Workshops Series

A Series of Workshops on Social Practice
Presented by Public Project at pratt
Winter 2012

Christopher Robbins
Going Guerilla Green
Tuesday, March 6, 6PM – 8PM Guerilla Green
This workshop focuses on going Guerilla Green – ways to force the issue
without waiting for the people in charge to catch up. We’ll look at
examples of existing guerilla green initiatives with a critical eye,
breaking down the techniques and strategies being utilized. After pulling
back to discuss strategies for working with different communities (both
for and against the work you are proposing), we’ll end with a mapping
exercise to identify local opportunities for Guerrilla Green initiatives.

Caroline Woolard
Solidarity Economics (facilitated by SolidarityNYC)
Thursday, May 3, 6PM-8PM
A Workshop About In this workshop, we will discuss the implications of “solidarity” in “economics.” We will talk about the ways in which we each produce, exchange, and distribute values, and then work in break-out groups to identify the spaces of hope and creation that surround us.

Solidarity Economics is about grassroots economic justice. We use the term solidarity economics because economía solidaria is familiar to many people in the global south and across Canada, especially in Quebec (économie solidaire). We want to demonstrate solidarity with this work in the United States. Solidarity Economics is both a process of working together to meet our needs, and a framework for viewing and evaluating alternative economic practices. In solidarity economies, people advance values of cooperation, democracy, justice, and environmental sustainability while exchanging goods, services, and knowledge.

Amy Whitaker
April 5 or 19 6-8
Business as an Ethical and Creative Practice


Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy cusp of public art and
community action, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of
strangers. He uses heavy material demands and a carefully twisted
work-process to craft awkwardly intimate social collaborations.

He built his own hut out of mud and sticks and lived in it while serving
as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, spoke at a United
Nations conference about his cross-cultural digital arts and education
work in the South Pacific, and has lived and worked in London, Tokyo, West
Africa, the Fiji Islands, and former Yugoslavia. He is on the sculpture
faculty at Purchase College SUNY.

Caroline Woolard is a co-founder of Our Goods a community of artists, designers, and cultural producers who want to barter skills, spaces, and objects. OurGoods supports the production of new work through barter, because resource sharing is the paradigm of the 21st century. OurGoods is a scaleable, local initiative and part of the growing landscape of alternative models of exchange in art, design, and culture. OurGoods is specifically dedicated to the barter of creative skills, spaces, and objects. It is a community of cultural producers matching “needs” to offered “haves”. OurGoods helps independent projects get done. She is also a co-founder of Trade School. What is Trade School and how did it start? It all started because three of the five co-founders of OurGoods (Louise Ma, Rich Watts, Caroline Woolard) were given an opportunity to work with GrandOpening, and we had a wild brainstorm session about many possible barter storefronts. We decided that “barter for instruction” had a lot of potential. So, from February 25th to March 1st, 2010, we ran Trade School at GrandOpening in the Lower East Side. Over the course of 35 days, more than 800 people participated in 76 single session classes. Classes ran for 1, 2, or 3 hours and ranged from scrabble strategy to composting, from grant writing to ghost hunting. In exchange for instruction, teachers received everything from running shoes to mixed CDs, from letters to a stranger to cheddar cheese.

Amy Whitaker teaches and writes about the intersection of art, business, and everyday life. A member of Art Business Faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute, she has also taught courses in economics and entrepreneurship at RISD, California College of the Arts, Williams College, and Trade School, and lectured widely on art museums, creativity, and business principles. She has worked in museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tate, as well as for the artist Jenny Holzer and the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P. Amy is the author of Museum Legs, an essay collection about the creative life of museums and the public life of art. Museum Legs was selected by the Authors@Google program, recommended by the Association of Art Museum Directors, and assigned as the first year summer reading book at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. Currently a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, she is at work on a new book.