Welcome

Did you know that cultural workers are co-creating right now?
They are spreading power and wealth and rooting it in their community.

Let's study together. We invite you to study-into-action with us on five Fridays this fall, to participate in our solidarity value flow, and to connect with us.

Our aim is to connect cultural innovators across silos who do not know one another well, but are building the cultural economy we want. We need to socialize, study, and dream together before we can take collective action.

Thank you for your interest in building relationships across culture and the solidarity economy. Artists need the solidarity economy, and the solidarity economy needs artists!

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Art.coop Study-into-Action Team

Fridays

We will gather for 1 hour for a Public Talk + Experience on Fridays from 12-1pm EST and then the Study-into-Action cohort* continues into facilitated break-out groups 1-2pm EST.

Friday, August 27th from 12-2 p.m. EDT
(Cohort-Only)

Cohort Welcome

Nati Linares, Marina Lopez, Sruti Suryanarayanan, Caroline Woolard: Welcome to Study-into-Action

Facilitators: Sonia Erika, Andrea Jacome, Hope Ghazala, Mike Strode, Sadé Swift, Dr. Herukhuti Williams, Priyanka Das

Friday, September 3rd from 12-1 p.m. EDT
Video Recording

“The Way it Works”: Abuse, Alienation, and Our Current Condition as Arts & Culture Workers

Opening Artist: Xenia Rubinos

Public Talk + Experience: Clara Takarabe

Facilitators: Sonia Erika, Andrea Jacome, Hope Ghazala, Mike Strode, Sadé Swift, Dr. Herukhuti Williams, Priyanka Das

Friday, September 10th from 12-1 p.m. EDT
Video Recording

Artists Resist & Build: a history of organizing in the arts with a focus on Solidarity Economy alternatives and artist-led resistance

DJ: Reem Abdou, aka DRĖĖĖMY, Founder of The Collective BAE

Public Talk + Experience: Francisco Pérez & Chris Meyers

Facilitators: Sonia Erika, Andrea Jacome, Hope Ghazala, Mike Strode, Sadé Swift, Dr. Herukhuti Williams, Priyanka Das

Friday, September 17th from 12-1 p.m. EDT
Video Recording

Law and the Land Craft: permanent real estate cooperatives and the arts

DJ: Reem Abdou, aka DRĖĖĖMY, Founder of The Collective BAE

Public Talk + Experience: Gregory Jackson and Janelle Orsi

Facilitators: Sonia Erika, Andrea Jacome, Hope Ghazala, Mike Strode, Sadé Swift, Dr. Herukhuti Williams, Priyanka Das

Friday, September 24th from 12-1 p.m. EDT
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Solidarity Grantmaking and Investing: #landback and case studies to support grantmakers in deepening their commitment to systems-change.

DJ: Reem Abdou, aka DRĖĖĖMY, Founder of The Collective BAE

Public Talk + Experience: Rhonda Anderson, Carlos Uriona, and Dana Kawaoka-Chen

Facilitators: Sonia Erika, Andrea Jacome, Hope Ghazala, Mike Strode, Sadé Swift, Dr. Herukhuti Williams, Priyanka Das

Friday, October 1st from 12-1 p.m. EDT
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Making / Meaning: a live DJ set / jam session / zine making workshop

DJ: Reem Abdou, aka DRĖĖĖMY, Founder of The Collective BAE

Public Talk + Experience: Cierra Peters

Facilitators: Sonia Erika, Andrea Jacome, Hope Ghazala, Mike Strode, Sadé Swift, Dr. Herukhuti Williams, Priyanka Das

Friday, October 8th from 12-2 p.m. EDT
(Cohort-Only)

Closing & Emergence: what comes next?

DJ: Reem Abdou, aka DRĖĖĖMY, Founder of The Collective BAE

Facilitators: Sonia Erika, Andrea Jacome, Hope Ghazala, Mike Strode, Sadé Swift, Dr. Herukhuti Williams, Priyanka Das

*The Phase 1 cohort was created at the request of interviewees from the Art.coop report from March 2021 and exists to support a shared desire to deepen relationships. The network will expand as our capacity grows. If you would like to learn about the solidarity economy right now, we suggest that everyone reads these texts and attends Economics for Emancipation. Culture-bearers and creators might want to attend: AntiCapitalism for Artists, Architecture Beyond Capitalism, Dark Study, Dark Matter University, Dark Laboratory, Artists Dismantling Capitalism, Cooperation Humboldt's study group, and the School of Art, Culture, and Resistance. Grantmakers might want to attend workshops and hire: Nwamaka Agbo, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Justice Funders, Resource Generation, Generative Somatics, Solidaire, Miami Institute, Chordata Capital, New Economy Coalition, and USSEN, to practice solidarity in grantmaking. Contact us for more options.

Timeline

Phase One (fall 2021)

Our aim is to connect cultural innovators across silos - popular arts educators, cultural organizers and creators, arts academics, economists, and grantmakers -  who do not know one another well, but are building the cultural economy we want. We need to socialize, study, and dream together before we can take collective action.

Phase Two (2022)

The future emerges as we deepen relationships and align our ideas, desires, and goals, collectively. For example, do we want to map the culture and solidarity economy ecosystem? Do we want to gather in person? Do we want to create curricula for specific groups (i.e. creators, money managers, public grantmakers, private grantmakers, giving circles)? Do we want to focus on supporting regional organizers to lead this? Do we want to create a collective calendar of learning opportunities? What content and formats for learning should we prioritize?

Phase Three (2023)

We will manifest the future together.

Value Flow

We are incubating a cooperative model of study. We aim to become socially and financially self-determined and invite you to support us in this effort with gifts of time, money, art, and open-source code. Any surplus from Phase 1 will support Phase 2 and 3 of our work.

We are incubating a cooperative model of study. We aim to become socially and financially self-determined and invite you to support us in this effort with gifts of time, money, art, and open-source code. Any surplus from Phase 1 will support Phase 2 and 3 of our work.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Maine) instigated Phase 1 and Open Collective Foundation is the home of the school for Phase 1 and 2.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Open Collective Foundation

Phase 1 is produced with support from Grantmakers in the Arts and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as funds from sending partners: Weavers Fellowship (New Orleans), Recess Art (New York City), Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis), the Joan Mitchell Foundation (New York City and New Orleans), Arizona State University (Tempe), The Field (New York City), Drexel University (Philadelphia), and the Guild of Future Architects (National).

Howl Round Theater Commons is producing and distributing Phase 1.

Grantmakers in the arts

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Arizona State University

The Field

Drexel University

Guild of Future Architects

Boston Ujima Project

Justice Funders

New Economy Coalition

Open Collective Foundation

Center for Popular Economics

Sustainable Economies Law Center

Double Edge Theater

Howlround

Contact

Nati Linares
Co-Founder, Project Organizer, Network Engagement & Communications Steward

Caroline Woolard
Co-Founder, Project Development & Research Steward

Marina Lopez
Project Facilitator

Francisco Perez
Project Facilitator & Educator

Sruti Suryanarayanan
Community & Communications Apprentice

Vijay Mathew
Live Stream Steward, HowlRound Theatre Commons

Mailing list

Email: CulturalEconomyWeWant@gmail.com

Email: nati conrazon, caroline woolard
Instagram: @_artcoop
Twitter: @_artcoop