Beyond Zuccotti Park takes on New York City!

September 24th, 2012

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Megan Holmes @ 12:02 pm

Lynne Elizabeth’s trip to New York City for Beyond Zuccotti Park‘s pre-release events was a great success! The Oculus Book talk at the Center for Architecture was the best attended book event they’ve ever had, and the Symposium also had a full crowd and a great discussion. There was even some light-hearted fun with Van Alen Bookstore and Occupy Town Square with a Pop Up Salon for International Park[ing] Day!

New York Times’s Urban Affairs Correspondant Sam Roberts released a mini-review in his Friday BookShelf column, calling Beyond Zuccotti Park a “timely perspective on public protest.”

An excerpt of Jeff Hou’s chapter from Beyond Zuccotti Park was just published in Design Observer/Places, complete with beautiful color pictures. “Jeffrey Hou shifts the emphasis from physical space to citizen action. We need to focus not just on ensuring the right to public assembly, he writes, but also on ‘the making and mobilization of the public as an actively engaged citizenry.'”

Lead editor Ron Shiffman will present Beyond Zuccotti Park on Saturday, September 29, in a keynote address at Pratt Institute Alumni Day and on Friday, October 19, at the 2012 MAS (Municipal Art Society) Summit for New York City.

We’ll keep everyone updated as new things continue to happen and as the momentum keeps gathering!

Editors left to right: Anusha Venkataraman, Anastassia Fisyak, Lynne Elizabeth, Lance Jay Brown, Ron Shiffman, and Rick Bell

Lots of Exciting News!

September 6th, 2012

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons, Newsletters— Megan Holmes @ 10:29 am

Dear Friends of New Village Press,

We’ve been really busy here and have lots of exciting news to share with you!

Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space is here!

We have stacks of lovely books just waiting to be sent out, and our very own Lynne Elizabeth is on her way to New York City for the official launch next week. For those in New York, you can join her in celebrating the opening of the Beyond Zuccotti Park exhibit with an Oculus book talk on Monday, September 10, at the Center for Architecture.

On September 16, one year following the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Center for Architecture is holding its third public space symposium—Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today, Part 3. Beyond Zuccotti Park editors Ron Shiffman, Rick Bell, and Lynne Elizabeth will be speaking, as well as contributors Roland Anglin, Michael Pyatok, and Signe Nielsen.

The exhibit also marks the beginning of a larger initiative—Democracy, Equity, and Public Space—of which Beyond Zuccotti Park is a key component. The initiative includes a traveling multimedia exhibit, public forums, popular and academic study groups, policy advocacy, and a website. Book tours, forums, and exhibits are also in planning for Newark, Oakland/Berkeley, Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Boston, so please stay tuned!

The Beyond Zuccotti Park exhibit will be on display through September 22, so please stop by if you are in the area! If you are unable to attend, you can stay connected by visiting our Beyond Zuccotti Park website or following us on Twitter (@BeyondZuccotti) or Facebook.

We’d also like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who donated to our Beyond Zuccotti Park Kickstarter campaign. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!

Arlene Goldbard Named One of the 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts!

Arlene Goldbard, author of New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development and contributor to What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, was named one of 2012’s Fifty Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts by Barry’s Blog!

Barry writes:
“The conscience of the blogging field, Arlene wears her heart on her sleeve and that endears her to her legions of fans across the sector. No one is more passionate, more informed and more willing to take on the windmills than she is. A beautiful writer she is in great demand as a speaker and consultant.”

Each year, Barry of the Western States Arts Federation asks leaders from all parts of the country and nonprofit sector to send in their nominations for the most powerful and influential leaders in the art field. The resulting leaders are considered to be the drivers of policy discussion, funds, goals, and objectives.

Imagining America to Host Its Annual National Convention in New York City

Imagining America will be hosting its annual national convention in New York City on October 4 through 7. New Village Press, along with Bluestockings Bookstore, NYC, will be selling books on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, at the conference.

Imagining America was established to push the boundaries of civic engagement in higher education. This year’s conference is titled “Linked Fated and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners?” Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Boundaries editors Tom Angotti, Cheryl Doble, and Paula Horrigan will hold their own sessions regarding community-engaged learning and teaching. Cynthia Cohen will also be presenting the Acting Together project, which includes the two-volume work Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict and the documentary film.

We’re all excited and can’t wait for what should be a great and educational experience!


In peace, play, and publishing,
Lynne, Lolly, and Megan

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