First Street Green with Crosby Street Gallery present:
Workshop | Exhibit
The City as Play:
Creating your ideal New York City
Join us in this fun and interactive urban planning workshop facilitated and developed by James Rojas, an urban planner/artist. Participants will get to engage with an interactive diorama of the Lower East Side and articulate their vision for New York City using hundreds of repurposed, colorful objects. The event is free and is open to all ages.
Location: First Park @ 33 East 1st Street, Manhattan
Date: July 28, 2012 3:00-5:00 PM
Rain Date: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 1:00-3:00 PM
Special thanks to Julie Chan, urban planner, artist and co-founder of Crosby Street Gallery, Silva Ajemian, co-founder of architecture firm TODO DA and co-director of First Street Green, and James’ students from Pratt Institute for all their help.
For more information go to www.firststreetgreenpark.org
About James Rojas ///////////////////
James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, and artist. He has facilitated over two hundred workshops across the country teaching and engaging communities with his signature interactive workshops and urban dioramas. James is one of a few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design. He founded the Latino Urban Forum (LUF), a volunteer advocacy group dedicated to understanding and improving the built environment of Los Angeles’ Latino communities. This summer, he is teaching a course on community engagement methods at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He holds a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science of Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About Crosby Street Gallery ////////////////////
Crosby Street Gallery is a new source of collectible art by emerging and established artists. Through curated art collections on-line and in temporary, pop-up galleries, Crosby seeks to inspire you with a unique arts experience, connect you with artists, and make collecting art easier and fun – all while supporting good causes along the way. Look out for the launch of our online store this summer!
About First Street Green ////////////////////////////
First Street Green (FSG) is a group of community artists, architects and residents that came together in 2008 to revitalize the NYC Parks and Recreation Department (DPR) – owned vacant lot at 33 East First Street in Manhattan into a maintainable plaza and cultural space Art Park. First Street Green’s phase 1 goal has been achieved through DPR’s effort and hosting of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in 2011. FSG’s new challenge in the 2nd phase of its mission is to support the new Art Park by working with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and use First Park Art Park to host sustainable programming for and with the community focusing on cultural and educational events involving all of the arts, while also serving as a public forum for ideas.