The Binghamton Community Lab which examines local issues and problems on the third Tuesday of every month at the Lost Dog Cafe. This months topic was Community Media and the Binghamton Bridge presented a slide show on its updated website, and encouraged people to post articles as well as event information so that "the community can have a deeper understanding of each other's issues and can broaden their reach." Articles on local issues and politics have recently had several hundred "reads" on the site and is creating a community discussion on topics such as the Blueprint Binghamton comprehensive plan, Mural Arts, and City politics.
To see the video by mainstream WICZ follow this link.
I'm really happy and excited to send information out about the 4th annual Big Splash this year in Owego, NY. This year's lineup is absolutely incredible, and is going to simply be a blast. I'll be bringing my dancing shoes!
It is with a degree of frustration that I announce this in Owego, rather than Rec Park in Binghamton as it has been for the past 3 years. Our newly elected Mayor of the City of Binghamton, Rich David, has quickly developed a reputation as being very media savvy, and rather than go on the record as being in favor of fracking, he prefers to quietly sit on permit applications until they are too late to act on. He has allowed his petty political opinions to hurt our local businesses and community by making it incredibly difficult to obtain permits for anything at all. Big Splash draws thousands of people from out of town who spend their money locally, and show an awesome side of our City, and I'm quite unhappy to see our city lose this event.
I invite you to call the Mayor's Office at (607) 772-7zero01, and let them know that you are not in favor of his hurting local businesses by not granting permits for events which help the City.
All of this aside, here are details on the 4th Annual Owego Big Splash Sustainability Fair:
Saturday May 17th was supposed to be Mural Fest for the BU management students group re-BOLD Binghamton but it has been seriously downsized. The dream started when their management class invited LA Mural artist Man One to speak at BU on March 25th. He also spoke at the Cooperative Gallery sponsored by the Dept of Public Art the following day. The plan was to paint at least three murals in Binghamton in one week and bring Man One and his LA colleagues back to paint with the community.
YOU painting a mural on a school bus redesigned as a mobile farmer's market and food bank!
YOU dancing to music from local bands, including Binghamton University's own Strange Appeal and Basic Printer!
YOU watching and interacting with local artists while they paint on various ?canvasses?
?YOU enjoying the company of friends and family!
Street Art themed music festival!
Celebrate BU graduation, celebrate summer, celebrate local talent!
COME GET CREATIVE WITH ReBOLD Binghamton and QuarterYellow Studios this Saturday 12-5PM, Martin Luther King Promenade (next to 5 Court Street)
Our team is organizing 8 artists for the bus this weekend. We still have 4-6 spots open, each one involving an 8'x11' section of both left and right sides of the bus. If a QYS artist or anyone else you know would like to be involved, please have them email us a sketch of their idea for that section by Friday AM, so we can show it to CHOW before Saturday and make sure it aligns with the purpose of the bus. They are looking for themes of gardens, fresh food, and the community & Binghamton area. It will be used as a mobile food bank & farm stand. email@example.com
We will provide oil-based paint for anyone working on the bus. We will pay $25 to each of the bus artists for their day's work-- the Belmar food truck will also be making food for them, as I understand.
Set up will begin around 11am, and sketching/painting around noon. Then, once artists have made their outlined sketches, they can lead community members in painting by numbers until the bus is BOLD! Then, the artists can go back over and touch up their section where they see fit. Sealer will be applied at another time and place.
The following was posted on the re-Bold Binghamton Facebook site:
"The reBOLD Binghamton Crew has a huge dream for public art in Binghamton. To make this dream become fully realized, all parts of the community need to work together. Unfortunately, the city's Committee on Architecture and Urban Design (CAUD) did not approve our permit request to paint a portrait of a young Binghamton girl on the Rathskeller Pub. The reBOLD Binghamton Crew is confident that public art has the power to transform this city and so we will continue to work to makeBinghamton vibrant and BOLD.
While we search for new wall-artist-city partnerships, we will be running a KickStarter Campaign this summer to raise money to make this event even more BOLD! We expect to host MuralFest 2014 in late summer/early fall, and will keep you informed as dates, times, and locations become finalized.
The reBOLD Binghamton movement can't be stopped and so we will still give you a chance to create public art this Saturday! "
On Saturday, re-Bold will be painting a a CHOW Bus on the MLK Promenade.
With a longer time line it may be more realistic to create murals. CAUD will no longer be approving designs for public art but at the moment the new Public Arts Commission has not been authorized by New York State, according to sources in the City Administration. Mayor David has not named members of the Commission. Other factors are getting funding, insurance, skilled artists, volunteers, and permission from building owners.
There are at least 5 mural projects this year: the Dept of Public Art got a grant from the Chenango Co Arts Council to do a series of murals inside the Water St. Parking Ramp. Kady Perry is slated to paint a mural on the Binghamton Hots Building and three locations have been funded by the city with Kady and Bruce Greig. Another mural fest is scheduled for August. And Kady Perry is teaching a BCC class in June on mural arts if there is enough interest. see below.
We have heard the pundits and read the bloggers discuss the reasons for continual low voter turnout. This problem received national attention during the special election held earlier this year in Florida. However, it is not a new phenomenon; especially here in the Binghamton area.
Historically, mid-year election voter turnout is low. However, the so-called mid year elections races are the ones that tend to have a more direct affect on our lives. A senatorial, congressional, gubernatorial, mayoral or village dog control officer race will ultimately touch on more personal topics than a presidential race. It is normally not until after all the votes are tallied that voters; especially those that did not go to the polls, begin to voice their disdain and criticism.
Many political scientists claim that it is based on "voter apathy". I believe it goes far beyond that. It is more of the voter not being fully informed on the importance of voting during these off years. Voter education in this regard it extremely important.
It's the inside story of the documentary Citizen Koch, which was supposed to air on PBS—before executives yanked the film out of fear of upsetting the billionaire Koch brothers. (By the way: It turned out David Koch had donated $23 million to PBS.1)
As you might expect from a couple of documentary producers who helped Michael Moore make Fahrenheit 9/11, the directors of Citizen Koch didn't take this lying down. The story of how it all happened, and what happened next, will inspire you.
Thanks for all you do.
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P.P.S. Want to see Citizen Koch when it comes out this June? To find out whether it's showing near you, or organize a screening in your area, head over to CitizenKoch.com.
1. "A Word from Our Sponsor: Public television's attempts to placate David Koch," The New Yorker, May 27, 2013
Filmmaker Tim Chaffee is making a short movie called Death and Cupcakes about five college roommates stumbling through the funeral of their sixth roommate. They are looking for extras to be in the film. Wed- Sun May 21- Sun May 25th. Contact DeathandCupcakesFilm @gmail.com.
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Off the Wall Exhibit in July at the Cooperative Gallery
“We challenge you to take your art off the wall,” say the organizers of the “Off the Wall” Exhibit scheduled for July 3-26, 2014 at the Cooperative Gallery. 3-Dimensional artist are encouraged to “step out” a little with the unusual and 2 dimensional artists must create something on the ceiling, the floor, or 90 degrees from the wall. And also included are video artist, sidewalk artists, and performance artists. Contributors to this show must be members of the gallery ($30/year) and must submit their idea for Off the Wall by May 31st to ensure space availability and appropriate scheduling. Form is attached at . For more information call curators MaryRose at 5eight4-4733 or Judy at 5eight4-4715.
Events: Drop off date is June 29th, 2014
Opening Reception July 3rd 5:30- 8 pm
First Friday Art Walk July 4th 3- 9 pm
This is the 4th in a series on the comprehensive plan created by Blueprint Binghamton.
In the last installments we talked about Brownfield Opportunities Areas (BOA's) and the possibility of creating an industrial protection zone for areas along the Brandywine Highway that could be used for freight and as a transportation hub.
Now we want to focus on some smaller, but significant business opportunities. In fact, had we been supporting smaller businesses all along, our economy may well have been stronger.
One idea is to use vacant storefronts as temporary "pop-up" stores and art galleries. (see picture) This is an idea that was pursued by the Downtown Commission, and only one landlord agreed to have a gallery space in his window. It was a beautiful display on Court St. for a year or more, and is now the new home of Chroma, the delicious bakery everyone is talking about. We have plenty of vacant store fronts and until they can be utilized, it makes sense to encourage artists and creative people and improve the appearance of commercial areas.
Another initiative is the Buy Local Campaign. Locally owned businesses recycle 52% of total revenue into the local economy as opposed to large chains which recycle only 15-16%. Local businesses are also responsible for job creation and a more diverse economy. Similarly, the Blueprint applauds the city's 27 point plan to streamline small business entrepreneurship.
Democracy Matters (DM) is a student organization that partners with Citizen Action. They are looking for undergraduates to apply for their paid internship in "On-campus Organizing for Reform." The internship goes from September to May of next year, and involves educating their campus and mobilizing them for reform. If you know undergraduates at any college or university please pass this message on to them and encourage them to apply. (See attached PDF)
Joan D. Mandle, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Democracy Matters
Associate Professor of Sociology, Colgate University
Citizen Action New York, Special Projects
PO Box 157 Hamilton NY 13346
315 82four 4306; 315 725 4two11