Avenue C Plaza- Free Bangla Singing and Language Lessons begin!

For the month of June,  the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts / BIPA  is offering free classes in the mobile studio.  And last night was the first one!  

Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23  and Tuesday June 28 ––  4:15 – 6:30 PM

Bangla singing class with Nilofar Jahan (4:15- 5:15)/ Bangla Language class with  Annie Ferdous (5:15-6:30 PM )

It was so lovely we held the language class outside!


Day Two at Ave C Plaza….Ribbon Cutting!

Day Two of our plaza deploy!  We had our first ever RIBBON CUTTING with City Councilperson Brad Lander and the fantastic Kensington Neighbors….  We also took great photos of our visitors in the Creative Impact Photo Studio (brought to you by our friends at the Village of Arts and Humanities ),  made great art (which will be installed in the plaza on June 11th), beat the weather forecast and had a super fun time!


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Great First Day at Ave C Plaza, Kensington Brooklyn

Our first day of programming at the Ave C Plaza in Kensington Brooklyn!    Today we welcomed two arts projects:

Creative Impact Portrait Studio which documents and shares the unique faces and diverse gifts of the Kensington community. On June 4 and 5, community residents are invited to pose for their portraits (first come first served) inside the Mobile Studio while answering the question, “What is your gift—a talent or skill—you can give to your neighborhood?” Each individual or group will receive a printed copy of their photograph. The collection of photographs will be shared in real time, on social media, and printed on large vinyl banners that will decorate the plaza. The Photo Studio is a way for the Kensington community to engage with itself across age or social boundaries, showcasing how a community’s individual strengths are exponentially more powerful when mobilized as a whole.

Neighborland/ I want ____ in Kensington Is a participatory visual way for community members to discuss what they’d like to see in their neighborhood. Supported by Council District 39’s Participatory Budgeting office, the project asks neighbors to share ideas about amenities, improvements, programming or infrastructure they wish Kensington could have. Written on a large signboard or on paper flyers displayed around the plaza, these community-sourced ideas help Kensington residents imagine the changes they want to see, and (through Participatory Budgeting), give them a way to make those changes happen.

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Come Visit Us At The NOCD-NY Cultural Forum Friday October 23 2015


We’ll be at:  THE POINT  (6 train to Hunts Point Ave, walk under the Bruckner, then turn right on Garrison Ave)

Starting at 11:00 am the mobile studio will be having an open house!  Come say hello and check out the studio….  or at 3pm come see:

  • Making Cultural Production Visible: Mobile Print Power and the ArtBuilt Mobile Studio
    Artist Patrick Rowe, representing multi-generational printmaking collective Mobile Print Power (MPP), will present a workshop exploring MPP’s work and the experience of using the ArtBuilt Mobile Studio as a platform for publicly-engaged art-making.




Mobile Print Power Public Event

Last Saturday (July 11), the ArtBuilt Studio in the Park was the eye of a perfect storm of art, dance music, and community fun! Resident artist Patrick Rowe and awesome art collective Mobile Print Power took over our little corner of Flushing Meadows Corona Park to celebrate the culmination of their People’s Design Laboratory project, with music and performances by Danza Azteca Chichimeka (Aztec Dance) and Ñukanchik Llakta Wawa Kunas-Wawas Sumags (Ecuadorian Dance).

Visitors had an opportunity to learn how to screen print using Mobile Print Power’s mobile screen printing cart, and to take home custom prints on tote bags, t-shirts and more.

During the festivities, Mobile Print Power unveiled the new concepts for signs for the park that they’d created based on drawings and ideas shared by park-goers over the last month –  People’s Design Laboratory spent four weeks gathering creative input from park-goers, creating signage concepts from that input, and printing up the beautiful signs presented at Saturday’s event. Next step: Using these designs to advocate for an innovative new signage system for the park.

All told, it was an amazing event – any day that includes an Aztec blessing and a public procession to distribute community-developed signs across the park is a pretty awesome day!

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