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The testourmonials Project

The Testourmonials Project is an ongoing series of performances, exhibitions, conversations and participatory workshops
geared to encourage discussion, organization, and mobilized actions for the sake of housing and social  justice.

Each event will provide community-oriented solutions for issues presented in the art and/or conversations of participants.

The Testourmonials Project aims to empower the hidden and inspire support for all peoples afflicted by gentrification and mobility against oppressive forces working to erase the legacy of Black & Brown communities who gardened the streets and culture of this ever-gentrifying New York City.

Goals: 
1. To plan, curate, and host an ongoing series of performances, exhibitions, conversations and participatory workshops geared to encourage discussion, organization, and mobilized actions for the sake of housing and social justice issues attendants are facing.

2. To provide platforms for marginalized artists, activists, and organizers to present information, workshops, actions, and ongoing projects that combat negative effects of gentrification and racist/classist/culturally-negligent New York City planning.

3. To build bridges between community members of varying ages, cultures, and socio economic backgrounds.

4. To build bridges between arts and community organizations across New York City and the United States of America for cross-pollination of communication, ideas, plans, actions, and events.

5. To preserve the diverse cultures, history, and rights of peoples who gardened New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods to live and work in.

Writing On It All

The Testourmonials Project collaborates with Writing On It All to host a series of self-led activities on the walls of Nola Park - HOUSE 11 on Governor's Island.  Activities displayed are geared to encourage discussion,  organization,  and mobilized actions for the sake of housing and social justice.

The Testourmonials Project provides platforms for attendants to feel empowered to offer community-led solutions; testify experiences;  provide insight;  share knowledge;  and present information on ongoing projects that combat negative effects of gentrification and racist/classist/culturally-negligent New York City planning.

The Testourmonials Project aims to empower the hidden and inspire support for all peoples afflicted by gentrification and mobility against oppressive forces working to erase the legacy of Black & Brown communities who gardened the streets and culture of this ever-gentrifying New York City.

Date & Location

Saturday 24 June 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm, HOUSE 11

Nola Park, Gov Island NY 10004
4 5 6 to Bowling Green, then walk to Governor's Island Ferry

Ferry Schedule Link


Testourmonials of
The Great Turning

Through self-recognition in a mapping activity titled "Standing In My Truth", I actively engaged attendants of The Blaktinx Queer Performance series at BAAD! in a performance that demands awareness of one’s connection to New York City, communities experiencing gentrification, apathy, action, accountability, and community. This performance is geared for all attendants of Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, new and avid supporters.

Commissioned by the co-editors of Blacktino Queer Performance, E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera are professors of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.  

Date & Location

Saturday 27 May 2017
8:00pm-9:30pm, Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance

2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx NY 10461
6 to Zerega


Testourmonials of an ExploiNation
 

The audience is the focal point of this “solo” presented by Anthony Rosado. Through participatory activities and self-recognition, performance will return to its healing capabilities.

If art is to be a reflection of society, then join me as I actively engage attendants of this series at Judson Church in a performance that demands awareness of one’s connection to New York City, communities experiencing gentrification, apathy, action, and accountability.

This performance is geared for all attendants of the free and ongoing Movement Research’s Open Performance series, new and avid supporters.

Date & Location

Monday 27 March 2017
8:00pm-9:30pm, Judson Church

243 Thompson Street, New York NY 10012
A C E B D F M to West 4th Street

Photography by Feng Jiang

Photography by Feng Jiang


Legends, Statements, and Stars:

Testourmonials of an
ExploiNation

I will be curating the opening night of this three night performance series,  curated by Banjela Davis at JACK Theatre from December 15 to 18 2016.

Banjela has invited one curator per night to invite artists that will present performances in honor of we Legends, Statements, and Stars who triumph over obstacles as we fight for the rights of we who are oppressed by heteronormative, patriarchal, classist, racist, and sexist systems everpresent in our United States of American legislative and economic spheres. 

Artists

Angela Fatou Gittens
Performance Artivist, Executive Artistic Director of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy

Billy Lytle
Rapper, Performance Artist

Brother(hood) Dance
Founders: Orlando Hunter and Ricarrdo Valentine
Performance Artivists

Date & Location

Friday 15 December 2016
8:00pm-9:30pm, JACK

505 1/2 Waverly Place, b/t Fulton & Atlantic
C to Clinton-Washington


Why Testourmonials?

Since my body’s biology is a product of my ancestors’ relationships with land, community, oppression, and revolutionary resistance, so are all of our bodies. We are connected to our ancestors in ways obvious only to we who critically look back in order to move forward.

Testourmonials is performance of collective stories told through lip syncing and dance. It is ventilation, for we who perform to express our deepest rage and pride while relaying stories of struggle and triumph.

What began as a choreographic exploration of intergenerational trauma present in my body grew into a series culminated to provide space for marginalized artists and grassroots organizers to testify struggles and triumphs of our communities and ancestors.

My body tells Mystory, Ourstory, and Hirstory via storytelling, movement, and the visible features of my tangible body. My body relays my family’s hirstory, my nowstory, and ourstory. My family’s hirstory is linked to stories of Boricua families who were stolen/fled/moved to the United States during and post-colonialism. My nowstory mirrors those of Latinx millennials pulled between upward mobility and survivor’s guilt. Ourstory relays the facts: Black and Brown struggle and revolution against non-white centered displacement,

harassment, oppression, exotification, cultural erasure, and exploitation.

We Honor our Revolutionary Ancestors of Color, for they demolished much of colonialism’s concrete and allowed us to walk along paths of rich soil.

Testourmonials is a fifteen minute dance theatre performance presented by Anthonywash.Rosado, Anthony Prince Leslie, and Amanda Morell.

Themes of capitalist cult leadership, systematic POC genocide, and self love are ventilated through three songs, whose messages deeply inspired the choreography by Anthonywash.Rosado.

Music, Videography, & Editing: STEFA*  


GentrifiConversation
Acknowledging
Complicity:

Actions to Mend & End
Arts-Induced Mass Displacement of
Black & Brown Low Income Families

On October the Ninth core member of Arts in Bushwick Anthony Rosado will present a panel discussion circulating themes of arts-induced mass displacement in Bushwick. The panel discussion is moderated by Pati Rodriguez of Mi Casa No Es Su Casa.

Attendants are encouraged to sit in the round, with panelists dispersed amongst the audience. The panelists are Jazo Brooklyn of Bushwick Vendors Market & Educated Little Monsters/Monsters of Brooklyn, Imani Henry of Equality 4 Flatbush, Will Giron of Derecho A Techo, and Tom Angotti of NY For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate.

This is an open conversation, attendants are encouraged to ask questions and provide insight. We together make the space safe for conversation. This is a space for freedom of passionate speech and strong feelings and discomfort.

Please join us in a conversation hosted in light of Art’s in Bushwick’s newest core members, whom will work diligently to fulfill our mission statement: to support the representation, exposure, and support for marginalized art communities in Bushwick.

 

Date & Location

David & Schweitzer Gallery
56 Bogart St, BK NY 11206
Sunday 9 October 2016
3 to 4pm, FREE
L to Morgan Avenue


Testourmonials of a
GentrifiNation

On October the first 2016 core member of Arts in Bushwick Anthony Rosado will present a performance series, titled Testourmonials of a GentrifiNation. The series will open at 4:10pm with a dance theatre performance choreographed by Anthony Rosado, titled Testourmonials, featuring Anthony Prince Leslie and Amanda Morell.

Following this performance, there will be four presentations on gentrification. Amanda Morell, Johari Mayfield, DaDa Coz, and Anthony Prince Leslie will each present a five minute performance.

Jazo Brooklyn’s youth group Monsters of Brooklyn will close out the event. The Finale will consist of mingling time and art viewing as MOB’s 9 year old DJ freestyles her set.

MOB will close the event, giving thanks to the host and organizers.

Mics donated by We Make Noise.

Link to Video Coverage by Native Brooklyn Latina
News Reporter, Jeanine Ramirez

 

Date & Location

Testourmonials of a GentrifiNation
Performance Series

Saturday 1 October 2016
4-5:30pm, Starr Bar

214 Starr b/t Irving & Wyckoff
L to Jefferson Street


I have curated an anthology to be published in the Arts in Bushwick book, to be released Friday 30 September 2016 during Bushwick Open Studios 2016 Seeking Space Exhibition.  Native and gentrifying residents of gentrified neighborhoods of the wealthiest real estate market in the world reflect on displacement and community building. 

Collaborators:

Tom Angotti
Daniell De Jesus
Robin Grearson
Bianca Perez
Lauren Raheja
Meg Sullivan
Cynthia Tobar


PROGRESS

Performances and installations reflecting on progress through the lens of gentrification. Critically look back in order to move forward.

Mckenzie Angelo Seecharan and I Native Brooklynites who have been fighting against negative effects of gentrification via curated arts events and series for years. This March we will be presenting a three week long series, titled 'Progress'.

 

Opening | Past
Date: 3.5.2016

Closing | Future
Date: 3.18.2016

Live Installation and Gallery opens at 1.
Performances: 6 - 9
Multimedia Performances and Installations by:

McKenzie Angelo
Anthony Rosado
Chazz Giovanni Bruce
Wayne Arthur Paul
Jonathan Gonzalez


Sound Design:
Lamar Stephens



 

 

 

Sharing | Present
Date: 3.12.2016
Time: 1 - 4pm


This is a town meeting and art share for organizations, tenant councils,  native residents, and PoC (Persons of Color) identified artists who currently engaged in the fight against displacement and racial and economic inequality. This is a space for healing through storytelling.

Location:
FiveMyles
558 St. John's Place
Crown Heights, BK
(2/3/4/5/S: Franklin)
(Press Release Link Here)

Curation by:
Anthony Rosado
Mckenzie Angelo

BRIC TV x BAN

The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrifcation Network is a Brooklyn-based coalition that binds community organizations and Brooklyn residents to "create a grassroots movement and campaign to prevent the displacement of low-to-middle income people, elders, families and mom-and-pop businesses from Brooklyn." 

LINKS: Alicia Boyd - founder of Movement to Protect the People and organizer at the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network
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This video is from BRIC TV— the first 24/7 television channel created by, for, and about Brooklyn. It is the borough's source for local news, Brooklyn culture, civic affairs, music, arts, sports, and technology. BRIC TV features programming produced and curated by BRIC, an arts and media nonprofit located in Downtown Brooklyn, NYC.


Cities for People,
Not for Profit!

" 'Cities for People, Not for Profit': Gentrification and Housing Activism in Bushwick is an oral history project tracing the history of ongoing gentrification and subsequent fight for affordable housing in Bushwick, Brooklyn from the perspective of artists, activists, and community residents. Oral history can be used as an entry point to explore what Henri Lefebvre famously termed the citizen’s “right to the city” and to explore how these narratives can respond to rampant real estate growth and housing policy.

The goal is to have these stories posted online alongside informative tools and resources to help activate the community, such as alternative housing strategies, locating activist organizations and fair housing efforts in the area. Ultimately, we want to seek effective ways to empower urban residents to contribute to greater urban democracy, using these stories to underscore the urgent need for politics in this city to prioritize housing that corresponds to the human social needs of the people of this city rather than to the capitalist profit-driven economy of the elite few.

This will help ignite relationships amongst urban historians, policymakers and community activists, with the various groups being affected by gentrification in Bushwick in order to participate in real solutions with the community’s best interest in mind."

-Cynthia Tobar, Founder of Cities for People, Not for Profit!


IThou Art & Rush Arts presents:
Exchange

Join us for a unique group exhibition of new work by twelve contemporary artists, including my Testourmonials of a GentrifiNation installation. Each artist brings with them their own radically different perspective, and their own personal experience of gentrification. Through sharing their experience we create a space for conversation and engagement around this topic. 

Each day, the exhibit is accompanied by programming designed to encourage a dialogue for solutions, solidarity, community, and inclusion around the phenomenon of gentrification.

For more information on programming times and topics please visit; www.ithouart.com/exchange

Date & Location

Thursday 15 December 2016
7:30pm-9:00pm, Rush Arts Gallery

526 West 26th Street
1, C, or E to 23rd Street

Un Dia: Canvas, Black Duct Tape, Found Magazines, Moo Podge
12'W x 15"L, 2014 - Anthony Rosado

GentrifiConversation Acknowledging Artwashing

This open conversation will happen in a circle format. Between questions asked to panelists, attendants are encouraged to ask questions and provide testimonies.  The event is geared toward art world professionals and artists, and designed to illuminate and reveal the strategic ways that the arts are used (willingly and unwillingly) to drive mass displacement and gentrification. 

Moderator:

Anthony Rosado of The Testourmonials Project

Panelists:

Chelsea Gregory
The Art of Solidarity

Raquel Namuche
Ridgewood Tenants Union
Queens Is Not For Sale

Aniela Coveleski
Arts in Bushwick

Date & Location

Saturday 17 December 2016
4:00pm-6:00pm, Rush Arts Gallery

526 West 26th Street
1, C, or E to 23rd Street


DeColonize This Place presents
The Art of Solidarity

Please join Artists Space and Decolonize This Place for the second in a series of discussions bringing together local residents, artists, activists and organizers for a candid dialogue on the role of artists within gentrification in New York City.

Shellyne Rodriguez, Take Back the Bronx
Alicia Grullon, Mothers On The Move
Pati Ankalli Rodriguez, Mi Casa No Es Su Casa
Anthony Rosado, Bushwick Artivist
Raquel Namuche, Queens is Not For Sale
Chino Mayday, NYC Is Not For Sale*
Sandra de la Loza, North East Alliance (LA)
Nancy Meza, Defend Boyle Heights (LA)
Samuel Stein, adjunct at CUNY Graduate Center

Respondents:
Michael Higgins, Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network
Picture The Homeless
Martha Rosler, artist

Date & Location

Saturday 29 October 2016
7:00pm-9:00pm, The Artists Space

55 Walker Street
J to Canal Street


GentrifiConversation
Acknowledging
Support

As part of The Testourmonials Project, our next GentrifiConversation will be acknowledging support. As marginalized communities are receiving support from ongoing projects and organizations, aid from allies will foster the sustainability of the communities we love to live in. We invite you to learn about and of a cross-borough project that deserves your support. 

The panelists are Bruno Daniel, Sarah Quinter, and Pati Ankalli of Mi Casa No Es Su Casa: Illumination Against Gentrification

Following the screening of a documentary relaying the installation process and testimonials from home owners and renters, we will have an open conversation. Attendants are encouraged to ask questions and provide insight. We together make the space safe for conversation. This is a space for freedom of passionate speech and strong feelings and discomfort. 

**SUGGESTED DONATION**
5$ - Proceeds will go to the Mi Casa No Es Su Casa GoFundMe Account:

http://gofundme.com/mi-casa-no-es-su-casa

Date & Location

Friday 2 November 2016
8:00pm-4:00am, Starr Bar

214 Starr b/t Irving & Wyckoff
L to Jefferson Street
 

Documentary Screening & GentrifiConversation
 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Celebration of Resistance Open Mic
10:00pm - 11:30pm

Celebration of Resistance Turn Up featuring:

DJ Sauce Jay Anthony
11:30pm - 1:00am

DJ Bembona Xiomara Marie
1:00am - 2:30am

Photograph: Jose Tlaxcaltecati

Flyer Design by Jesse Villafuerte

Flyer Design by Jesse Villafuerte


Bushwick Open Studios 2016

Arts In Bushwick is looking forward to an exciting and eventful 2016. 

The 10th Annual Bushwick Open Studios will be held October 1-2, 2016. In addition, Arts In Bushwick will be producing a Community Art Day on June 4 2016.

For our 10th anniversary, we are re-branding and refocusing on what makes us strong as a community. And we need your help! Please join us for a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday Mar 30 at 7p. We will be meeting one another, answering questions, taking suggestions, signing up volunteers, and discussing registration for BOS 2016.

Arts In Bushwick Town Hall Meeting: BOS 2016
Wednesday 30 March 2016, 7:00 pm
Mayday Community Space
176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn NY



Occurrence (Schaefer St)
dir. by Melanie Gonzalez


Occurrence (flux)
dir. by Melanie Gonzalez


OMIT MAGAZINE

Editor for OMIT Magazine, Founded by Timothy Rosado & Edwin Pierrot of OMIT Management

Photography by Timothy Rosado