A Blade of Grass Assembly is a biannual day-long learning exchange and magazine launch for creative changemakers to investigate the methods, ethics, challenges, and joys of practicing art that advances social justice.
Rooted in the themes of Issue #3 of A Blade of Grass Magazine, the Fall 2019 Assembly will be co-presented by the Museum of the Moving Image and explore how socially engaged artists are challenging the way we see others and conduct our lives in ways that exclude the lived experience and creative potential of those who do not fit into the social norms and physical expectations of capitalist society. How can art turn the disabling gaze of normative society toward the liberatory possibilities of those at the so-called “margins”? Can art that centers non-normative experiences expand our collective creativity and wisdom? Can it provide strategies for making our world more just and inclusive?
After short film screenings and featured keynote by trans activist and filmmaker Tourmaline, attendees will choose from six intimate and interactive workshops led by the below artists and organizations:
- Collaborating with immigrant coops with Sol Aramendi
- Public housing narratives with The Blue Bus Project and Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement
- Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey presenting Gender/Power
- Alternative mental health practices with Ras Cutlass and members of Citiview Connections Clubhouse
- Disability justice with Kevin Gotkin, Dominic Bradley, Pelenakeke Brown, and Yo-Yo Lin
- Beyond immigrant stereotypes with Shireen Soliman and Emerald Isle Immigration Center with J.T. Takagi of Third World Newsreel
Full Day Ticket: $35
Includes the full day program of morning keynote and your chosen afternoon workshop. This ticket also includes breakfast, a closing reception, and a copy of A Blade of Grass Magazine Issue #3. Attendees select their afternoon workshop when buying their ticket.
Half Day Ticket: $20
Can’t spend the whole day with us? Half day admission includes breakfast and entry to our morning portion featuring film screenings and keynote by Tourmaline. Attendees at this ticket level do not attend an afternoon workshop and this ticket level does not include a copy of Issue 3 of A Blade of Grass Magazine Issue #3, though we will have on-site copies available for an additional donation.
A Blade of Grass is committed to creating accessible programming. If you have specific accessibility needs send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Please also email us if you would like to attend Assembly but are unable to purchase a ticket at cost.