of oppression with Carl Anthony,” for his weekly television program — On Contact. Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, and former professor at Princeton University.

Sabra Moore: book review and letter to the editor

Sabre Moore’s book, Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992, was a featured review in THE Magazine of Santa Fe. Reviewer Jenn Shapland comments, “Unlike most histories of white feminism, Openings details the efforts — sometimes clumsy, sometimes discriminatory, sometimes failed — to stay conscious of and to resist the many forms of violence and erasure that exist in white heteropatriarchy.” Shapland also notes, “It’s my ardent hope that, in the future, we will have more books like Moore’s to guide us, written by the other women who participated in consciousness-raising, protesting, and the many meetings that formed the women’s movements.” Thanks – we agree!

A Letter to the Editor from Sabre Moore ran in the New York Times on Feb 2, in response to the article National Gallery of Art Cancels a Chuck Close Show. Moore comments, “the cultural moment has shifted,” after Close’s show had been cancelled due to sexual abuse allegations. Moore points out, “In the 1970s and ’80s when we women artists were meeting to figure out how to respond to our exclusion from equal participation in the art world, one of the questions we asked was, Why does it matter? Do we have something different to say? Forty years later, we are still at the cusp of that question.”

Programs and media featuring author Mindy Fullilove

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy to America’s Sorted-Out Cities, will be speaking at Design Studio for Social Intervention’s event “The Creative Force of Black History” in Roxbury, MA, on February 8th.

Dr. Fullilove’s expert opinion on gentrification in Roanoke, Virginia is featured in a recent CityLab article, “Even the Dead Could Not Stay,” a truly unique, illustrated, and informative story by Martha Park about the destruction caused by policies of urban renewal.

Dr. Fullilove was a featured presenter in the 22nd Annual UCLA Health Care Symposium on January 27, that focused on gentrification. She noted, “if we want to better manage health, we don’t need better hospitals. We need a better society.” Fullilove explained how the displacement of people of color from their homes leads to severe health problems. “We have been systematically sacking cities. In particular, the communities of poor people,” and pointed to “the real estate industry hand in destroying public housing.”

New Village Press: Still Powered by the Grassroots

December 11th, 2015

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As we complete a decade of publishing, we at New Village Press are feeling more reflective than ever—this year marks, as our friend Roberta Schine dubbed it, our Tenth Press-iversary! To propel us into our second decade, New Village Press is running a monthlong crowdfunding campaign—New Village Press: Building the Beloved Community. Please consider making a contribution (tax-deductible) and sharing our campaign with your community. But first, join us in our time machine as we travel back to Friday, August 26, 2005!

Mat Schwarzman opened the door of his New Orleans home for a highly anticipated package—his advance author copies of Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts, his and New Village Press’s first published title! Mat and the book’s co-author/illustrator, cartoonist Keith Knight, were excited with us about book launch events scheduled in and around NOLA. History, however, like that city’s famous curve in the Mississippi, bent the way it would. Saturday morning, fervent neighbors grabbed Mat and his wife Mimi—who were recently without an operational car—to evacuate with them, warning of a coming hurricane. The next morning, indeed, Katrina hit New Orleans.

Keith's prescient drawing of Mat in their book's introduction.

(That’s Keith’s prescient drawing of Mat in their book’s introduction)

After a few nights in a remote hunting lodge that offered shelter, Mat, Mimi, and loyal canine Lundi Gras were lent a car by complete strangers and drove all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area, where they could dry out their socks in the company of friends like Keith. It was there they learned that New Orleans residents would not be allowed to return to their city for three months. Three months!!! Mat could have put book peddling on hold to lament this forced diaspora—but wasn’t this the moment people most needed creative tools for community building? With a nudge from Keith, they took their dog-&-book show on the road, playing community centers, bookstores, museums, libraries (also a few pizza parlors) as far as Detroit to share New Village Press’s inaugural book and the power of grassroots social change.

We look back at our beginnings grateful to have been lifted by Mat and Keith’s resilience, by their good humor in difficult times, and especially by the strength found in coming together to create positive change. This commitment to developing an openhearted society is what carries us through obstacles, distractions, and dips in the road. We’re also buoyed by the fact that this very first book we published remains a top seller after ten years!

As we step out of our time machine, we’re asking you to help us bring readers the best in social justice, participatory planning, community building, ecology, and community-based arts. Please help us continue our distinctive publishing—which the sale of books alone does not cover—by making a contribution before the end of December!


America’s Cities Need Therapy

September 9th, 2015

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Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove


When a relationship feels withered and wasted, and the future looks bleak, most doctors would urge their patients toward rehabilitation through open dialogue and conscientious therapy. According to Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities, that is the exact same approach we should be taking with some of our country’s most neglected and underserved patients—our broken American cities.

Fullilove, who is a clinical psychiatrist and public health specialist, spoke in Erie, Pennsylvania two weeks ago on “Creating a Safe & Healthy Connected City”. There she discussed the divided nature of so many of our urban metropolises, and how these ruptures in the fabrics of our cities have led to consequences much more detrimental than a simple line of demarcation on a map. An increase in violence and disease, a decrease in education and employment, and a stagnancy in urban planning decisions are all devastating effects of cities ripped apart and ignored.


Listen to Dr. Fullilove explain her early work as a therapist: The Town Shrink (0:39)


So how do you know if your city is one of these fragmented places Dr. Fullilove refers to? If Dr. Fullilove is our “Town Shrink” and cities are our patients, then here is a list of signs to see if your city needs some substantial civic therapy.

Urban Alchemy by Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Urban Alchemy by Mindy Thompson Fullilove


1. You have the same fights over and over again 

When a city stops communicating as a whole, understanding its problems well enough to institute any real change becomes less and less likely. Dr. Fullilove discusses that urban renewal led to the clearing of many city neighborhoods, usually those with higher African American populations, undermining the vitality of certain sections of the city. Creating the rift between those two groups initiated a barrier in communication, and when communication deteriorates and arguments arise, the chance for constructive compromises grows slimmer. She continues that when there is a “collective paralysis” among citizens, things fall apart and people suffer.

What Dr. Fullilove points out, though, as one of her nine principles of urban restoration, is that we must make our mark by expressing our vision to the world. By launching a public plan of action to tackle a certain issue or accomplish a task, a city can show, rather than argue about, what matters they deem significant enough to warrant change. In any relationship, communicating effectively is crucial in ending constant bickering, and a candid discussion of a city’s problems can lead to plausible and sustainable remedies.

2. The other person is always ‘the bad guy’

When habitual fighting means one part of the city is always blaming the other parts, these fractured sections not only turn their teammates into adversaries, but never hold themselves accountable. If the citizens of a city start to feel like they’re fighting for separate teams, therapy is necessary to remind everyone that they’re on the same side. As Dr. Fullilove explains, when “undesirable racial elements” led to divestment from neighborhoods, cities were suddenly divided into “desirable” people in flourishing areas and “undesirable” people in crumbling neighborhoods. This damaging attitude toward the “undesirable” population creates a dichotomy of good versus bad, which has no place in a city where any injury isn’t just to one group but to the community as a whole.

Dr. Fullilove urges that the problem is not the distressed neighborhoods but rather “the policies that we as a nation have used which have undermined the urban ecosystem.” Treating this fragile ecosystem with care means employing the mindset that when any part of the city succeeds, we all share in the success, and when any part of the city fails, we all feel the failure. In a healthy relationship, there is no finger-pointing because everyone is on the same team, working toward the same goal.

The Periodic Table of the Elements of Urban Restoration

The Periodic Table of the Elements of Urban Restoration

3. It feels like you’re leading separate lives

With crippling communication habits and lack of productive conversation, it’s easy to feel as if two sides simply co-exist, without any meaningful interaction between the two. This kind of negative relationship within a city can leave one side feeling neglected, abandoned and judged, unsure of how to develop when feeling so alienated. Dr. Fullilove encourages us to “keep the whole city in mind,” by looking at different areas of a city as connected and with the “potential for continuity”. She warns us, “Don’t apply your model of segregation….see the space for what it is.” During her talk, she presented quotes by two separate women in Baltimore from earlier this spring: a Black woman living in the area where riots were taking place, and a White woman living in a wealthy neighborhood outside of the city. The black woman claimed there are dilapidated buildings everywhere and the city “never invested in the people,” while the white woman explained “the riots are not our reality” since she feels adequately protected by the police. These kinds of polarizing worldviews lead down a dangerous path for cities who want to develop a collective identity but are instead, encountering citizens who continue to differentiate themselves from one another in harmful ways. To transform a disconnected relationship into a dynamic and effective one, a city must embrace every facet and engage every member of its community in unison.

4. There’s a serious lack of affection

When a relationship continues to support the separation of identities, affection quickly disappears and what remains is slow-growing resentment and hostility. Starving one part of a city of the attention and love it needs only furthers the notion that it is unworthy of serious consideration for stabilization. During Dr. Fullilove’s presentation, one community member, a woman from the more dilapidated east side of Erie, explained her frustrations with the crumbling state of her neighborhood. She explained, “I can’t encourage [my children] to stay here because there are no opportunities.” She goes on to describe a problematic highway that cuts off access to the west side of town, a prison situated near schools and daycares, and the lack of grocery stores in the area. She reiterated what she told her children, “Find a better place to live because you can do better than this.” Dr. Fullilove suggested that to repair these cracks among the community and eliminate the ingrained sense of partition, we must invite people to shared public spaces to inspire a new way to look at our cities. When all parts of the city share common spaces and all people are invited to develop these spaces for the public good, a feeling of camaraderie is bound to emerge. She acknowledges that cities have so much hatred, fear, hopelessness, and powerlessness, but she also adds, “We don’t want to be how we are, that’s the strange thing about America.” Finally, she reminds us that “the plants you put into the earth continue to grow”, and the more affection and concern you show an entire city’s citizens, the more likely a broken city will mend and prosper.


Hear Dr. Fullilove on changing the way we are: Let’s Be Apple Pie (0:29)


If these signs sound familiar, take some advice from Dr. Fullilove and start cultivating a healthy urban habitat. Our cities could use the help.


-Muneeba Raza



Announcing Durham’s Citywide Book Study of Urban Alchemy!

May 27th, 2015

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“By protecting and restoring our places, we can mend our destiny and create new hope for a bright collective future.” -Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Urban Alchemy


Spirithouse, a cultural arts and organizing organization in Durham, North Carolina, and the Durham County Library have chosen Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove’s Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities, a New Village Press book, for the August 2015 citywide book study. In the book, Dr. Fullilove combines her work in public health with her personal life experiences and helps readers explore ways of healing deeply connected social and spatial fractures. She leaves them with the palatable Periodic Table of the Elements of Urban Restoration- nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole.

The subtitle phrase “Sorted-Out” has its origins in the Thomas W. Hanchett 1998 book Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975, a book about the ways segregation, both economically and racially, were programmed into the built environment over time through governmental and economic policies in a city that shares a state with Durham. Evidence of the legacy of these processes can be found in the history and continuation of redlining in Durham, the building of Highway 147, which marked the destruction of Black Wall Street, the Durham Police Department’s celebration of “Operation Bull’s Eye,” which sits over a historical redlined neighborhood, and the war on drugs and its wildly disproportionate effects on poor communities of color, all of which Pratt Institute students of Dr. Fullilove will be helping to map as the book study approaches. To see Durham getting behind a book that provides the tools to begin reversing decades of sorting out by being critical of how it came to be is both stirring and encouraging. In August, much of Durham will be asking the questions Urban Alchemy begs: What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other?

We can’t wait to see what becomes of this citywide contemplation on ways of bringing wholeness to the city and its communities!


-Jourdan Sayers



Diversifying Architecture as a Field and a Practice

March 24th, 2015

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Photo: Architects, Designers, and Planners gather for a panel on the importance of Building Together from International and Domestic Perspectives as part of the November 2014 Ron Shiffman Symposium on Participatory Design and Advocacy Planning

Photo: architects, designers, and planners gather for a panel on the importance of Building Together from International and Domestic Perspectives as part of the November 2014 Ron Shiffman Symposium on Participatory Design and Advocacy Planning at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

In a recent ATTN: article, Why We Need More Women Designing Buildings, author Ashley Nicole Black highlights the good that would come from more women and people of color entering and climbing the ranks of the architecture profession. She also discusses the systemic hurdles that prevent that from happening. As an undergraduate student who found himself grateful that he’d chosen to major in urban studies instead of architecture each time he stepped to a cash register with architecture studio materials in hand, I can attest to such factors as the high cost of studio requirements pushing low-income students, who are disproportionately students of color (like myself), away from the field. In her article, Black outlines the increasing difficulties of remaining in the profession as a woman or as a person of color as one climbs higher and higher in the field. She argues that this lack of accessibility hurts architectural output and thus hurts people who interact with architecture (all of us). This all begs the question, what is architecture’s role in diversifying the field and its works?

Notably, the project that Black points to as exemplifying the benefits of diversifying the field is the city of Vienna, Austria, written up in the City Lab article, How to Design a City for Women, is designed not by a single architect who has risen through architectural ranks despite systemic oppression, but through a process of seeking the direct input of the diverse multitude actually using the final product. No doubt, the scarcity of non-white, non-male representation at architecture firms is a huge problem; it is, however, a problem with much deeper roots, a problem likely too big, too systemic for architects to solve alone. More immediately, looking to Vienna’s women-conscious design, architecture must shift its practice to shift the trends of minority inaccessibility in its output. The problem with architecture’s lack of diversity lies in how architecture, plans, and designs are often imposed upon people rather than constructed with significant input from those people. Ron Shiffman, co-author of Building Together: Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building, says of his career in working with community members to meet their needs and their wants in the project that will ultimately be theirs: “It often meant abandoning one’s self-interest, acknowledging biases and sublimating personal and institutional egos.”

In this book, he and Roger Katan, also a veteran of participatory planning, provide case studies of their work, showing readers how architects, planners, officials, and community members can join forces in building up communities. Diversity at the professional level is powerful (architect Deanna Van Buren has an exceptional blog post on this—Changing the Face of Architecture), but will only be made more powerful accompanied by a diversity at the participatory level that reflects the diversity of every project’s stakeholders. Katan and Shiffman set their egos aside in order to use their privilege and positions to give power to those voices often ignored in the design process. The results are both inclusive and compelling; they even begin to chip away at the underlying systems keeping minorities away from top spots in the profession. As Black writes in her ATTN article, “The way spaces are built shapes the experiences we have in and around those spaces. Imagine the types of experiences we could have in and around buildings built by people who have had diverse experiences.” Participatory planning is one of the strongest tools we have for making this imagination a reality.

-Jourdan Sayers

“Do We Really Live Together?”

January 12th, 2015

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French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Drian announced the deployment of 10,000 troops in an effort to boost security efforts in the wake of the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. This is the largest mobilization of troops within the country in French history. President Francois Hollande has been in discussions about new measures to introduce including a French version of the Patriot Act that was rushed into action immediately following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. It seems certain members of the French government are failing to recall that swift military action and sweeping security reforms have created far more problems than they were meant to solve.

Lilith Guillot, a participant in the Paris March Against Terrorism that drew millions over the weekend, was quoted in the New York Times criticizing the government response to the attacks thus far. She felt dismayed at the prospect of increased security forces and the increased potential for war. Many of the people committing these atrocities come from disadvantaged backgrounds and perhaps they looked to Islamic extremism as an escape from their destitute situation. The leaders of the world fail to realize that the root of the problem is the lack of integration and inclusion. Until they realize it, “nothing will change,” Guillot said.

The acts that shook France last week were perpetrated by former residents of Paris’ 19th Arrondissement. It has housed numerous militant French Muslims that have either joined extremist groups abroad or plotted domestically. The NY Times has called the neighborhood one of the city’s “most fascinating and complicated,” adding that it is “one of the largest, youngest, poorest, most racially diverse – and the most criminal.” MSNBC interviewed residents of the 19th arrondissement after the attacks. An elderly resident said that there has been an increased police presence and that the atmosphere of the neighborhood has been “really tense.” A social assistant who works with teenagers who don’t go to school lamented the integration problems in her neighborhood. The video ends with the social assistant posing a telling question: “We are neighbors but do we really live together?”

In Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities out via New Village Press, Mindy Thompson Fullilove explores how the sorting out of cities (i.e. cities segregated based on race, class, age, religion, lifestyle, and sexual orientation) has exacerbated the inherently unequal conditions of those marginalized within them. In the book, she outlines nine elements of urban restoration necessary for repairing cities and ultimately rehabilitating the health of our nation. A point made early on is a statement attributed to architect and urban planner Michel Cantal-Dupart: in order to help neighborhoods, the whole city needs to be treated. Though the book is geared towards American cities, it can be applied towards any city in any country. Fullilove argues that fractured neighborhoods are responsible for health problems, such as the spread of the AIDS epidemic. These same fractured neighborhoods can also foster terrorism. The solution is not an increased military presence but rather an increased presence of empathy, understanding, and inclusion.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove will be speaking tonight at The Center for Architecture from 6 – 8pm as part of the Oculus Book Talks. She will be discussing the ills that have come as a result of divided neighborhoods and new approaches to urban planning and design that would cultivate collective well-being.


-Timothy J. Elliott

Why Community-Building Does Matter

June 20th, 2014

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Children line up for water ice to help ease the heat at the 10th Annual Hike the Heights

Children line up for water ice to help ease the heat at the 10th Annual Hike the Heights in NYC

In Jason Karaian of City Lab’s recently-published article, he cites the pan-European survey on happiness, concluding that the data suggest an inverse relationship between individual happiness and local community closeness. While Karaian does close with an “Of course, happiness is determined by many more factors then [sic] whether you get along with your neighbors” disclaimer, the overall implications of his article are dangerous and irresponsible. Carried out to its logical conclusion, this claim suggests that local investment and community-building efforts are unnecessary, unimportant, and maybe even harmful.

At the most basic level, his data analysis falls short in that it makes no attempt to account for differences in wealth. Germany and the UK are both listed as nations where individuals report weak local connections and above-average overall life satisfaction while Latvia, Croatia, and Romania are listed as nations with the opposite- high degree of closeness with local area and below-average life satisfaction. If we look past the shortcomings of analyzing this data at the level of national averages- an insufficient method given intranational inequalities- and look just at national wealth measured in terms of GDP per capita, the differences between the countries chosen for comparison cannot be ignored. Using International Monetary Fund data to determine GDP per capita in US dollars, Germany and the UK land considerably above Latvia, Croatia, and Romania (Germany- $44,999; UK- $39,567 vs. Latvia- $15,205; Croatia- $13,561; Romania- $8,910). My hunch is that the stark inequality between the nations chosen for comparison has much more to do with overall life satisfaction than the reported strength of community closeness. Given the mobility that wealth enables, economic elites are able to operate with relative disregard to place. Not relying on social ties may work fabulously for the mobile members of the upper class, but it is not nearly as beneficial for the markedly immobile working-class poor.

Eric Klinenberg’s case study of the 1995 Chicago heat wave (read an interview about his book and work here) reminds us why community-building is important, especially for low-income individuals. During the week of July 14th-20th, 1995, 739 more Chicagoans than the average died and the heat was blamed. Klinenberg lists the US Centers for Disease Control’s description of the typical victim as someone who was “living alone, not leaving home daily, lacking access to transportation, being sick or bedridden, not having social contacts nearby, and of course not having an air conditioner.” Intuitively, the conditions of lacking access to transportation and not having an air conditioner apply most frequently to lower-income individuals, so poverty was clearly an important condition for susceptibility. More than that, though, Klinenberg demonstrated that despite the economic similarities between certain communities, those with lower death tolls had specific social and spatial conditions such as “high population density, busy commercial life in the streets, and vibrant public spaces,” while those with higher death tolls had been “abandoned—by employers, stores, and residents—in recent decades.” He continues, “[t]he social ecology of abandonment, dispersion, and decay makes systems of social support exceedingly difficult to sustain.” Disinvestment from a certain subset of low-income communities, then, produced a condition in which hundreds of people senselessly died while community building efforts in another set of low-income communities preserved lives, and that is a link between community-building and happiness.

-Jourdan Sayers

Lily Yeh: Artist, Lecturer, Radio Star

April 16th, 2014

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423796_342130649166948_998715580_nWhere some see desolation and brokenness, Lily Yeh, author of Awakening Creativity: Dandelion School Blossoms, sees potential for positive transformation. Lily has a bright, colorful vision for the world and she strives to instill this vision in others by empowering impoverished communities across the world to experience creativity through the creation and preservation of art.

Just last week, Lily was interviewed by Caroline Casey on the Visionary Activist Radio Show in a segment titled, “Dedicated Acts of Beauty Trump Tyranny and Restore Intimacy to the World.” During the show  Casey indicated the extent to which Lily has touched her life claiming that “Lily Yeh is among my favorite humans and most inspiring radio guests.” Lily went on to share her personal mission and experiences, including her struggle to remain dedicated to her projects despite certain challenges, as well as stories about her work over the years with Barefoot Artists, including her trip to Palestine which is happening this month.

“I must somehow harness the fear and then just get courage to go into this project and…by facing my own fear and not running away from that, I stepped into my life and I felt that from then on…my fear became my guide…That’s when I learned broken places become my canvas, people’s stories become the color, and people’s imagination becomes the tool and we can turn brokenness and despair into beauty and joy”  —Lily Yeh, Visionary Activist Radio Show, 2014Balata_3-500x333

Lily has also been invited to deliver the 2014 Dudley Memorial Lecture at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 12 at 7p.m, an event established in 1984 by Robert Whittier Dudley, and their six children to commemorate and perpetuate Argentina’s life’s work and interests, the objective of which is to provide memorable and enriching cultural experiences to diverse audiences. Lily will honor this objective by sharing stories from her inspiring work.

In the past few months, Lily has made great strides with her creative movement between appearing on the radio and on TMJ4’s Live at Daybreak, being interviewed by HsiuChih Lo for the October 2013 issue of Art World 279, and providing lectures and workshops  at screenings of The Barefoot Artist Movie. Here at New Village, we have enjoyed following Lily’s progress and look forward to witnessing more of Lily’s amazing work as she demonstrates the ways in which art functions as a catalyst for positive social change.

2014: Year of Jan Gehl

April 8th, 2014

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Jan Gehl1 smallIn an article featuring Jan Gehl, he is described as “the most influential architect you’ve never heard of.” However, we are pleased to say, that his efforts along with the collective efforts of Gehl Architects have not gone unnoticed as the people of Lublin, Poland, have nominated 2014 to be “Year of Jan Gehl.”

Jan Gehl, visionary architect and contributing author of What We See, aspires to create livable cities by improving their quality of life. He often writes and lectures on the subject of livability, indicating that public life is the key to improving it. Gehl addresses this subject by re-imagining city design to accommodate for the pedestrian and cyclist culture–a culture that he believes is the key to making healthy cities. Gehl has been pursuing these issues on a global scale since 2000 with the founding of Gehl Architects.

“The word livable is used more and more…it has to do with the notion of creating a city which gives a very good quality of life for those who are living there and those who are working there, and it is very important that it be for all age groups.” -Jan Gehl

At New Village Press, we celebrate Gehl’s ideals and commend him for his strides in urban design, and we are curious to follow the initiatives and the outcome of Lublin, Poland’s nomination.

The Green Schoolyard Movement is Gaining Momentum

February 11th, 2014

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Danks_Headshot_crop-a Author of Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Sharon Danks, recently announced the launch of Green Schoolyards America, a new organization formed to inspire schoolyard transformation across America from bleak asphalt to green spaces full of life! Sharon hopes that Green Schoolyards America will encourage community engagement while promoting the idea that schoolyard transformation can be used to connect children with their local ecosystems, while maintaining a curiosity for adventure, and learning to nurture their surroundings first-hand.

Through Sharon’s tireless efforts and dedication to this worthwhile cause, the green schoolyard movement continues to grow, and Sharon speaks to the need for this growth in two articles published by the Children and Nature Network. The first article, “The Green Schoolyard Movement: Gaining Momentum Around the World,” outlines the physical and mental benefits of incorporating nature into schoolyards and play spaces. Sharon describes the significance of these spaces in stimulating healthy growth and development in children:

Schoolyards are now one of the only places many children are allowed to play outdoors on a daily basis, and they are increasingly important for fostering  children’s health and development. With this in mind, I believe that schools have a responsibility to provide the next generation with outdoor experiences that help them develop their curiosity, their sense of adventure, a healthy lifestyle, and a love of nature.

Sharon also shares her views on how to successfully establish these green spaces and why it is important to do so:

Schoolyard greening creates rich environments that connect nature and environmental sustainability with place-based learning, hands-on curricula, and imaginative play, while building community…By teaching students to explore their environment with their hands, hearts, and minds—whether they are climbing into a tree house or diving into the challenges of the surrounding world—green schoolyards help us to plant seeds that will blossom as children grow up and help to shape an ecologically literate society.

In the second article in of her series, “Trends That Give Us Hope: The Power and Potential of Green Schoolyards,” Sharon continues to expand upon her discussion of the green schoolyard movement. SheAsphalt to Ecosystems believes that:

If, as a society, we can turn our attention and resources toward creating school district-wide, ecological systems-based improvements to school grounds, we will make significant progress in addressing complex inter-related problems…The time is right to invest much more significantly in our school grounds across the country.

Sharon concludes both articles with an invitation to join the movement and participate in the growth of this important endeavor:

This is a call to scale up our green schoolyard work from coast to coast, and empower school districts to lead this paradigm shift with increased support from their communities, public institutions, local utilities, healthcare institutions and other like-minded organizations and partners.

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