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9/19/2014The Anonymous PeopleProspectus artist Tomashi Jackson and policy analyst Nia EvansLynn Museum and Historical Society, Lynn,MAfilm screening and discussion50The Anonymous People screening is the kickoff event for the first debate of the Frames Debate Project. The first debate will take place in Lynn, MA in January 2015.
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5/15/2014The Life of Super-EarthsDimitar Sasselov, Author and Professor of Astronomy at Harvard Universityprivate home, Cambridge, MAOneBook Book Club15Conversation with author Dimitar Sassalov about his new book, The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet. Discussion of how art and imagination can be critical in the communication and understanding of scientific matters
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4/28/2014The Anonymous PeopleProspectus Artist Tomashi Jackson and collaborator Nia Evans, policy researcher at PowderHouse Productions;Greg D, Williams, film director; Michael Curry, President NAACP, Boston; Laurie Martinelli, National Association of Mental Illness, Massachusetts; Hannah Martinez, President , NAMI Dorchester/Mattapan/RoxburyHarvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MAfilm screening and panel discussion60film screening and panel discussion focused on the problematic intersection of mental illness, addiction and incarceration in US society
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3/26/2014Surge: Creative Imaginings of Energy UseProspectus Artist Deb Todd Wheeler, Whitney Johnson, President of Earthwatch International,and Sinan Eruzumulu, Associate Professor of Technology , Babson CollegeBabson College, Wellesley,MApanel discussion37interactive discussion of Surge, an experimental two-hour audioscape that translates Babson College's campus energy usage into sound. Taking the kilowatt-hour readings for an entire year from five buildings on campus, SURGE presents a space for listening to the patterns of campus life via the kilowatt hour
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2/22/2014Flag of MercyProspectus artist Mahmood Rezaei-KamalabadAladdin Auto Service, Cambridge, MAevening party46An evening celebration to honor the mission of Prospectus project,The Flag of Mercy, to open the Golden Gate (Gate of Mercy) in Jerusalem thus allowing the sense of security, humanity and peace to pass through and into the world
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2/20/2014Strangers and Kin: My Venn Diagram:Design Research and Art-MakingArtist Kelly ShermanMassachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston,MAinteractive discussion23Artist and strategist Kelly Sherman discusses how she uses the tools of ethnographic research and design strategy to inform and inspire new artworks
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2/19/2014Artists' Prospectus for the Nation AIC Co-Director Louisa McCall and proposed Prospectus artist Cathy McLaurinSchool of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MApresentation and discussion25interactive presentation of the Artists' Prospectus for the Nation in conjunction with SMFA Visiting Professor Barbara Bickart's "Media Arts Seminar:Community Art and Public Practices"
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12/5/20139.5 Theses on Art and ClassArt Critic Ben Davisprivate home, Cambridge, MAonebook discussion12interactive discussion with author Ben Davis on "what can we expect from political art?"
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11/20/2013FeFa in ContextArtists Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard;Professor Alejandro de la Fuenta, Harvard University;Mary Schneider-Enriquez,Curator,Harvard Art Museums, Consuelo Isaacson, President, Friends of Caritas Cubana; Doris Sommer, Professor of Spanish,Harvard UniversityBarker Center,Humanities Center,Harvard Universityinterdisciplinary discussion35an interdisciplinary panel discussion focused on the exploration and analysis of Prospectus art project, FeFa, and its contextual cues and effects in Cuba
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11/14/2013Artists' Prospectus for the Nation AIC Co-Director Marie Cieri and RISD Graduate Studies Dean Patricia PhillipsRISD Design Center, Providence RIpresentation and discussion15Cieri and Phillips, with Prospectus artist Kelly Dobson lead a discussion of the artist-led projects chosen for the first edition of the Artists' Prospectus for the Nation.a
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3/18/2013FireCallBox:Chromatic Scale for Citywide Energy UseProspectus team Bec Conrad,Michael Nagle, and Deb Todd WheelerSprout&Co, Somerville MApresentation and Discussion55The team discussed the history of the project to date, from meetings at the headquarters of the Boston Fire Department, to NSTAR, to the City of Boston's Department of New Urban Mechanics, to finally landing at Branderis University
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3/7/2013Connected and Consequential: Artists and the FutureNancy Andrews, Kelly Dobson, Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons, Neil Leonard, Joseph Krupczynski,Sara Hendren, Scott Berofsky,artistsMIT List Visual Arts Centerconference60The culminating event to a three year investigation of hybrid or integrative contemporary art practice, designed for funders, policy researchers and knowledge leaders
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2/23/2013Seed Saving WorkshopLisa DePiano, permaculture specialist and Doris Madsen, librarianSpringfield public libraryworkshop15Lisa dePiano conducts a seed saving workshop, a program of the Springfield Seed Library project.
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2/13/2013Rethinking Progress in a Time of DisorientationPeggy Reynolds, PhD, scholar and authorprivate home, Cambridge, MAOneBook Book Club27Dr. Reynolds leads a discussion on the changing nature of perception as a result of the technological revolution
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2/5/2013Artist/Scientist Partnerships in Public SpaceSam Jury, artist; Eli Kintisch, science journalist; Janet Echelman, artist;Peter Boyer, software engineerBroad Institute, Cambridge, MApresentation and discussion 75In partnership with Catalyst Conversations,  a discussion among two teams, each composed of an artist and a science-based professional, regarding the cross influence of science and art in the making of public works.
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11/13/2012Sensing Terroir: A Harvest Food OperaJutta Friedrichs, artist, Ben Houge, composer and Jason Bond, chefBondir Restaurant,Cambridge, MAdinner30A multi-sensory dinner experience to explore food systems and local agriculture, Video and sound drawn from four regional farms that source Bondir Restaurant. 
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10/19/2012Games for a New Climate:Metro BostonRed Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Boston University Department of Earth and Environment and Janot Mendler de Suarez, visiting research fellow, BU Pardee Center for the Study of a Longer-Range FutureBoston Universitydesign charrette and prototype discussion50A discussion of game prototypes, designed by artists, designers, climate scientists, gamers, city planners and non-profit leaders, regarding the potential of games to both inform and instigate action on climate change
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10/3/2012The Problem of NormalNancy Andrews, artist and Walter M. Robinson, MD,MPHCollege of the Atlantic,Bar Harbor, MEconversation30A conversation between Nancy Andrews, artist, professor at the College of the Atlantic,  author of Loupette and the Moon, and Walter M. Robinson, MD,MPH, Distinguished Scholar, Center for Applied Ethics, Education Development Center, and Board Member, College of the Atlantic.
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7/20/2012Beehive Design Collective at Zea Mays PrintmakingErin McKelvey, Beehive Design Collective, and Liz Chalfin, Zea Mays PrintmakingZea Mays, Florence, MAResearch discussion20In conjunction with the Product Impact Research Study at Zea Mays, an investigative research and artmaking project to reduce toxicity of artists' products, Erin Mckelvey of the Beehive Design Collective speaks about researching difficult content about environmental issues and the graphic representation of that content. 
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6/17/2012Situated Research MethodsPeople's Tours, David Taber, Heather McCann, Kristin Parker, Neil Horsky and Tim Devin.South End, Boston, MAResearch workshop15Following People's Tours "Social History of the South End Walking Tour" , a conversation and workshop takes place about the research strategies  People's Tours employed to create the tour. Situated research methods focus as much on the research subject's environment as the subject itself.  
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6/1/2012Graphic Story of the Urban Pond ProcessionHolly Ewald and Erik RuinLiberty Elm Diner Providence, RIpresentation and discussion 35Artists Holly Ewald and Erik Ruin  present and discuss their collaborative work to tell the story of the Urban Pond Procession in graphic form. The project delineates the breadth and depth of the creative process that brought UPP into being.
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5/31/2012"The Ignorant School Master"Taiga ErmansonsSmith College, Northampton, MAOne Book Book Club18Artist and museum educator Taiga Rancieri faciltates a collective dialogue in the Smith Art Museum Gallery  that focuses on Jacques Rancieri's philosophy of learning articulated in his book, "The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation
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5/10/2012Artists in Context: Case Study "Delirious"Nancy AndrewsCollege of the Atlantic,Bar Harbor, MEpresentation and discussion 50Artist Nancy Andrews, research assistant Robin Owings, and Jay Friedlander, Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at the College of the Atlantic discuss current research about delirium, the communicative power of Andrews'  ICU drawings and visual narratives, and the possibility of raising public awareness with a language the co-mingles art and science.
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5/9/2012Portland Screening: DeliriousNancy AndrewsLawrence Arts, 76 Congress Street, Portland, MEScreening and discussion35Film screening and discussion with Anne Hallward, M.D. Psychiatry and Lizz Sinclair, Program Officer for the Maine Humanities Council 
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5/8/2012Balagan Film Series: DeliriousNancy AndrewsBrattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MAScreening and discussion50Three experimental films, "On a Phantom Limb" , "Behind the Eyes are the Ears" and "Film Studies 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0" are screened at the Balagan Film Series followed by a cross-disciplinary discussion that examines the intersection of art, culture, and medicine. Michael Belkin,M.D. Brigham and Womens Hospital, Division of Vascular Surgery and Samata Sharma, M.D., Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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4/26/2012Screening "Art 21 Season 6 Episode 1: Change"Chris ThompsonMaine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland MEScreening and discussion26How do artists respond to a world in flux? In what ways do artists act as agents of change, and what kinds of aesthetic choices do they make to express it? This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.

AIC sponsors a preview screening of the first episode of Art 21 Season Six: Change. The first hour of Season 6 features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. The artists profiled are Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie.
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4/24/2012Artist as Researcher, Collaborator and AgentJennifer Liese, Ellen Petraits, Anne West, Ellen DriscollRochambeau branch-Providence Community Library 708 Hope St, Providence, RIPresentation35Artists in Context is pleased to partner with the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism and members of the RISD faculty to present an evening discussion of the increasingly important role of research in contextualized artistic practices. We will present an overview of how research is currently viewed in the world of contemporary art, demonstrate specific research skills, and learn from a case study of Ellen Driscoll's Distant Mirrors (featured at previous AIC events) how artists are bringing their own perspectives to the research process
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4/17/2012OneBook: Architecture at the Edge of Everything ElseMarrikka Trotter, K. Michael HaysCambridge Public Library, Main Branch Lecture Hall, Broadway, Cambridge MAOneBook Book Club30With K. Michael Hays, the Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, we will focus on the conversation that he and Co-Editor Marrikka Trotter did together for the book, entitled "Reenchanting Architecture," which is about the prospects for projecting architecture into the world as an agent of change. We will also talk about the possibilities for public discourse in the form of publications and how these have changed or endured since Hays founded the seminal project, Assemblage
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4/11/2012OneBook: The Big ThirstLeonora ZoninseinGranoff Center, 154 Angell Street, Providence, RIOneBook Book Club25Join us for a OneBook book club to discuss The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman. In addition to the issues raised in this book and their relationship to the Providence community, we will also examine the artist's role as public intellectual in displaying, provoking, engaging environmental degradation (and individual, community responsibility) themes, specifically surrounding water.
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4/11/2012The EncounterMarta Gomez-Chiarri, Jack Lovell, David Zacher, Charlie CannonGranoff Center, 154 Angell Street, Providence, RIPanel Discusion24Drawing from their experience in art+design+science collaboration to develop tools for data visualization – a biologist, an artist and a designer will reflect on the importance of vulnerability and openness in the first encounter – in the meeting that precedes a project.

Conversations | Collaborations is a series of events exploring the importance of conversation to successful, creative interdisciplinary collaboration. Conversations | Collaborations is an initiative of the Creative Minds Project at Brown University, curated by Charlie Cannon and hosted by the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.
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4/6/2012TEDxMassCollegeofArtandDesignThe Genki Spark, Floating World Projects, Jason Talbot, Mariama White-Hammond, Colin BoothPozen Center for Interrelated Media
Massachusets College of Art and Design
45Inspired by the diverse range of social and environmental justice work being done by artists and arts organizations, the theme of TEDxMassArt is art and activism. There will be several presentations of speaking and performance by some of the most innovative artists and activists in the Boston area. With so many different perspectives coming together, we can really discover what it means to use creativity to make the world a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live. And of course the most important part of this is YOU because all TEDx participants contribute to a unique and exciting conference environment.
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4/6/2012Small, Fragile and Immaterial: On Reconstructing the CivicAaron LevyHarvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MAPresentation8As part of his visit to Boston, Aaron Levy will speak at the GSD on his work at the Slought Foundation. As a cultural practitioner, the question for Levy is: what is the role of the cultural practitioner and what is the role of the small non-profit in a city of tensions?

Philadelphia is situated at the intersection of a specific series of tensions. Foremost among these is that it is a peripheral city marked by profound socio-economic inequality and racial division. These tensions are further exacerbated and reinforced by an institutionally uneven and culturally conservative landscape, one consequence of which is limited funding for more progressive sensibilities. Levy's work is a consequence of these tensions.
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4/5/2012Mixplace: A Future HistoryAaron LevyDesign Studio for Social Intervention
1946 Washington Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA
Presentation/Workshop15As part of his visit to Boston, Aaron Levy will speak at the DS4SI on the process of developing Mixplace. This talk will take the form of a casual workshop/conversation around the process of developing Mixplace, a collaborative project that provides an alternative education model in order to address the crisis in community participation and political representation.

The project aspires to enable conversations between individuals and institutions within West Philadelphia to circulate different ways of thinking and making, linking the specialized knowledge of institutions with the everyday knowledge of communities. Slought, People's Emergency Center, and PennDesign are the primary Philadelphia institutions who are coming together to form this alternative educational model. The primary collaborators will be neighborhood youth and university students, who will interact with a diverse faculty of of curators, community activists, artists, architects and researchers. The project is being developed in dialogue with Teddy Cruz at the Center for Urban Ecologies at the University of California, San Diego.
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4/5/2012Film Screening: My Brooklyn130 Union Street, Springfield MAFilm ScreeningMy Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. Join us for discussion on art, social practice and community building directly after the film

The "HOW CAN WE..." film series presents documentary films that explore sustainable community development through arts and culture. Each film creates an opportunity for ADP members and South End residents to imagine and discuss a sustainable future for their neighborhood.
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3/27/2012Growing Civic FruitRachel Black, Nicole J. Caruth, Lisa Gross, Judith Hoos FoxBU School of Hospitality Adminstation
928 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA
Panel Discussion18Urban agriculture has captured the imagination of artists, architects and designers all over the world in recent years. Please join us for a cross-disciplinary discussion on the intersection of art, urban agriculture, and civic engagement – fertile ground for sowing seeds that remind us of our interdependent relationship with nature and each other.

The conversation will follow a screening of the new Boston Tree Party short documentary film, and presentations by Rachel Black and Nicole Caruth. It will be followed by an apple cider reception in celebration of the launch of the second Boston Tree Party planting campaign.
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3/8/2012Third Ward Film Screening130 Union Street
Springfield, MA
Film Screening24Project Row House, the subject of the film, is acknowledged by some as "the nation's most impressive public art project that is also a bold experiment in how to build communities." Third Ward TX is presented as part of the How Can We program, an arts and culture initiative to collaborate with ADP members and South End residents to imagine and discuss a sustainable future for their neighborhood, following the devastating effects of the tornadoes that struck the area in June 2011.
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2/22/2012The Power of MappingCatherine D'Ignazio, Denis WoodDesign Studio for Social Intervention
1946 Washington Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA
OneBook Book Club20Building on our Research Methods OneBook book club in December, AIC will be producing a roundtable discussion with two experienced researchers and mapmakers who will together discuss their work and share the some of the processes and challenges that accompany it.

As a roundtable, we will discuss two of Wood's entries for the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography - one on "Maps" one on "Critical Cartography", and an article by D'Ignazio on "Art and Cartography" introducing her work with the Experimental Geography Research Cluster. The conversation will also be open to questions of practice, technique, and theory behind research mapping.
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2/22/2012Beehive Collective at Mass ArtBeehive CollectiveArnheim Gallery, 621 Huntington Avenue, MassArtPresentation60Five members of the Beehive Collective, a design cooperative based in Machias, Maine, will be in residence in the Art Education Department at MassArt from February 21-28.

The Beehive’s mission is to create collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as alternative educational and organizing tools. Best known for their posters, the bees collaborate to create visual narratives that break down and deconstruct complex and overwhelming political/social issues. At MassArt they will share their most recent work "The True Cost of Coal" and discuss with students the life and challenges of running an artist-activist collective.
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1/27/2012A Sugar Free Jam on Diabetes and LifeRobbie McCauleyArtsEmersonPerformance and Discussion32From the comfort foods of the South to the free spirits of New York, award-winning performer Robbie McCauley vividly portrays her extraordinary life’s journey. Robbie takes us from off-beat downtown to Broadway and beyond, cracking open silences about the pains and triumphs of living with “a little bit of sugar” – diabetes. Chauncey Moore plays live music to punctuate the piece. Please join Robbie McCauley and special guests after the performance for a cross-disciplinary conversation on the intersection of art and health, organized by Artists in Context and ArtsEmerson. Guests include Emerson College Professor Dr. Angela Cooke-Jackson, Jeremy Nobel, founder and president of the Foundation for Art and Healing, and Dr. Sheila Nutt Director of Educational Outreach at Harvard Medical School. Sugar is produced in collaboration with the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College and was created in collaboration with Artists In Context.
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1/19/2012Falling Through the CracksAndrew Sempere, Cuong Hoang, Nerissa Cooney, Alex Hage, Lisa GrossCambridge Public LibraryPanel Discussion35Artists involved in post-studio “integrative” practice for positive social outcomes face unique questions and challenges when it comes to funding their projects and supporting themselves through their work. By nature, hybrid projects are difficult to define due to their cross-disciplinary nature and emphasis on process rather than product.

What are some other options for funding this work and supporting its practitioners? What part can crowd-funding, earned income strategies, and foundations play? What are the limitations of these approaches? What new funding models and institutions are being created or need to be created? What skills do practitioners need in order to make their projects and practices sustainable?
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12/8/2011OneBook Book Club: Research Methods in Geography and Related FieldsMarie CieriDesign Studio for Social Intervention, Boston MABook Club10This OneBook Book Club will feature discussion of several articles and book chapters selected by resident geographer/AIC co-director Marie Cieri that should provide insight into a variety of research methods (interviewing, landscape interpretation, mapping as a mode of investigation, etc.) for artists and community activists alike. Emphasis will be on qualitative approaches (though mixtures with quantitative methods will be within our scope) and on overarching themes that are important to consider when undertaking research and representational endeavors, including reflexivity, positionality, power and ethics.
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12/5/2011Setting StructuresGavin Kroeber and Jesse ShapinsHarvard GSDPresentation25Presented and discussed with the artist and founding producer Gavin Kroeber, the project has in its first year established a network of creative partners and supportive local institutions, expanding in response to Borelli's ambitions from a one-man project into a kind of "distributed institution." This presentation is a follow-up session for artists, art administrators and other creatives working in context to focus attention on the necessity of setting structures - early, in-depth strategic planning - which is necessary for a project of this scale to develop.
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11/12/2011Pioneer Valley Connected and Consequential ConveningMarty PottengerAmherst and Northampton, MAConference and Workshop45Two discursive sessions featuring creative "hybrid" projects in the Pioneer Valley highlight two findings about this kind of contemporary art-making: art can be an extension of the way one lives one's life; and how art can create a unique space for us to encounter complexity and deepen understanding, make the connection between cause and effect, and re-imagine conditions in which to live, think and act.
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11/10/2011Alfredo Jaar: It is DifficultAlfredo JaarFong Auditorium, HarvardLecture100Presented by AIC, Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and hosted by the Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center, Alfredo Jaar will present a lecture on Interventionist Art at Harvard. According to Jaar this talk will consider visual practices as an integral part of a network of social and cultural relationships.
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11/4/2011"What's Up With Contemporary Art"Louisa McCall presenting the works of Art at Work, Nancy Andrews, AddVerb Productions, Pull-Start Pictures, Beehive Design CollectiveMainePresentation and Conference200On November 4, Louisa McCall, co-director of AIC, is making a presentation at the annual Juice Conference in Camden, ME, where she will highlight the learning from the AIC Maine "Changing Course" convening, where five Maine-based artists and artist collectives interacted with other creative thinkers from academia, public policy, business and community development for networking and field-building purposes. The artists included Marty Pottenger (Art at Work/Portland); Nancy Andrews (College of the Atlantic); The Beehive Collective (Machias); Pull Start Pictures (North Haven) and Add Verb (Portland).
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10/27/2011Onebook Book Club: FeltAuthor Chris ThompsonFrontier, Fort Andross, Brunswick MEMeeting with Author5A discussion with the author of "Felt", Chris Thompson
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10/22/2011Boston Cross (x)Species Adventure Club, Workshop and Dinner (Water)Natalie Jeremijenko and Mihir DesaiHarvard LAB, Cambridge MAWorkshop and Dinner22The xSpecies Adventure Club is a collaboration between Natalie Jeremijenko + Mihir Desai + is affiliated with the Environmental Health Clinic. The Boston field office of the EHC is operated by Artists in Context + is a platform for creatively engaging citizens in the critical environmental issues of our time. At the workshop, we will review the remarkably unique science of water, subsequently using that knowledge to engineer novel textures + tastes.
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10/22/2011Immigrant Movement InternationalTania Bruguera, co-hosted by Experience Economies with Gavin Kroeber and Rebecca UchillBoston, MA40Immigrant Movement International (IM International) is a five-year project initiated by renowned Cuban-born artist Tania Bruguera. IM International's mission is to help define the immigrant as a unique, new global citizen in a post-national world. This is AIC's first partnership with Experience Economies, a cultural event series presented at unique sites throughout Boston that emphasizes performance, presentation, discussion and sociability.
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10/15/2011Rhode Island Connected and Consequential ConveningEllen Driscoll, Marcel Lussier, Holly Ewald, Drake Patten, Betsey Biggs and Carol BebelleVarious locations in ProvidenceConference55The Rhode Island Convening is a traveling event, venturing out to explore three notable case studies in Providence and then reconvening in the evening to discuss socially engaged hybrid practice and enjoy a keynote presentation.
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10/1/2011"Changing Course: Maine Connected and Consequential"Art at Work, Nancy Andrews, AddVerb Productions, Pull-Start Pictures, Beehive Design CollectiveQuimby Colony, Portland MEConversation25This gathering of artists and non-artists covered a number of issues related to hybrid practice, including the potential collaboration of artists and social science researchers and the question of how to design design the architecture of this emerging sector to encourage the flow of media to cover the effects of the work - the "ah-ha" moments that occur in the transformative, complex space that is hybrid artistic practice.
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9/24/2011Boston Cross (x)Species Adventure Club, Workshop and Dinner (Air)Natalie JeremijenkoSamson Gallery, Boston MAWorkshop and Dinner20The xSpecies Adventure Club is a project of the Environmental Health Clinic, a platform created by artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko. The purpose of this experimental design project is to transform our relationship to nature; to break down the division between humans and other species and demonstrate that the world is one giant feedback loop and that any division between self and other, society and nature, is a problematic dichotomy.
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9/17/2011Distant MirrorsEllen DriscollProvidence River, Providence, MALaunch of exhibit and discussion20AIC will host an event in conjunction with the installation of Distant Mirrors by artist Ellen Driscoll in the Providence River near the South Water Street Bridge. The event will include the official "launch" of the floating sculptures that constitute the piece as well as a "geographical tour" of the history behind and the local and global significance of Distant Mirrors by lead artist Ellen Driscoll and Jennifer Smith, one of her collaborators on the project and site manager of Roger Williams National Park in Providence.
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9/14/2011Planting the Seed LibraryPeter Merzbacher, Doris MadsenPine Point Branch, Springfield, MA and Forest Park Branch, Springfield, MAWorkshop10The Springfield City Library, New Growth Gardens and Artists in Context are launching a "seed library" at the Library. This library will ensure that community members can have access to FREE seeds for spring 2012 planting. The seeds will be archived in a re-purposed wooden library card catalog.
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9/12/2011Alt-Mapping Workshop 2Marie CieriPioneer Valley, MAWorkshop16This session will focus on execution and discussion of participants' own mapping projects and may include an on-site group endeavor, building on the first session's emphasis on the many ways we look at the landscapes we inhabit (as nature, problem, economics, etc) and on a variety of alternative mapping projects we have viewed.
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9/11/2011Observing a Decade Since the 9/11 Attacks: A Public ConversationKrista DeNio, Matt Mitchell, Susan Oetgen, Carole Anne MeehanCanal Gallery, Holyoke, MAPerformance and Conversation25An interdisciplinary discussion of the role art and artists play in our understanding of war will take place after a performance of Contact, an interactive performance installation created in relation to Matt Mitchell's portrait project: 100 Faces of War Experience.
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8/18/2011How Much Is Enough: Our Values in QuestionMelanie JosephParamount Center, Boston, MAPerformance35The play itself is a series of questions posed to audience members that explores our fundamental concepts of value -- quantitatively through our relations to money and qualitatively by asking what we hold dear. Participants who volunteer to answer will be asked what they have valued at different stages of their lives, their plans for the future, their estimates of how much different objects or experiences are worth and more.
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7/30/2011Permaculture WorkshopRachel KaplanMontview Neighborhood Farm, Northampton, MAWorkshop15This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the different elements that make up an urban homestead and how to put them together in whatever space you have. Rachel will offer some basics in permaculture design, as well as some common sense how-to projects for the urban homestead.
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7/27/2011Boston Cross (x)Species Adventure Club, Workshop and Dinner (Air)Natalie JeremijenkoSamson Gallery, Boston MAWorkshop and Dinner20The xSpecies Adventure Club is a project of the Environmental Health Clinic, a platform created by artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko. The purpose of this experimental design project is to transform our relationship to nature; to break down the division between humans and other species and demonstrate that the world is one giant feedback loop and that any division between self and other, society and nature, is a problematic dichotomy.
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7/21/2011OneBook "Neo-Bohemia:Art and Commerce in the Post-Industrial City"Sandy Zipp, Assistant Professor of American Civilization and Urban Studies at Brown UniversityLibertalia, Providence, RIBook club and discussion20Sandy Zipp, Assistant Professor of American Civilization and Urban Studies at Brown University (bio at the bottom of this page), will moderate a discussion on selected readings from Richard D Lloyd's "Neo-Bohemia". The discussion will be held at Libertalia "an autonomous space for public initiative and media access, for the support of community power and dialogue".
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7/21/2011Alt-Map WorkshopMarie CieriPioneer Valley, Northampton, MAWorkshop and Conversation14Geographer and AIC Co-Director Marie Cieri will lead a workshop on nontraditional mapping techniques and theory. Discussion will engage participants in different ways of looking at the many landscapes we inhabit (as nature, problem, economics, etc).
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6/12/2011Connected and Consequential: Wrap-UpGavin Kroeber, Liora BeerDesign Studio for Social Intervention, Boston, MAConversation24Open time for discussion and networking with presentation by Marc Zegans
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6/11/2011Connected and Consequential: Case Studies and Ideas TeamRobbie McCauley, Sharon Jackson, Jeremy Nobel: Moderator; Judy Meredith; Dan Borelli, Gavin Kroeber; Mario Ernesto Quiroz Servellon, Franklin Soults, Jose Luis Falconi: Moderator; Marianne Hughes, Jordan Tynes, Kristin Fowler, Marie Cieri, Liora Beer, Louisa McCallNortheastern UniversityConference62Presentations of case studies by artists and speakers followed by open discussion. Presentations by experts in Resource Skill areas with strategies in the fields of technology, collaboration and sustainability.
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6/10/2011Connected and Consequential: Stories from the FieldGail Burton, Michael Dowling, Andi Sutton, Mariama White-Hammond, John Osorio-Buck, Moderator: Kenneth BaileyNortheastern UniversityConversation55Ken Bailey will interview the participants and encourage conversation around the differences and similarities, the challenges and successes, and the long-term viability of their socially engaged practices
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5/25/2011We Shall Not Be MovedKelly Creedon, Moderator: Susie HustedJamaica Plain, MAConversation18“We Shall Not Be Moved” is an ongoing multimedia documentary project by Kelly Creedon, in partnership with City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association. The project tells the story of a growing grassroots movement that is using the power of bringing people together to help keep families in their homes after foreclosure. Since 2008, City Life/Vida Urbana has focused on preventing the eviction of both former owners and renters resulting from a rise in foreclosures. The Bank Tenant Association was created to stop evictions through a combination of legal defense, collective action, and political protest.
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5/19/2011Major Medical Breakthrough: A Performance by Add Verb ProductionsMaine Medical Center, Portland MEPerformance40Major Medical Breakthrough is a compelling call to action for the health care sector to examine its role in detecting and preventing violence in patients' lives. Two professional actors, a multimedia approach and the latest research combine to use the power of performance to make a difficult topic accessible to explore policy, protocol and applications.
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5/17/2011Connected and Consequential Keynote Presentation: art + technology in the age of activismSpeakers: Nicco Mele and Theaster GatesBoston Public Library, Boston, MAKeynote Address60Theaster Gates is an artist living and working in Chicago. He is often referred to as an activist, community organizer and performer, among other things. His interests are broad, and his solutions lead him into a variety of genres and material. Nicco Mele is a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 with politics, business and communications. As webmaster for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's 2004 presidential race, Nicco and the campaign team pioneered the use of technology and social media that revolutionized political fundraising and American politics. As an adjunct faculty member at Harvard's Kennedy School, Nicco teaches graduate level classes about the internet and politics.
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5/13/2011"Sugar" Story CircleRobbie McCauleyHEARTH homeStory Circle10Artist Robbie McCauley is expanding her latest theatrical work, Sugar, about her own struggle with diabetes as connected to slavery, war, work, romance and food, to incorporate the stories of other diabetics. With the support of AIC, Robbie is conducting three story circles in the Boston area: one at HEARTH's Ruggles Street facility with formerly homeless elders with diabetes; another in Mattapan with diabetics of African heritage; and a third at Boston Medical Center for parents of children with diabetes.
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4/23/2011The Border Crossed UsOfelia Rivas, Flora Marietta, and Catherine D'IgnazioUMass Amherst Campus, Amherst, MAVirtual Tour8Artists in Context, in collaboration with the Institute for Infinitely Small Things and the University Museum of Contemporary Art, organized two virtual tours of the fence. Ofelia Rivas and Flora Marietta of the Tohono O'odham Nation and Catherine D'Ignazio of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things will lead these tours of the US-Mexico border, using the artwork, The Border Crossed Us, as a platform for storytelling and reflection.
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4/18/2011Prisoners' ProjectsSpeaker: Salem Collo-JulinDesign Studio for Social Intervention, Boston, MAArtist Presentation25There is a long history of artists working with prisoners and a range of aesthetic strategies they have employed to collaborate with incarcerated individuals. Temporary Services member Salem Collo-Julin, who is visiting the School of Museum of Fine Arts, will participate in an open and public dialogue with Boston-based practitioners. Salem will give a short presentation on Temporary Services project Prisoners' Inventions that will set the stage for Boston artists to share and discuss their work. According to the Temporary Services website, a major goal of these practices is to elevate the "aesthetic means" that are currently eclipsed by the hegemonic values ascribed to art.
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4/16/2011Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition Fundred Dollar Bill Project Mel ChinNorthern York County YMCA, 3 Pomerleau Street, Biddeford, MECommunity Engagement150Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) will use the resources and materials from the Fundred Dollar Bill Project (initiated nationwide by artist Mel Chin and coordinated in New England by AIC) to educate children and their parents on the risks of lead poisoning. (For more information about the Fundred Dollar Bill Project and its presence in New England, go to the AIC Past Events webpage.)

The project kick-off will occur on April 16 as part of "Healthy Kids Day" at the Northern York County YMCA. Kids will have the opportunity to create Fundred Dollar Bills, and parents will be provided educational information and resources to address lead paint in their homes.

During the month of May, CHCC will work with all elementary and middle schools to encourage participation in the Fundred Dollar Bill Project. During the summer, CHCC will work with the Biddeford and Saco Recreation Departments to incorporate the project into their summer camp programs.
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4/7/2011Who Made Us Creative?: People, Place, and Power in ProvidenceMicah Salkind, Susan Sakash, Emmy Bright, and Jori KettenNew Urban Arts 743 Westminster St, Providence, RIPublic Forum75As part of the New Urban Arts Creative Conversation Series, “Who Made Us Creative?” will convene founders and current leaders from AS220, New Urban Arts, Community MusicWorks, and the Steel Yard for a “fishbowl” conversation in front of a public audience. The conversation, which will begin as a moderated discussion among these leaders before opening up into a larger conversation with attendees, will address questions of origin, place, resources, relationship to powerful institutions (such as city government and universities), and vision. “Who Made Us Creative?” is open to the public but designed with young people invested in the future of these and similar organizations in mind.
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4/3/2011March-April OneBook Features Session with Brian Rotman, Author of Becoming Beside OurselvesBrian Rotman, Vincent Lepinay, Peggy ReynoldsPrivate Residence, Cambridge, MAOneBook Book Club10At the first session of this OneBook on March 13, we will consider the introductory and final chapters of Becoming Beside Ourselves. Present to facilitate our discussion that afternoon will be two scholars who are well versed in Rotman's work: Vincent Lepinay, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at MIT; and Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.

For the second session on April 3, we will read Durand's essay as well as finish Rotman's book.

NOTE: This OneBook Book Club is organized in conjunction with Brian Rotman's keynote address for the Harvard Humanities Center's Intangibles Conference April 1 at the Harvard Barker Center in Boston. His keynote address, which will be free and open to the public, is a Featured Related Event of Artists in Context.
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3/28/2011Artists+Researchers: Redux - Radical Reference Librarians Offer Research Assistance in Jamaica PlainAxiom Gallery,141 Green St,. Jamaica Plain, MA Research Methods Presentation15Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. They provide professional research support, education and access to information. Join us for our second Researchers+Artists conversation and walk away ready to find and use the wealth of information available.Sketchbook 7th February to 12th March 201046

BRRC members Alana Kumbier and Heather McCann will discuss freely-available online research resources and ways the BRRC can provide local assistance. After the presentation, we will open up the conversation for questions and discussion of ongoing (or potential) projects.

For artists: This event will be especially relevant to artists those whose work and creative practice engages specific social issues, is in some way community- or locally-oriented, or just requires access to information, data, or research resources beyond one's area of expertise.

For researchers: You don't have to be a librarian, or a member of Radical Reference, to participate! We're hoping to create a space in which all kinds of researchers -- librarians, data and GIS specialists, journalists, government document sleuths, grad students and intellectually-curious intrepid investigators -- can meet local artists, and each other, and instigate collaborations.
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3/26/2011Bringing Down the Walls!Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde - Latin / Afro-Caribbean world-rock for liberation
Evan Greer & Friends - Queer 'n catchy riot-folk with a full band, last show before tour!
spiritchild - hip-hop freedom singer from the Bronx by way of Brooklyn
Born In A Cent - melodic feminist indie punk rock for justice, on tour from NYC
Plus local youth talent Danniela and Jalen!
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116Community Engagement150A night of music & art to honor political prisoners and prisoners of war!

In collaboration with community organizers Evan Greer and Laila Murad, Artist in Context invites you to an evening exploring the role of art by and in solidarity with political prisoners and prisoners of war. Join us for a night of Revolutionary Music, Reflection Wall, Food, Socializing and REMEMBERANCE!

This educational and entertaining evening features brand new written statements from Mumia Abu Jamaal, Imam Jamil Al-Amin, and other political prisoners. We will hear updates from our people behind bars, and their thoughts on the role of art and music in the movement. We will also be displaying incredible artwork drawn in solitary confinement by Muslim political prisoner Tarek Mehanna.
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3/21/2011Bureau for Open Culture: Making New Learning Sites James VoorhiesRoom 240, Studio Arts Building, UMass, AmherstTalk35Operated by the curator and art historian James Voorhies, Bureau for Open Culture works to reimagine the art exhibition as a new kind of learning site, exploring the social, economic and political conditions specific to the locations in which it occurs. As a nomadic institution for contemporary art, Bureau for Open Culture, works to intentionally re-imagine the art exhibition as a new kind of learning site by initiating and cultivating collaborations with art and academic institutions. Voorhies will talk about past, current and future work and ways of operating within a space of uncertainty to form new engagement with art and its institutions.

Bureau for Open Culture comes to the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst (operating for the evening from Room 240 in the Studio Arts Building), through the collaborative efforts of Artists in Context, UCMA, and C3 (creative community collective.)
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3/13/2011March-April OneBook Features Session with Brian Rotman, Author of Becoming Beside OurselvesBrian Rotman, Vincent Lepinay, Peggy ReynoldsPrivate Residence, Cambridge, MAOneBook Book Club10At the first session of this OneBook on March 13, we will consider the introductory and final chapters of Becoming Beside Ourselves. Present to facilitate our discussion that afternoon will be two scholars who are well versed in Rotman's work: Vincent Lepinay, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at MIT; and Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.

For the second session on April 3, we will read Durand's essay as well as finish Rotman's book.

NOTE: This OneBook Book Club is organized in conjunction with Brian Rotman's keynote address for the Harvard Humanities Center's Intangibles Conference April 1 at the Harvard Barker Center in Boston. His keynote address, which will be free and open to the public, is a Featured Related Event of Artists in Context.
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3/11/2011"Sugar" Story CircleRobbie McCauleyHEARTH homeStory Circle10Artist Robbie McCauley is expanding her latest theatrical work, Sugar, about her own struggle with diabetes as connected to slavery, war, work, romance and food, to incorporate the stories of other diabetics. With the support of AIC, Robbie is conducting three story circles in the Boston area: one at HEARTH's Ruggles Street facility with formerly homeless elders with diabetes; another in Mattapan with diabetics of African heritage; and a third at Boston Medical Center for parents of children with diabetes.
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2/19/2011"Sugar" Story CircleRobbie McCauleyHEARTH homeStory Circle10Artist Robbie McCauley is expanding her latest theatrical work, Sugar, about her own struggle with diabetes as connected to slavery, war, work, romance and food, to incorporate the stories of other diabetics. With the support of AIC, Robbie is conducting three story circles in the Boston area: one at HEARTH's Ruggles Street facility with formerly homeless elders with diabetes; another in Mattapan with diabetics of African heritage; and a third at Boston Medical Center for parents of children with diabetes.
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2/14/2011Tactical Design and EcologyProfessor Nitin Sawhney, artist/engineer Natalie Jeremijenko, chef/molecular gastronomist Mihir Desai, artist Matthew Mazzotta The Cube, MIT, 20 Ames st. Cambridge, MAxSpecies Tasting Workshop, presentation and discussion100Artists in Context and the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) have jointly organized a return to Boston for renowned artist, engineer and activist Natalie Jeremijenko to speak on her work addressing a core challenge behind the climate crisis: a crisis of agency. We also are proud to present local artist, activist and animal lover Matthew Mazzotta (an ACT alum), who will speak about his work engaging people with their environment, their pets and with one another in energetic new ways! The event is being held in conjunction with the MIT Course "Advanced Seminar in Network Cultures and Participatory Media: Tactical Design for Cooperative Agency and Disruption" led by Prof. Nitin Sawhney at ACT.
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2/12/2011"Sugar" Story CircleRobbie McCauleyMattapan Community Health CenterStory Circle7Bringing a festive close to the symposium, AIC will sponsor an Artists Cafe with food and a cash bar for participants to share with one another the discoveries and inspirations, and build connections with others who are moved to action. More details on this to follow - so check back soon!
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2/11/2011"Sugar" Story CircleRobbie McCauleyHEARTH homeStory Circle10Robbie McCauley's "Sugar" project connects her own struggle with diabetes as connected to slavery, war, work, romance and food, and the stories of other diabetics. Robbie uses Story Circles as a powerful technique for sharing around such difficult subjects. The opportunity to share, and to listen, can be a transformative force for those who experience this often private disease. This story circle is at HEARTH's Ruggles Street facility with formerly homeless elders with diabetes.
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1/14/2011"Sugar" Story CircleRobbie McCauleyHEARTH homeStory Circle10Robbie McCauley's "Sugar" project connects her own struggle with diabetes as connected to slavery, war, work, romance and food, and the stories of other diabetics. Robbie uses Story Circles as a powerful technique for sharing around such difficult subjects. The opportunity to share, and to listen, can be a transformative force for those who experience this often private disease. This story circle is at HEARTH's Ruggles Street facility with formerly homeless elders with diabetes.
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12/10/2010"Sugar" Story CircleRobbie McCauleyHEARTH homeStory Circle10Robbie McCauley's "Sugar" project connects her own struggle with diabetes as connected to slavery, war, work, romance and food, and the stories of other diabetics. Robbie uses Story Circles as a powerful technique for sharing around such difficult subjects. The opportunity to share, and to listen, can be a transformative force for those who experience this often private disease. This story circle is at HEARTH's Ruggles Street facility with formerly homeless elders with diabetes.
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11/19/2010Artists + ResearchersBoston Radical Reference Collective (BRRC) members Alana Kumbier and Heather McCannSprout & Co., SomervillePresentation and Discussion60Artists, activists and others interested in accessing the services of the Boston Radical Reference Collective (BRRC) -- professional research support, education and access to information -- were invited to join AIC at a presentation and discussion led by Boston Radical Reference Collective (BRRC)
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11/12/2010"Sugar" Story CircleRobbie McCauleyHEARTH homeStory Circle10Robbie McCauley's "Sugar" project connects her own struggle with diabetes as connected to slavery, war, work, romance and food, and the stories of other diabetics. Robbie uses Story Circles as a powerful technique for sharing around such difficult subjects. The opportunity to share, and to listen, can be a transformative force for those who experience this often private disease. This story circle is at HEARTH's Ruggles Street facility with formerly homeless elders with diabetes.
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11/11/2010Philosopher's Walk in Boston's Urban NatureArtist J. Morgan Puett, architect/community gardening researcher Ben Peterson and history and philosophy of science scholar Peggy ReynoldsStarting Point: United Neighbors Community Garden, RoxburryPhilosopher's Walk20AIC transposed the shape and length of one of Thoreau's many walks at Walden Pond onto the Boston landscape, thereby setting the stage for a philosophers' walk through urban nature
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11/4/2010OneBook Picnic reading "Created Commons" by Lewis HydeConcord Museum, Concord MAOneBook Group Discussion10AIC collaborated with Mildred's Lane Renovating Walden artist J. Morgan Puett to host an evening picnic on Monument Square to discuss Lewis Hyde's assertion that "despite his fabled independence, we would not have his [Thoreau's] work were it not for the remarkably rich community and communal institutions that surrounded him in Concord."
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10/6/2010"Physical Geology"Ilana Halperin and Andrew Patrizio, Professor and Director of Research, Edinburgh College of ArtEarthwatch Headquarters, 114 Western Ave., Allston, MAPerformative Lecture35"How can artworks be produced in relation to geological time?" Halperin delivered a performative lecture on her recently published book, Physical Geology (New Landmass in Three Forms), which was accompanied by archival footage of the Eldfell volcanic eruption on the Icelandic island of Heimaey, filmed by an early Earthwatch field crew in 1973. Created from the convergence of biological and artistic disciplines, the book offers comparative material that includes classic medical illustrations, geological artifacts, images of animal petrification and historical body stones. Created by Halperin, the book is a collaboration of the Berliner Medizinhistoriches Museum der Charite and Edinburgh College of Art
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10/3/2010"Wet-Landings" workshopJeremijenko and her collaboratorsBoston, MAWorkshop15
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10/3/2010AgBag workshop
Jeremijenko and her collaboratorsCambridge, MA
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10/1/2010"Introduction to the Environmental Health Clinic"Natalie JeremijenkoHunter Lab, Brown University, Providence RILecture and discussion"People know how to ring up and make an appointment at their health clinic, but they don't really know what to do about toxins in the air and global warming, right? So the whole thing is how do we translate the tremendous amount of anxiety and interest in addressing major environmental issues into something concrete that people can do whose effect is measurable and significant?"
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9/30/2010"Introduction to the Environmental Health Clinic"Natalie JeremijenkoCambridge Public LibraryLecture and discussion100Come hear what the Environmental Health Clinic (EHC) is all about and contribute your ideas to formation of a Clinic Field Office in the Boston area!
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8/21/2010OneBook Book Club "Deschooling Society" by Ivan IllichSprout & Co. Somerville, MA
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8/14/2010OneBook Book Club "Deschooling Society" by Ivan IllichSprout & Co. Somerville, MA
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8/7/2010OneBook Book Club "Deschooling Society" by Ivan IllichSprout & Co. Somerville, MA
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7/30/2010"Ocean Voices"Halsey Burgund and Wallace J. NicholsMuseum of Science, 1 Science Park, BostonPerformance45Ocean Voices is a collaboration between sound artist Halsey Burgund and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols and features spoken-voice recordings from people around the world woven into a musical score for acoustic and electronic instruments performed by Burgund and his group Aesthetic Evidence. The voices have been collected via in-person interviews; an interactive website (oceanvoices.org); and an iPhone application.
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7/11/2010"Documenting Mythologies"2009-2010 UnionDocs CollaborativeCarpenter Center, Harvard UniversityWork in progress screening and discussion60Documenting Mythologies is a work-in-progress investigation of myth in contemporary society as created by the 2009-2010 UnionDocs Collaborative. The story follows 11 non-fiction media artists on a trip from Brooklyn, NY, through New England to rural Maine, a kind of ritual escape from the city on a holiday weekend. Their simple journey becomes the frame for a series of complex short works in film, video and radio.
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7/7/2010OneBook Book Club "The Craftsman" by Richard SennettArtist and Massachusetts College of Art and Design professor, Jill Slosberg-AckermanOneBook Group Discussion10
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5/8/2010"Foreign Parts"Verena Paravel and J.P. SniadeckiAladdin Auto Service, 162 Alewife Brook ParkwayWork in progress screening and discussion60Foreign Parts is a feature-length film documenting the changing daily life of a New York City junkyard as the threat of demolition looms. A refuge for the homeless, runaways and hundreds of illegal immigrants, the junkyard conceals a vibrant community that will likely disappear soon due to a city plan to redevelop the area. The film portrays the dying world of an immigrant small-business community; the affective fabric of ties people there have to "their" land; and the body of political, economic and environmental issues that impact their lives.
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5/7/2010Mel Chin's FUNDRED/PAYDIRT project collection eventNew Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, N.H. Community engagement25Students of the New Hampshire Institute of Art created an artistic installation of the Fundred dollar bills at the French Building, 148 Concord Street.
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