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Urban Practice Community Partners 2019

Community Partners for the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice, 2018-2019 

Below is a list of community partners that are willing to host a fellow in summer 2019. Please select the community partner that interests you most and tailor your research statement as if you were applying directly to that organization. Your statement should demonstrate that you have researched the organization, and that your skill-set and willingness to commit to the project aligns with the organization’s work and mission, as well as any additional description included below.  NOTE: You should not contact the community partner directly.

 

Madrid, Spain

SEDOAC – SEDOAC (Servicio Doméstico Activo) is a cooperative organization of domestic workers in Madrid.  Most members are immigrant women from Latin America.  SEDOAC advocates for the rights and protections of this population, which faces precarious living and working conditions, racism, and political invisibility.  Fellows will work with SEDOAC to build its campaigns on behalf of Spain's domestic workers and may support the organization through the following projects: web site development and training, translation (Spanish-English) and report writing, interviews with members to help build an archive, and outreach within Madrid and to other domestic workers' organizations worldwide.

Paisaje Transversal – Paisaje Transversal's motto is "Doing Cities with People". The Madrid-based Office of Urban Innovation works to strengthen community participation in urban planning and land use decisions.  Much of its work focuses on neighborhood regeneration and design for public space. Paisaje has a multidisciplinary approach to urban projects, integrating social, economical, environmental, and design perspectives simultaneously. Fellows will work with the organization to research new methodologies & tools for collective city transformation.

Imagina Madrid – Imagina Madrid is a program promoted by the Madrid City Council's Department of Culture.  It is committed to exploring new forms of intervention in public space that are inspired by innovative cultural production, environmental sustainability and social urbanism. Through collective and imaginative processes that include ordinary Madrilenos and artists, Imagina Madrid aims to transform the city’s public space in a way that is meaningful to all of the city's inhabitants.  Currently, Imagina is working on the recovery of nine abandoned or disused spaces. Fellows will carry out direct practice on concrete projects, putting into action not only their academic skills, but also developing their competences in teamwork, conflict resolution, communication with different stakeholders, and collective creativity.

 

New York, New York

African Communities Together – African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and back in Africa. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically. We connect African immigrants to critical services, help Africans develop as leaders, and organize our communities on the issues that matter. We are seeking a fellow to work on a project about the history of our members and African immigrant communities in New York, particularly in Harlem. The project will involve a range of methods, potentially including historical research, oral history, demographic data, and participatory research/popular education. Fluency in French or African languages and experience with West African cultures is a plus.

Bronx Music Heritage Center – The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) celebrates the rich history and creative spirit that defines Bronx music, from jazz, salsa, R&B and hip hop to new sounds coming to life across the borough. Founded by the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco), the BMHC is committed to preserving and promoting Bronx music, cultivating Bronx artists, spurring neighborhood revival, and providing free and low cost cultural programs for the community. Our permanent home, the Bronx Music Hall (BMH), will open in the spring of 2020.  Our fellow would conduct fieldwork in new and emerging communities in Melrose, the neighborhood adjacent to the BMH, to collect interviews and oral histories from musicians and other community members, who are involved in cultural programming and traditions; as well as organizations who serve the new communities.  The BMHC's mission is to present the music and art that reflect the Bronx's entirety, so in-depth fieldwork documenting the newly settled groups including Yemeni, Bangladeshi and African (Gambian, Nigerianm Ghanaian) communities in that neighborhood and its environs.

City Lore – Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. We document, present, and advocate for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. We see ourselves as furthering cultural equity and modeling a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself. The range of potential projects in summer 2019 include additions and upgrades to Place Matters, programming support, and research on citywide preservation initiatives.

WHEDco – The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a non-profit community development organization in the Bronx, NY founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when our buildings are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity. In summer 2019, our fellow will help channel existing and new data into an equitable development plan that helps ensure that the needs and opportunities of 60,000 lower income residents and small businesses around Southern Boulevard inform the New York City Department of City Planning’s massive neighborhood study of the area, and that these vulnerable but determined New Yorkers benefit from and are not displaced by any potential city rezoning of the area.

Right To The City (RTTC) – RTTC is a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations headquartered in Brooklyn.  RTTC emerged in 2007 as a unified response to gentrification and a call to halt the displacement of low-income people, people of color, marginalized LGBTQ communities, and youths of color from their historic urban neighborhoods.RTTC seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and more.  Fellows will collaborate with RTTC staff to conduct research on the history and impact of "mixed-income" housing and zoning strategies.  The research may consist of expert-interviews, literature review, primary and secondary data analysis, as well as community-based research.  The product of the research will be in the form of a web resource for housing advocates and activists.

The Loisaida Center – Loisaida, Inc. began as a grassroots movement in the Lower East Side led by Puerto Rican/Hispanic residents in the mid 1970’s to combat the effects of rampant violence, drugs, gangs, and poverty facing our children, youth and families. Loisaida, in its evolved mission, now fills the significant gap as one of the only Puerto Rican/Latino based organizations that remain in the Lower East Side and in Lower Manhattan. Loisaida aspires to build a connection between community, learners, and scholars through affordable programs and initiatives in arts and cultural fields, design, and everyday life. Devoted to collaborative art practices, social engagement, and community-building through culture, our approach celebrates the urban surroundings, grassroots invention, and the immigrant spirit of the Loisaida neighborhood in its dedication to celebrate Latino cultural vitality and contribution to NYC. Some of our successful, year-round programs include the Artistic Residency Program, the Loisaida Festival, Original and Presenting Exhibits, and more. 2019 Summer Urban Practice Fellows would work closely with Loisaida's staff across these initiatives, and lead the annual production of The Quality of Life in Loisaida / Calidad de Vida en Loisaida––a publication first launched out of the beloved community center, CHARAS/El Bohio in 1979 and went out of print in 1992. [Please note that fellows working with The Loisaida Center will be required to provide confirmation of updated vaccinations and undergo a drug test.]

 

Chicago, Illinois

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) –  PRCC is an activist-oriented, community-based organization in the Humboldt Park area. Founded in 1973, in the wake of an urban riot, the PRCC has grown to house numerous programs and projects, including, among others, an HIV and STD education and prevention center, a bilingual-bicultural daycare, an alternative high school, a young women’s literacy program, a community library and information center, an obesity prevention program. The organization has expressed a longstanding commitment to Puerto Rican self-determination and barrio autonomy. The PRCC, in collaboration with local scholars, has recently launched an archival project. Serving as the pilot collection of broader community archive on Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, the PRCC seeks to digitize its materials, begin conducting oral history interviews, and write grants throughout the Summer of 2019.  

Centro Autonomo de Albany Park – The Centro Autonomo de Albany Park is located in Albany Park, Chicago, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country. The Centro opened its doors in September of 2006 to create a space that constructs community, builds political consciousness, and unites people in and around the Latinx immigrant struggle. Through decisions made in asambleas the Centro Autonomo has initiated many programs, including ESOL, cooperatives, youth art programs, women’s groups, and, currently, anti-eviction activism. The Centro is currently organizing a community land trust initiative.

 

Jackson, Mississippi

Cooperation Jackson – Cooperation Jackson is an emerging network of cooperative enterprises and supporting institutions based in Jackson, Mississippi. The broad mission of Cooperation Jackson is to advance the development of economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi and beyond by building a solidarity economy anchored by a network of worker cooperatives and other types of worker owned and democratically self-managed enterprises. Cooperation Jackson will be undertaking two interconnected major projects in 2019 that Fellows will support. The first project is helping to build out and develop our Community Production Center. The second project is the development of our inaugural EcoVillage. The Community Production Center is our digital fabrication laboratory, i.e. Fab Lab, and small scale manufacturing center. Fellows will help the worker owners of the Community Production Cooperative further develop their operating systems, aid in some of the major summer production initiatives of the cooperative, and engage in skill sharing with the members of the cooperative and the Jackson community at large.The Amandla EcoVillage will create a new model of deeply affordable, ecologically sustainable housing that will provide several integrated live-work features that will enable a higher quality of life for working class Jacksonians. Fellows will be supporting this project by helping us with various mapping and design operations, supporting the physical construction, and supporting various aspects of the permacultural implementation.

 

Berlin, Germany

EOTO (Each One, Teach One) – Each One Teach One (EOTO) eV is a community-based education and empowerment project in Berlin. Founded in 2012, the association opened its doors in March 2014 as a neighborhood library and has since become a place of learning and encounter. EOTO eV works together with other organizations for the interests of Black, African and Afrodiasporic people in Germany and Europe. Applicants who identify as Black or as a member of the African diaspora are strongly preferred. We are seeking a fellow to work on a project about the history of African immigrant communities in Berlin, particularly in the neighborhood of Berlin-Wedding. The project will involve a range of methods, potentially including historical research, oral history, demographic data, and participatory research/popular education. Knowledge of German, French and/or African languages welcome. Active participation in the execution of cultural/political EOTO events i.e. the AFROLUTION 2019 or the EOTO "Who's in Town-Series" are required.