NEWS FLASH: Mayor David has added $750 to the prize for the winning design AND the deadline is being extended to July 17th. The Dept. of Public Art (DPA) announces a design contest for a mural slated for the rear of the Binghamton Plaza along the Chenango River Trail, which is also the site of this year's Mural Fest 2016 at Cheri Lindsey Park. "This wall is visible from across the river which makes it part of the Binghamton Gateway and will show Binghamton as a creative, vibrant, and growing community," said Peg Johnston of the DPA. The contest, which carries a $250 prize, will attract local, regional, and national talent and will portray Binghamton's strengths and beauty. The deadline is July 5th and designs should be uploaded to co-sponsor Re-Bold Binghamton's site reboldbinghamton.com.
"We are grateful to Michael Galesi and Galesi Development, owner of the Binghamton Plaza property, for his forward thinking in allowing us to paint a mural on this building," commented Mark Bowers, one of the coordinators for Mural Fest 2016. Mr. Galesi, as well as the newly formed Public Arts Advisory Board and Mayor Rich David will have input on the final design. “We are looking for a bold design that will represent the best of Binghamton and track well from across the river,” said Bowers.
Councilman Conrad Taylor, who represents the North Side said, “The people of the Northside are fighting every day to revitalize their neighborhood and welcome this opportunity to make the Northside waterfront a more beautiful place.”
Mural Fest 2016 is slated for September 17th, and will be held along the Chenango River Trail at Cheri Lindsey Park. The pool house at the Park will also be painted on that day. There will also be art activities for children and adults. Last year's Mural Fest created more than 30 mural panels which were subsequently placed on boarded up buildings in Binghamton, a program which continues.
Both Mural Fests were funded in part by the Chenango Co Arts Council (NYS Decentralization grant) with help from the Hoyt Foundation, as well as by the Broome County Tourism fund. Additional fundraising will be needed for supplies and actual painting of the mural. For more information and for a copy of the Request for Proposals, contact DeptofPublicArt@gmail.com.
Download the RFP for Mural Fest Design Contest below.
The Cooperative Gallery 213 is sponsoring the first Environmental Art exhibit June 2-25, 2016, titled TRASH! A Collaborative EcoArt curated by Peg Johnston. It opens Thursday June 2nd from 6-8 pm and First Friday from 3 pm to 9 pm. Many of the artists will talk about their art and working with specific materials on Third Thursday June 16th at 7 pm. All events are free and open to the public.
"This exhibit is filled with amazing art made from all kinds of materials from paper to plastics, fabric to scrap metal, styrofoam to recycled wood,” says Peg Johnston, an artist at the Cooperative Gallery in Binghamton NY. “I am fascinated with materials that most would call waste and creating art from them.” Beyond use of non-traditional art materials, works in this show will bring attention to the plight of our environment and our role in both creating and remediating environmental destruction.
Another event associated with the TRASH! exhibit is a free Writing Workshop and Reading by Andrei Guruianu, former Broome County Poet Laureate, on Saturday June 25th from 1-4 pm. Guruianu has recently published a new book, Dead Reckoning, Transatlantic Passages on Europe and America. His workshop will include collaging and writing from that art, and readings at the end. It is funded by Poets and Writers, a national organization devoted to offering encouragement and support for emerging writers.
The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on Frist Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm and also by appointment. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for our weekly e-newsletter on our website at www.cooperativegallery.com or on our Facebook page, Cooperative Gallery 213.
Verizon workers have been on strike since April 13th in their effort to get a fair contract. This picture of strikers was taken on the Vestal Parkway. (A lot of people honking...)
More discussion here.
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With Dot-Dash-Ring, the identity of incoming callers repeats in Morse Code three times or until you answer.
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Dot-Dash-Ring is an Android app that works with alpha-numeric data, not pictographs. It works best if your contact list data does not include the US Country Code (+1). Dot-Dash-Ring app features a Morse Code lookup table and a slider to control output speed. Double the speed as you gain confidence in recognizing patterns of dots and dashes.
The Dot-Dash-Ring app celebrates the world's first land-based mobile messages telegraphed between moving trains and railroad stations in Binghamton, NY and Scranton, PA, a year and a half after the Titanic signaled rescue ships in Morse Code. Profits from Dot-Dash-Ring support development of TechWorks!, a destination experience that will showcase globally-important, locally-grown technology in a vintage ice cream factory down the street from the Binghamton railroad station that received the first mobile message in November 1913.
Morse Code - it’s cool. <dot-dash-ringtone logo.png> Questions, suggestions for upgrade - email firstname.lastname@example.org
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56 People of Color Who Have Had Abortions Send Letter to Congress Denouncing Racist and Sexist Anti-Abortion Ban
WASHINGTON, DC: In a letter sent to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, 56 people of color who had abortions expressed their ‘vehement opposition’ to H.R. 4924, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2016. The signatories indicated the location and year of their abortion(s).
The letter was submitted as collective testimony in response to the April 14, 2016 subcommittee hearing in which only one witness, Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum, was allowed to testify in support of abortion and was spoken over as she attempted to make final remarks. The voices of people of color who have had abortions were ignored while misogynist, racist remarks about people of color were repeated, unchecked.
H.R. 4924 is broad in scope and seeks to ban abortions based on sex and/or racial preference, and would criminalize abortion providers who offer abortion care to someone who chooses an abortion for any of those reasons. The bill is based on racist and sexist cultural stereotypes about communities of color, and has no basis in fact. In reality, H.R. 4924 would force abortion providers to interrogate a patient’s reasons for having an abortion, rather than supporting them in accessing safe health care.
“We are people of color who have had abortions,” the letter reads. “We made the best decisions for us and our circumstances We should be trusted to make decisions for ourselves, free from political interference, stigma, paternalism, and racism. Racial profiling is not an American value, and this bill would legitimize and set a dangerous standard in the practice in health care.”
“As Black people, Latinas, and Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we testify that we are autonomous and we decided to have abortions of our own volition. There was no wool pulled over our eyes by abortion providers -- we are capable of making our own choices and any questioning of that fact demeans our humanity as people of color. We will not sit silently while we are being exploited for the passage of yet another abortion restriction. We testify we will not stand for the continued Congressional attacks on access to abortion care. We testify in support of the abortion providers who care for us, and denounce any attempts to criminalize their work. We testify that we deserve respect and dignity.”
The letter seeks to counter the narrative that people of color do not choose abortion of their own volition, lift up the voices of people of color who don’t regret their abortions (95 percent of women still feel abortion was right for them, both immediately and 3 years after the procedure), and highlight factual errors and misrepresentations by the hearing witnesses, including:
* Dispelling myths surrounding the prevalence of race- and sex-selective abortions in communities of color.
* Submitting polling demonstrating the overwhelming support for access to abortion care by communities of color.
* Correcting the witness’ misrepresentation of Civil Rights leaders’ views on abortion, such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and U.S. Representative John Lewis, co-sponsor of Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act (H.R. 2972) and the Women’s Health Protection Act (S.R. 217, H.R. 448)
* Reminding the subcommittee of the witness’ misrepresentation of research by Aruna Papp MA, ADR and her letter correcting the witness testimony to this fact.
The letter can be found on the National Network of Abortion Funds website, and on Medium.
Renee Bracey Sherman, Kristine A. Kippins, and Shivana Jorawar, co-authors of the letter, are available for interviews.
Broome County Arts Council and the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier present:
Downtown Binghamton Public Sculpture & Architecture
Guided Walking Tours ~FREE~ First Fridays, May-October 4pm & 6pm
Discover downtown Binghamton’s notable outdoor sculpture and beautiful historic architecture. You’ll hear about early and modern Binghamton as your guide shows you an enlightened city rich with artwork, theaters, businesses, and churches. Even locals are amazed and entertained by what they learn.
Tours begin at Kennedy Park with the Seven Seals of Silence (Henry Street/Chenango Street). The walk meanders through the most fascinating portions of one of the city’s historic districts, leading to three internationally proclaimed sculptures at Government Plaza on Hawley Street. Come and see!
Sculpture Outdoors in Broome County began in 2013 as a partnership between the Broome County Arts Council and Binghamton University’s Art History Professor Kevin Hatch. His students chose to research 14 often mysteriously unidentified public sculptures with major artistic and historic significance. The students’ research resulted in a catalog of public sculpture that can be found at www.broomearts.org/public-sculpture. This catalog will continue to grow, providing information for labels, which in most cases are not present on the sculptures.
The Broome County Arts Council has partnered with the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier (PAST), who has been offering architectural guided tours for over 10 years. The goal of this collaborative effort is to provide a memorable and historic walking tour of the fascinating sculpture and architecture in downtown Binghamton.
NOTE: A reading from this project will happen May 19th at 7 pm, the Cooperative Gallery's Third Thursday Art Discussion.
While we live in a world that produces material goods at an overwhelming rate, one thing that has not changed throughout history is the complexity of human relationship to the material world. In our increasingly consumerist culture we still assign value beyond the immediate function of objects, an act that plays a crucial role in constituting memory and identity. The moment we decide to keep a used train ticket or a postcard instead of throwing it away, or an old favorite chipped plate reimagined as a coin dish, we invest it with sentimental value that replaces its expired functionality. As such, preserved and repurposed objects become vessels for projections of childhood fantasies or the nostalgic longing of adults.
The Afterlife of Discarded Objects is a digital collective storytelling project that depends on public participation through sharing memories about playing with, collecting, preserving, or making art from what we might broadly label as trash, waste, or unwanted items. Using the Share Your Story button on the website, we invite you to contribute your own narratives as we seek to understand the ways diverse experiences contribute to the mosaic of our individual and collective histories. Together these stories will highlight the power of imagination to (re)create history and serve as testimony to the potential of material objects to shape our cultural landscape.
What we are looking for: nonfiction narratives, memoir, short stories, and poems. Your contribution can be as short or as long as you like - a brief recollection of a childhood moment or a lengthier piece of writing -- anything you wish to share. We especially welcome contributions that explore the topic from an environmental perspective, gender relations, race or class.
All submissions will be featured on an interactive map that links each story and storyteller to the particular place where the narrative is situated, inviting the on-looker to zoom out and observe social, political, and economic linkages between cultures. For example, some of the contributions already featured on the map include diverse memories from working-class Californian childhood in the 80s, to descriptions of the Soviet-time Ukrainian childhood games with medical waste, to memories of playing with potentially explosive garbage items in Kuwait after the 90s invasion. These narratives demonstrate the potential of the project to transcribe a web of oral histories that represent diverse experiences at the intersection of class, race, locations, and political regimes.
We invite your own contribution to this ongoing project. Thank you for taking part in this collective storytelling endeavor.
Andrei Guruianu and Natalia Andrievskikh