Below is a list of community partners that are willing to host a fellow in summer 2020. 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.
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.
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 2020, our fellow will support advocacy, community engagement and technical assistance to implement a plan for a more equitable neighborhood for tens of thousands of lower income residents and small businesses around Southern Boulevard, at risk of displacement by a potential NYC Department of City Planning rezoning of the area. The fellow may also support cultural activities related to WHEDco’s new affordable development and Bronx Music Hall cultural facility in Melrose.
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 housing and land justice, cross-sector movement building, and grassroots-led development. The product of the research will be in the form of a 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.]
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) – PRCC is a community-based organization in Chicago’s 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. Most recently, the PRCC has joined a group of local scholars in launching the Puerto Rican Chicago Archive Project. Although still in its infancy, the archival project will begin to digitize key materials, conduct oral history interviews, and kick-off a collective memory initiative during Summer 2020. Organizers hope to increase awareness about the project and the importance of preserving individual and community history in the face of gentrification.
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.
EOTO (Each One, Teach One) – EOTO is a Black community center focused on education, empowerment, and social justice, as well as arts & culture 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 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 encouraged to apply.
We are seeking a fellow to work on either a project about Black German (anti-colonial/decolonial) history or the Black presence in the cityscape of Berlin (Wedding) or the history of African immigrant communities in Berlin (Wedding). The project can 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. Furthermore, we offer active participation in the planning and execution of cultural/political events at EOTO i.e. the AFROLUTION 2020 literature festival.