2017 South Slope Derby Judges

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CARLOS MENCHACA:
In 2013, Carlos Menchaca was elected New York City Council Member for District 38 in Brooklyn, becoming the first Mexican-American elected to public office in the New York City and Brooklyn’s first openly gay legislator. During his time as Council Member, Carlos authored and passed legislation that created New York’s first municipal identification card program, IDNYC. He has also secured funding for the most extensive public defender program in the nation serving undocumented immigrants, and led efforts that secured the largest allocation in recent history for adult literacy services in NYC. Carlos’ commitment to direct democracy makes District 38 a noteworthy example of Participatory Budgeting in the City and one of the most successful in the nation. Carlos’ mission, as an elected official, is to transform the relationship between New Yorkers and city government by empowering local communities, holding government publicly accountable, and engaging New York immigrant populations.

ELISE LONG:
Elise Long is the Artistic Director and Founder of Spoke the Hub Dancing, Inc, a non-profit community arts organization and neighborhood staple since 1979. Spoke the Hub has been described as one of “the most exhilarating community art spaces in Brooklyn.” Described as a “cultural pioneer”, a “community treasure”, a “visionary” and the “Cecil B. De Mille of dance” in Brooklyn among other accolades, Long was recently awarded a “Community Builder” award by Brooklyn Community Housing and Services for her community service in Brooklyn over the past three decades. Long is also the founder of the Gowanus Arts Exchange (now called Gowanus Arts) on Douglass Street which will be home to Koko NYC’s new headquarters as soon as construction is completed! Currently, Long is working with local architects and developers to create an even more inspirational community arts center in the Gowanus, featuring a 4,400sf community “sky farm”and garden on the roof; a150 seat community theater; a community gallery;and workspace for painters, dancers, musicians and other independent artists of all genres.

SEVERN CLAY-YOUMAN:
Severn is an architect living and practicing in Brooklyn. A former dancer and stage designer, he brings to his work both a sense of theatricality and improvisation but also the experience of a life spent working in the arts. His wide-ranging interests include sailing, kayaking and boat building, music, cooking and gardening. He currently teaches architecture in CUNY’s Architectural Technology program, and has been an invited juror at Pratt Institute, CUNY and Rutgers. He is the founder and principal of Civic Architecture Workshop.

DONNY LEVIT:
Donny Levit is a writer, journalist, and editor-in-chief of New Pulp City, a New York/New Jersey-based culture news site. Previously, he has been the editor for Bklyner, Park Slope Stoop, and South Slope News. His Brooklyn-centric book Rock n’ Roll Lies was published in 2015. Over the years, he has particularly enjoyed covering exhibitions at Open Source Gallery as well as happenings at KOKO NYC.

KATHERINE MORIWAKI:
Katherine Moriwaki is Assistant Professor of Media Design in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She teaches core classes in the M.F.A. Design + Technology Program (MFADT) where students engage a broad range of creative methodologies to realize new possibilities in interactive media. In 2016 she co-authored the book Fashion and Technology: A Guide to Materials and Applications with Aneta Genova, published by Fairchild/Bloomsbury. She is also the Co-founder of Scrapyard Challenge!

PETER REICH:
Peter Reich is a board member of Recycle-A-Bicycle and a bike designer extraordinaire. He created the the Swift Folder bicycle and has been building them to order in his shop on the Gowanus Canal for the past 20 years. The bikes are also available through RAB, built with the help of eager student apprentices and recycled parts.

REBECCA DARUGAR:
Rebecca Darugar is the Director of Education at 826NYC, an education nonprofit that works with students ages 6-18 on their creative and expository writing skills. She joined the world of out-of-school time education after completing her Master of Arts in Teaching from the USC Rossier School of Education. She has been a part of the 826NYC community since 2013, serving first as the Volunteer & Programs Coordinator and then rejoining the team as the Director of Education. Before entering the field of education, she worked at antipoverty nonprofits in New York City to help individuals and families enroll in public benefit programs.



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The Fire Theory: ICE

English | Español | Press Release (English) | Press Release (Español) | Installation View September 6-October 13, 2017 Opening Reception: September 6, 2017 Those who left. Those who got lost. Those who arrived. Those who stayed. Those who came back. The Fire Theory presents ICE, an exhibition, residency and collaborative project curated by Omar López-Chahoud […]

upcoming

2017 Exhibitions
Reimagining Tradition
Kimberly Mayhorn

past

Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall
10th Annual South Slope Derby
Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations
Francesco Simeti: Swell
Liinu Grönlund: It could have been
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
guerilla-art.mx: Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion
Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence
Box Car Workshops and Derby 2014
Mark Stilwell: The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts)
Hubert Dobler: Roundabout
Arne Schreiber: Your Stripes