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The Brooklyn Commune

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The Brooklyn Commune is a collaborative public visioning project to investigate the economics of cultural production in the United States and propose sustainable economic models for artists, independent producers and the system as a whole.

Projects of this kind are usually funder or institution driven, now it is time for the people outside the institutions to develop a platform and vision for the future of the performing arts in America. It all begins March 24, 2013 at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn.

We will kick things off with a presentation by NYU professor Randy Martin on the financialization of American life and artistic citizenship. Then we'll have Cynthia Hopkins doing a real-life pre-tax time accounting consultation with Danielle Hlatky of accounting firm Pipia Cohen Hlatky! This will be followed by an Open Space session modeled on Improbable's UK-based recurring gathering called Devoted & Disgruntled.

Think ahead and come prepared to bring your ideas to the metaphorical table. We will examine common assumptions about capital, class, labor and value and how these affect aesthetics as part of a process of reimagining the way performance is framed, created, valued and distributed in the 21st century. We all know the problems, let's start envisioning solutions!!

1. Doors are at 1:30PM
2. Bring a pen & notepad or laptop to take notes
3. Bring water and snacks
4. Bring cameras, phones, digital recording devices, etc.
4. Twitter: #BrooklynCommune

March 24th is the first of four public convenings over the next 8 months culminating in a weekend-long congress in late October or early November to develop an artist-driven platform and vision for the future of the performing arts and share it with our colleagues - hopefully at APAP in January.