Celebrating Our Beloved Communities

February 8th, 2013

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons, Newsletters— Laura Leone @ 10:33 am

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New Village Press Book Circus!circus_aerial_sm72

Join New Village Press on Saturday, February 23 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), for a one-of-a-kind Book Circus at the Temescal Branch of the Oakland Public Library! The event will feature a free morning writing workshop by Louise Dunlap and a lively afternoon of film screenings and author presentations. Join special guests Carl Anthony, Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, Judith Tannenbaum, and Arlene Goldbard for a fun and informative day. Free and discounted books, refreshments, and surprises!


Lily Yeh and “The Barefoot Artist” Film

Renowned artist and author of Awakening Creativity, Lily Yeh, is the subject of the upcoming documentary The Barefoot Artist, codirected by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub. The film has been seven years in the making and is near completion. It follows Lily as she uses art to uplift torn communities from Philadelphia to Rwanda.Lily Yeh at Dandelion School, Beijing

I never dreamed that I could change things. I don’t see myself as a social activist. I am an artist. What I am about is sharing that sense of joy when I am creating with many people, with whoever wants to be a part of that process. People say, “You improve so many people. You make people happy.” I say, No, people make me happy. I need other people.
— Lily Yeh


Please donate to the film’s fund to help support this wonderful project. All donations are tax deductible.

Other Events around the Country

The Pratt Institute in New York is hosting a public forum series at its Manhattan campus entitled Democracy, Equity, and the Public Realm. Divided into two categories–public space and transportation–each forum event is host to a guest speaker and a discussion moderator. New Village author and Beyond Zuccotti Park editor Ron Shiffman is organizer of the series, and among the presenters are New Village Press authors Michael Kimmelman, Jeffrey Hou, and Mindy Thompson Fullilove.


ADPSR (Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility) will join Planners Network in cohosting the national conference Beyond Resilience: Actions for a Just Metropolis this June 6–8 in New York City. Topics will include community preparedness and response to disaster; environmental justice; cross-sector organizing; meaningful and equitable employment; climate change; racial, class, and gender justice in planning and zoning policies; housing justice including affordable housing and quality public housing; gentrification and displacement; reexamining urban security; transportation justice; and more. The conference is currently calling for submissions.


Hearty Congratulations to Our Award-Winning Authors!zuccotticover


Ronald Shiffman, Beyond Zuccotti Park editor and What We See contributing author, has been awarded the Planning Pioneers Honor from the American Planning Association for his leadership in participatory urban planning, equitable community building, and bringing the public and private spheres together in creative, democratic ways. Ron is the cofounder and director of the Pratt Graduate Center for Community Development in Brooklyn.


Michael Pyatok, contributor to Beyond Zuccotti Park, has been honored with the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture by the American Institute of Architects for his commitment to creating high quality affordable and low-income housing. Mike is the principal of Pyatok and Associates Architects in Oakland, California.


Saskia Sassen, another contributor to Beyond Zuccotti Park and What We See, was named one of the Top Ten Theoriticians of Spatial Theory by Die Architecktin. Her work as a sociologist and an economist has been far-reaching, and she is noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. Saskia is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and cochairs the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.

New Village Press Wishes Everyone a Love-Filled and
e1360261589[1]Informed Black History Month!

To celebrate what Martin Luther King Jr. called the Beloved Community, New Village Press encourages you to consider all the friends, relatives, and members of your valued communities who would appreciate our authors and what we publish. Consider sharing this newsletter and the gift of inspiration by recommending or gifting favorite books to others. You can choose from more than thirty titles dedicated to grassroots community building, progressive education, community-based arts, urban ecology, and social change in our catalog. And should you open your heart to supporting a community organization with multiple books, contact us for significant discounts beyond what we already offer on our website.

With love and appreciation,
Lynne, Laura, Natalie, Leslie, and Sean


Fall Celebrations

October 18th, 2012

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons, Newsletters— Megan Holmes @ 9:20 am





New Village wishes everyone an abundant fall season and celebrates the good tidings of our authors, books, and community!

Ron Shiffman To Be Awarded 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership

New Village author, editor, and program collaborator Ronald Shiffman will receive the prestigious 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership for his tireless commitment to community development this November 14th in New York City.

For more than fifty years, Shiffman has been working to promote community-based activism. His efforts to rebuild Bedford-Stuyvesant through economic development programs inspired the creation of the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development, which he co-founded in 1964. The Center continues to empower low- and moderate-income communities. Shiffman was previously a recipient of ADPSR’s Lewis Mumford Award.

As lead editor of New Village’s Fall 2012 title Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space, Shiffman will speak about the book on October 19th at the 2012 MAS (Municipal Art Society) Summit for New York City.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Ron!

Mindy Thompson Fullilove Elected Public Director of the American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, will serve as Public Director from December 2012 through December 2015. We are delighted Dr. Fullilove has been given this important AIA advisory role—she has unique and profound wisdom to offer architects and planners.

Dr. Fullilove is a leading social psychiatrist, who identifies the social, economic, and physical segregation of US cities as the most pressing public health problem of our time. She is a contributing author to New Village titles What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs and Beyond Zuccotti ParkNew Village is especially honored to publish her forthcoming book— Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities—in March 2013.

Hooray, Mindy!


Sharon Danks Accepts 2012 ASLA Professional Award in Communications

Our author Sharon Danks mounted the stage during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO presentation of the ASLA Professional Awards in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 1st to receive a much deserved ASLA Professional Award in Communications for her book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Sharon also continues to diligently further the work of the International School Grounds Alliance, which she founded.

Kudos to Sharon!


Beyond Zuccotti Park Book Launch and Exhibition a Hit in New York

The Oculus Book launch for Beyond Zuccotti Parkat AIA’s Center for Architecture in New York was the best-attended book event they’ve ever held, and the Center’s “Public Space Today” symposium the following Sunday also boasted a full crowd and provocative discussion. The Center also produced an exhibition calledBeyond Zuccotti Park (see visitors above) about the book. This successful September ended with Beyond Zuccotti Park cohosting lighthearted fun at Van Alen Books with Occupy Town Square for a Pop-Up Salon celebrating International Park[ing] Day!

Beyond Zuccotti Park is also attracting great press. Note these selected review excerpts:

  • 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.”
  • “The essays are as eclectic as the writers’ viewpoints, making them rich and provocative. . . . The concepts of public commons and the agora became part of the conversation not only within the context of cultural citizenship, but also in the vital role design plays in forming the public sector.” AIANY Oculus Book Review
  • “Dedicated to ‘our grandkids, their friends, and their generation’, the collection of works truly takes a visionary approach by offering solutions and recommendations to the problem of decreasing public engagement for current and future generations. Anyone who wishes to spark change and engage ordinary citizens in a discourse that is rightfully theirs will be inspired by this book.” This Big City

We are grateful for the fruits of our community.

In peace and appreciation,
Lynne, Laura, and Megan

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

New Village Press News

June 9th, 2011

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: Newsletters— Laura Leone @ 9:02 am

Dear Friends of New Village Press,

Some of you curious about our new Kickstarter campaign to go digital have asked for the story behind it, so gather ’round the screen and we’ll tell you the tale!

Twas a dark and stormy night in 1450 when Johannes Gutenberg took inspiration from the wine presses of the Rhine Valley (yes, maybe that kind of inspiration, too) to invent the printing press and, with it, the book as we know it. What Gutenberg did not know was that his invention would be credited with nothing less than inaugurating what we traditionally call the modern era. It was the possibility to circulate ideas beyond the strict boundaries of the oral tradition and the painful work of Amanuensis monks that spurred the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the scientific revolution, to name just a few. (more…)

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February 14th, 2011

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: Newsletters— Laura Leone @ 1:40 pm


Dear Sweethearts of New Village Press,


Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentines is one of the favorite holidays of our press with so many authors expressing from their heart. In the spirit of the day, we highlight a few of our titles that
demonstrate the power of love to better our world. Follow the book links below for a 50% discount on these works during Valentines week! (more…)

New Village Press News

March 3rd, 2009

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: Newsletters— Lynne Elizabeth @ 7:53 am


Dear Friends of New Village Press,

What a dramatic new year this is, as we turn the great wheels of Change with a capital C!

In keeping with our country’s spirit, New Village is happy to release our eleventh original title—Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame by Beverly Naidus.

Artist, writer, university educator, Beverly Naidus takes a fearless look at the evolution of socially-engaged arts taught in various educational settings. We learn the ins and outs of her own feisty career, ways she engages her students with their conscience, and the courageous paths of more than thirty teaching-artist colleagues she interviews. (more…)

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July 29th, 2008

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: Newsletters— Lynne Elizabeth @ 7:04 pm



Dear Friends of New Village Press,

A short newsletter to announce the newest issue of New Village Online and two upcoming book events:

Issue #4 of New Village OnlineUnboxing Democracy’s Magic— offers an inspiring exploration of community building forged from democratic partnerships between off-campus communities and universities. Guest editor Len Krimerman, director of a new degree program in Creative Community Building at the University of Connecticut, infuses the work reported here with his valuable understanding of how cooperatives work. In this issue we not only encounter new ideas, we learn new vocabulary, gaining understanding of a kind of cooperative economy that uses a “Participatory Budget” process, and we discover the “Communiversity.” (more…)

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June 25th, 2008

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: Newsletters— Lynne Elizabeth @ 6:29 pm


Dear Friends of New Village Press,

Happy Summer! We are thrilled to announce the release of our tenth new title—Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines by William Cleveland. This is a rare and moving account of local artists rebuilding the social infrastructure of communities in six parts of the world that have suffered the trauma of civil war or political repression. (more…)

New Village Press News

February 22nd, 2008

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: Newsletters— Lynne Elizabeth @ 1:02 pm

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Dear Friends of New Village Press,

What a joy it is to feel our nation waking up to the stirrings of its heart. Hope renewed for a brighter, more compassionate future. A dream being shared that we can create a peaceful and democratic society.

The theme of our newest issue of New Village Online is “A Festival of Democracy,” the idea behind it being that social change is not so much a task for wise leaders as it is a task for creative citizens. Every person has not only the right to contribute to the vision of the world they want, every citizen has creative abilities to tap in describing that vision. (more…)

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January 15th, 2008

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: Newsletters— Lynne Elizabeth @ 12:00 pm

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Dear Friends,

Imagine a city learning how to love, find its true heart, awaken its own soul through the leadership of a poet! This is exactly what is happening in Toronto, Canada, and it is an inspiration for all our towns and communities. Toronto’s Poet Laureate, Pier Giorgio DiCicco, has captivated the spirit of his city’s citizens with his beautiful notions and words. Creative City is the name of a ten-year visionary strategy, which, in DiCicco’s language, aims to “restore intimacy, curiosity, trust, and play into the happenstance encounter of citizens, in an era when the happenstance and the unpredictable are a threat.” (more…)

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