Solidarity Mixer + POC Advisory Council, July 26th

Solidarity Mixer at Cue Art Foundation. Event by Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think-Tank

Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think-Tank invite you to join us for a solidarity mixer and discussion around equity in NYC’s first official Cultural Plan.

In May, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) released, “What We Heard,” a compilation of recommendations for the Cultural Plan. In March, we convened ahead of the release of the plan for Strength in Numbers, a conversation about historical inequity and actionable steps for promoting a more inclusive NYC cultural landscape. The Cultural Plan, titled CreateNYC, was released last week.

This evening, we will give a recap of the work and recommendations that have been put forth by Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think-Tank and others to include equity for artists and cultural workers in the official plan. Joining the discussion will be members of a newly-formed, independent POC Advisory Council to share their thoughts and vision. Additionally, we encourage all attendees, as active members of the community, to join in on the conversation to building real cultural equity in NYC.

This event will kick-off the first of our 2017 Solidarity Mixers. Come grab a michelada, meet new colleagues, and engage in conversation to build racial equity and cross-racial solidarity between artists, cultural workers, and communities in the arts.

This event has been organized with support from A Common Project.

Antonio Serna is an artist working in New York with both a collective and studio based practice. He is currently working on ‘Documents of Resistance’ and ‘Collective Timelines’ two pedagogical projects that focus on the history of artists and workers of color. Additionally he is a member of Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Working Group which organized “What Do We Do Now?” the first alternatives economies fair and resource guide for artists in NYC. Through these and other autonomous collectives he promotes self-organized cultural events, research, education, and artist-as-activist interventions. Antonio also maintains a productive studio practice as a place of experimentation, reflection, and as a balance to working collectively. He has recently developed artCommons, an art-sharing platform for studio artists. Originally from Texas, Antonio has participated and organized projects in New York, Texas, Las Vegas, Spain, Mexico, Berlin, and Romania. Antonio Serna holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College, and a BFA from Parsons School of Art.

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