Present Futures library at Open Engagement: Justice in Chicago on April 22 and 23, 2017. The Present Futures library invites artists, administrator, and other cultural practitioners to contribute visuals, writing, research, and so forth, that considers artistic strategies for making change, from practical to experimental. The first iteration of this library will be presented in a gallery space at Open Engagement, while a digital version will exist on our website during, if not immediately following, the conference. We hope to have this library of resources grow throughout each project.
The Present Futures library in its physical iteration will encourage visitors to share, contribute, and even take resources as well as support programming that connects your contributions to a larger discourse around methodologies for self-preservation, self-determination, and collective organizing. The PF library is the focal point of our contribution to the confernece, which does not provide us with any funding or stipends. We also hope to provide a space for reflextion and exchange during the hecticness of the conference.
Panel Discussion: Co-operative vs. Co-opting
With Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Barbara Calderón, Natalia Linares and Tsige Tafesse
Moderated by Luna Olavarria Gallegos
“Co-operative vs. Co-opting”: A conversation around the complexities of creating, consuming and representing ourselves as creatives in a capitalist system rooted in exploitation. Is it possible to create a cooperative and sustainable creative ecosystem in today’s times, and if so, how? What are examples of tangible resistance, pre-existing and co-existing, that create necessary friction against destructive institutional paradigms? What are the alternatives to exploitative economies and how do we create lasting and realistic change?
ArtChangeUS REMAP: Detroit
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Moderator for "The Generosity of the Creative," a panel which will explore how artists are re-imagining cultural assets. This conversation will be in discussion with Hailma Cassells of the Detroit Free Market and Detroit hip hop artist Sterling Toles.
Radio Interview at Moore Gallery
Suhaly Bautista-Carolina and Kathy Cho discuss "Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One)” -- an exhibition and programatic project they helped organize this August at the Denny Gallery Pop-Up in New York.
Declaraciones: Words from the Diaspora
Word Up Bookstore
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY
A curated reading featuring AfroLatinx writers and poets, in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.We're starting a conversation on craft and heritage and ancestry, and how it informs the collective stories we tell; join us!
Dahlma Llanos Figueroa
Leadership Exchange: Arts Organizations & Community Organizers
New York, NY
Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Director of Programs, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Antonio Sergio Bessa, Director of Curatorial and Education Programs, Bronx Museum
Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, Laundromat Project
Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Programs & Community, Queens Museum
Nico Wheadon, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement, The Studio Museum in Harlem
AFROFUTURIST BOOK CLUB
Denny Gallery, 150 East Broadway
New York, NY
Founded in 2014, Black Magic is an Afrofuturism Book Club composed of womyn of the African Diaspora intended as a space to envision, imagine & create other possible futures. Join Black Magic for a reading & writing workshop that incorporates some of our favorite book club titles: “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler, “The Truth About Awiti” by C.P. Patrick and “Who fears death?” by Nnedi Okorafor. If you own any of these books, please bring them along with you.
Faciliated by Suhaly Bautista-Carloina, Director of Public Programs at the Caribbean Cultural Center; Community Relations Manager at the Brooklyn Museum
"Living in My Skin" Poetry Reading & Closing Reception
Rio Gallery III
New York, NY
University of Pennsylvania Festival LatinX 2016
Panelist "Minorities in the Media"