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A&C January Newsletter- Out!!!

Catch up on what’s happening! A&C Newsletter!!!!! Arts & Culture events, opportunities, news, and the Greenpoint Oil Spill.


This Friday, Jan 30 – An Evening with Poet Jan Clausen
& Musician John O’Connor

Our 4th Annual WORD bookstore event!

Come out this Friday, January 30 from 6:30–8:15 pm to WORD Bookstore and spend an evening with Poet Jan Clausen and Musician John O’Connor.

posted January 12, 2015


Join us on Friday, January 30 at 6:30 pm, as the Arts and Culture Committee sponsors our 4th collaboration with WORD Bookstore to present to you a reading by poet and writer, Jan Clausen,  reading from her new book: Veiled Spill: A Sequence.

We are delighted to have Professor Clausen back.  Back in January 2012, we had the honor to have Professor Jan Clausen participate in an event titled “The WORD On Peace” which was also held at WORD Bookstore. The event brought together artists, writers and musicians with the Greenpoint community – both those interested in peace and justice, and those interested in books and culture.

The event will feature Professor Clausen reading from her new book, Veiled Spill: A Sequence, and talking about her work as an artist and activist from the environmental movement to Occupy Wall Street; followed by a Q&A. Musician John O’Connor will also perform.

About Professor Jan Clausen
Jan Clausen has been a resident of Brooklyn since the 1970s, and is the author of a dozen books in a range of genres, including Veiled Spill: A Sequence, from GenPop Books (2014). Other recent poetry collections are From a Glass House and If You Like Difficulty. Prose titles include the story collection Mother, Sister, Daughter, Lover; the novels Sinking, Stealing and The Prosperine Papers; and the memoir Apples and Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity.

Clausen’s poetry and creative prose are widely published in journals and anthologies; her book reviews and literary journalism have appeared in Boston Review, Ms., The Nation, Poets & Writers, and The Women’s Review of Books.  Jan Clausen is the recipient of writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts  Jan has taught for many years in the undergraduate creative writing program at Eugene Lang College, the New School. Currently she teaches in the Goddard College MFA in Writing Program and at New York University.

About the Book
Poetry – Veiled Spill: A Sequence by Jan Clausen. Begun as a response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and European laws banning the full face veil. Veiled Spill unfolds a meditation on the links and gaps between interior glimpses and sprawling histories, between the beauty of the moment and the terror of the plot.


We will also excited to have  with us musician, poet and activist John O’Connor. He will be performing some songs from his CDs.

About John O’Connor

John O’Connor began his involvement in the labor movement right out of high school when he went to work in the factories of Waterloo, Iowa. An interest in folk music and Woody Guthrie led to a 30-year career as a folk singer and a cultural educator, performing in concerts, coffeehouses, schools and colleges, union education programs and political action events.

O’Connor began sending out his emotionally-charged poems in 1999 to the world of literary journals. Since then he has seen his work published in dozens of lit magazines, such as Indiana Review, Cold Mountain, Rattle, Sycamore Review, St. Ann’s Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature, MARGIE, DoubleTake and Baltimore Review. He has won the Associated Writer’s Program’s Prague Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

About WORD Bookstore

WORD is a neighborhood independent bookstores with locations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City. Read more

When: Friday, January 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm -8:15 pm

Where: WORD Bookstore,
126 Franklin Street, corner of Milton (near the Greenpoint Ave G train stop in Brooklyn).
Brooklyn, NY 11222
718-383-0096 •

There will be refreshments and snacks. Free and all are welcome.

Note: This event is not wheelchair accessible.

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NSA Listening Party! – Arts & Culture’s First CD!

That’s right! Arts & Culture recently release a compilation CD! NSA Listening Party! An art in the community project presented by Charity Case and Brooklyn For Peace.

1.nsa_COVER_440 This album was inspired by the Edward Snowden leaks. It features 14 wonderful artists, 12 who are based right here in Brooklyn.

The concept of the CD is around the idea that the NSA was or at least could be listening, so why not give them something to listen to. Let’s make it a party! Are they monitoring…our conversations, communications, locations, gyrations and good vibrations? Then turn up the monitor!!!!!

If you don’t have a copy, you need to get this Limited Edition now. There are a few ways you can do this.

Become a member of Brooklyn For Peace at the $30 level we will send you a copy or

Email us and for a small donation (suggested $2-5), we will send one to you. (In instructions to merchant box, indicate that this donation is for the CD). Click here to donate.

All proceeds support the peace and justice work of Brooklyn For Peace.

Featuring songs from:

charity case

(ft. moki marz)                chee malabar                 dave lippman

gio safari                           hollands                          irka mateo

joe phillips experience project      john munnelly         raram de ny

raya brass band               skidan                              spiritchild

veronica nunn                  zap zap 4 ever

with 3 new music videos from
Charity Case:

we don’t want to live (in a surveillance state)
the only one

Newsletter – Arts & Culture News September 2014

Some excerpts from our monthly newsletter! Read the entire newsletter here and subscribe to keep up to date on all that’s happening with our Arts & Culture Committee.

what arts & culture is up to

77226235-57f6-4ed6-b510-70b935714b77Emily Mendelsohn an A&C member who is currently working on a new project in her own words: “I’m pleased to announce the launch of my Hatchfund fundraising campaign in support of upcoming US/Ugandan exchange and theater performance, Maria Kizito. We will be partnering with ArtSpot Productions to finish developing Erik Ehn’s play in New Orleans, performing November 14-16 and 21-23.


‘She’s a Palestinian’ is a collaboration between A&C member Charity Case and a myriad of photographers who made a music video for the song possible. Hundreds of pictures of protests and demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine.

Scheduled to be released in October, our compilation album is called NSA Listening Party and was conceived of and some of the songs composed in response to the Edward Snowden leaks and the culture of surveillance.

Look for our announcement of the release soon!

local news and A&C artists

Extreme Whether will run October 2-26 at Theater for the New City, along with a full Festival of Conscience. The play was written by Karen Maplede and produced by Theater Three Collaborative. A&C helped promote TTC’s last production, Another Life, and Malpede was a panelist in A&C Arts & Activism Forum 2013.

NYCity Council is considering a resolution supporting the union campaign to provide pension benefits for jazz musicians in the city’s major jazz clubs. Check out the campaign and sign the petition!

A&C favorite Gio Safari has just released Gio Safari Does NYC, self-described as being ‘the product of his struggle to make a name for himself and his work in the heart of empire.’ GS has a song on A&C upcoming compilation NSA Listening Party.

Another contributor to the A&C compilation, Irka Mateo, has released Vamo A Goza, a new single from her upcoming album. So good.

a&c news and beyond

Organic for the People is Al-Jazeera’s article about the farming project at United Community Centers, which A&C and BFP have worked with in the past. Good reading.

There’s so much more…..Get it all, read it all here!

she’s a palestinian – music & pictures in solidarity with palestine

anna calcutt
andrew courtney
bud korotzer
stacy lanyon
sainatee suarez
len tsou

song: she’s a palestinian
music by: charity case
inspired in part by: the palestinian people

thanks to Adalah-NY & photographers

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