organizing and activism

I’ve done activism and organizing for social justice actions for more than a decade. While I love being on the streets and in actions, I know that each hour there represents dozens more on the back end. The back end–event planning, volunteer organizing, social media campaigns, and project manager–is where I thrive. (Yes,  I have joked that google docs is my native land.)

I’ve worked in feminist action, cultural/arts organizing for social justice action, music organizing and concert production, labor organizing and solidarity action, grassroots disaster relief, climate action, and economic reform movements.

I’m proud to be a leftie, and I’m ready to win.

 

PAST PROJECTS

 

Co-Creator/Moderator
Girl Group listserv

The Girl Group was created as a forum to talk about the challenges of writing, editing and general career advancement as a woman working in the arts media. It hopes to offer thoughtful advice and support for the furthering of women who already are or would like to become professional music writers, and to as serve as a space to critique current writing and music trends.

Counselor and Bass instructor, 2010

Rock Camp pro holky, Tabor (CZ)

I was happy to help with the inaugeral Rock Camp for Girls in Tabor, CZ as run by the alternative culture organization/space CESTA and Debbie Gordon and in association with the Rock Camp for Girls Alliance. In 2011 the camp is likely to include both Tabor and Prague locations.

Rock Camp Pro Holky July 2010 (going to stage)

Counselor 2007
Workshop co-teacher with Dr. Daphne Brooks, Women Who Rock! 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Bass instructor 2008, 2009, 2010
Advisory board member 2008, 2009, 2010

Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls
(Brooklyn, NY)
Founded in 2004, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit summer
day camp serving girls aged 8-18 in New York City. The program offers
girls the chance to learn how to play musical instruments, write songs,
perform, learn about different types of music, and generally “rock out”
in a supportive environment that fosters self-confidence, self-esteem,
creativity, tolerance, and collaboration.

Daphne at Rock Camp 2008, photo by Emily August

Volunteer, East River Music Project (ERMP)
The East River Music Project is a group of people dedicated to putting
on free summer concerts of local music at the East River Amphitheater.

Volunteer, Tamizdat CZ
Tamizdat is a nonprofit organization that is committed to fostering the free exchange of information and ideas between artists, audiences, and industry. Tamizdat works to build international communities by bridging the cultural and economic gaps that separate American and Western Europe from Central and Eastern Europe. To do this, Tamizdat has created an interlocking program of projects aimed at providing the foundations and the framework for cultural cross-pollination between artists, music industry personnel, and most importantly, between audiences everywhere.

Curator/Photographer: Neon: The Light of the Wildwoods, 2007
The George F. Boyer Museum
Wildwood, NJ

From July 2007-October 2007 The George F. Boyer Museum in Wildwood,
NJ had an exhibit I curated that contained original photography and
text about the post-World War II history of neon and neon sign-making
in the Wildwoods.

writing and editing

I’m a veteran editor and writer who has covered the intersections of music, feminism, politics, and culture for more than 15 years.

I’ve done so as an award winning arts writer whose work has appeared dozens of publications, several anthologies, and a National Book Award-finalist collection, Out of the Vinyl Deeps.

I’ve also served as a managing editor for a book series (Best Music Writing) and an academic journal (Current Musicology), and section editor for an independent bi-monthly magazine (Stop Smiling).

I’ve also had a busy and successful career editing work for others, be it academic, creative, or technical writing.

plur exhibit

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In Spring 2015, I curated a special exhibit at the Museum at Bethel Woods: Peace, Love, Unity, Respect: The Rise of Electronic Music Culture in America.

This 2,000 sq foot exhibit focused on the history, aesthetics, and communities that fostered electronic dance music in America. With music, lights, interactive festival artworks, costumes, and artifacts from disco, rave, club, and electronic music culture, the exhibit was a trip through 35+ years of an under-reported musical culture.

The museum is on the historic site of Woodstock, and is dedicated to the preservation of American music subculture. This was their first guest curated exhibit, and first exhibit on contemporary music cultures.

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PLUR exhibit photo archive

Bethel Woods Museum PLUR exhibit site

The Sound of New York City video piece on the PLUR exhibit

Times Herald-Record feature on the PLUR exhibit

EDM Insider piece

 

 

 

free culture exhibit

FREE CULTURE (svobodna kultura) Co-curated by Daphne Carr and Jiri Hula

Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, CZ (March-May 2010)

National Library/Národní knihovna České republiky (2011)

Free Culture Exhibit at Dox

The exhibit raises questions about the limits of the “private property” model of creative work in the digital era. It address authorship in the era of collaborative creativity, non-profit artistic production, inexpensive or free online distribution, widespread practices of sampling, and accessibility of work that has been digitized and that can be collected into archives. The exhibit focuses on the creator’s control over the manner of their work’s use after publication and in circulation, asking what goals one has for publishing work — profit, prestige, or social good.

Through text, documents, and image we engage the philosophy of “intellectual property” in the Czech Republic and worldwide, and trace the rise of alternative copyright systems that challenge global intellectual property law and corporate control of culture. The exhibit focuses on the rise of the Creative Commons movement and the development of a simple system of licenses that allow authors to control their work. We look at the development and success of Creative Commons in three case study nations —the Czech Republic, Brazil, and the United States. The exhibit also shows the practical realities of contemporary artists and institutions who need to find new funding models as the economics of creative production shift dramatically.

The exhibit also ties the alternative copyright movement to its intellectual heritage—the practices of collage, satire, samizdat publishing, quotation and sampling–and to larger social questions about the benefits of cultural exchange through sharing and gifting. We present a selection of work that has consciously or retrospectively become “illegal art” for their sampling of pre-existing works, including Andy Warhol and Ji?í Kolá?.

The exhibit also presents Creative Commons-licensed tracks by prominent Czech musicians and an open-software remixing system for in-gallery and on-line remix.

digital economies exhibit

Digital Economies and the Politics of Circulation 

“Cultures of Musical Circulation” exhibit, April 2009

As part of the 2009 Digital Economies and the Politics of Circulation conference at Columbia University, I put together an exhibit titled Cultures of Musical Circulation. Faculty, fellows, and students from the CU ethnomusicology program contributed ethnographic materials on the changing face of musical exchange and circulation. I was especially pleased with a series of photos of noise cassettes from Dr. David Novak’s dissertation fieldwork collection (second image).

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