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New York Society presents a
Folk Arts Workshop
Democratizing the Folk Arts Workplace

October 23, 7:00 p.m.
Great Room, South Oxford Space, 138 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY

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         Democratizing the the Folk Arts Workplace:



New York Folklore Society, in collaboration with Bronx Green Worker Cooperatives, has a workshop for you:

With BGWC’s Ileia Burgos

WHEN: Sunday, October 23, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Great Room at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn

(South Oxford Space is within easy walking distance from the Atlantic/Barclay’s Center subway stop and accessible by multiple NYC subway lines.)

Admission is open and refreshments will be served.
Freewill donations accepted at the door
RSVP now to emcondon@msn.com to save yourself a space, as seating will be limited.

As follow-up to our conversations at the “Democratizing the (Folk Arts) Nonprofit Workplace” seminar held in February 2016, New York Folklore Society has partnered with Bronx Green Worker Cooperatives to present “Forming A Worker-Owned Co-Op,” a how-to information session about cooperative business start ups. This workshop is geared to culture workers—folk and traditional artists, folklorists, ethnomusicologists, and arts administrators.

The workshop considers the worker-owned cooperative, one of the alternative work structures touched upon in our February seminar conversations. Bronx Green Worker Cooperatives is a NYC-funded organization which incubates new worker-owned cooperatives (groups of NYC entrepreneurs united around a community-centered mission). They offer trainings twice a year through “Co-Op Academy,” a FREE six-month, intensive business start-up training program. Applications for admission to the Spring 2017 session of Co-Op Academy will be accepted in December. BGWC leader Ileia Burgos will explain how Co-Op Academy works, and how people can apply. She will also share case studies of new organizations incubated this way, including Revolutionary Seeds (collage-based social justice posters), Polido Skateboards (youth-owned skateboard design group), Syllable (student-owned screenprinting), and other women-owned and youth-led cooperatives.

There will be Q&A about how groups of two or more artists/culture workers can qualify for the next cycle of Co-Op Academy training.

As BGWC founder Omar Freilla explains, worker-owned cooperatives are a work structure in which each member of the working group has “an equal share in decision-making and an equal share of the profits.” As such, worker-owned co-ops represent an alternative work structure to be considered alongside 501c3 nonprofits, fiscal sponsorships, and for-profit corporations.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Ileia Burgos, Outreach Coordinator, Bronx Green Worker Cooperatives
Ileia Burgos is helping to build a solidarity economy within the Bronx and other NYC boroughs, where residents control and create their own wealth in networks of cooperatives. Ileia has been organizing in educational justice led by young folks in schools, climate justice led by residents of a Sandy affected neighborhood in Queens, and economic justice in Bronx areas being targeted by developers. She leads organizing workshops and political education with groups fighting for justice on environmental, climate, economic, and gender front lines across the country. Ileia is also a photographer-artist who began to discover Bronx history through hip-hop and by documenting her own life in the Hunt’s Point and Mott Haven sections of the South Bronx.

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The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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South Oxford Space is fully air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and convenient to all trains: B, C, D, G, N, R, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5, and the LIRR.

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