Organizing my own community in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, via diptychs for participants and video conversations constituting a User Guide to DIY Community Organizing for others to do the same in their own neighborhoods.
User Guide to DYI Community Organizing
January, 2016

Sandbox off-site interview (#5) with John Avelutto in front of audience for the Re-Animator exhibition at Bay Ridge Art Space, where I showed the Sandbox diptychs.

1. Propose Curriculum of Feminist Geographers to Teaching Artist (Jeannine Bardo, December 12, 2015).
2. Make introductions within my network: Teaching Artist and Climate Change Scientist (Elena Soterakis, December 15, 2015).
3. Facilitate donation of darkroom for a Space of Escape + Activism through the support of a photographer (Salim Hasbini, December 19, 2015).

4. Collaborate with community queer activist on local march (Danielle Bullock, December 28, 2015).

5. Find the Artist Community Organizer and make selections within this network (John Avelutto, January 7, 2016).
6. Establish bond with Grassroots Organization that does social justice, anti-racist, feminist work - for all of the above (Kayla Santosuosso, February 7, 2016).
Team Darkroom
The Sandbox Conversation with Salim Hasbini about Ig Mata's donation of enlargers led to our setting up an analog darkroom at the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) in Bay Ridge - in a tiny room with a sink and a door that opens to a rooftop. In addition to implementing the darkroom, I donated books for a photography library and made prints for a Hallway Archive of shared actions.
Bay Ridge March in Support of Muslim Neighbors.
January, 2016
I am one of a handful of organizers for this march - in spite of freezing temperatures, around 400 people showed up.
The Safas of Al Safa

For SAW 2013, I approached Mr. Safa of Al Safa, who gave me permission to hang two images, visible to the street, as well as conducting conversations by the open windows - on what it is that makes people feel at home in a place. As part of the conversations, I treated participants to Al Safa food with my SAW honorarium for materials.

Storefront Art Walk (SAW)
May, 2013
5th. Avenue, Bay Ridge

For both walls, I chose to make a photograph of a local, blooming tree - as a soothing image for Mr. Safa who misses Lebanese trees, especially cedar trees. These tree flowers hang among his other photographs and objects from Lebanon.
The second of my Open Window Conversations