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A Kickstarter from DPI Alum Alexandra Diracles to Help Get More Young Women into Coding


From DPI and ITP alum Alexandra Diracles:

Dear Friends and Family,

I’m really proud to share our Vidcode Kickstarter campaign with you:  VIDCODE KICKSTARTER

A lot has been happening with Vidcode over the last few months:

-4.0 schools accelerator
-A soft live launch this summer with 2,000 online users currently
-Recent support and working space from the NYU Poly incubator

We’ve received great support, advice, and inquiries from outside organizations like LittleBitsGirls Who CodeHopscotchMaker StateScriptEdNational Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT)HackbrightGirl Scouts of America and Amplify, to name a few.

Please check out our Kickstarter page and PLEDGE.  Quantity of supporters makes a huge difference and no pledge is too small:

After you’ve pledged please share with your networks.  This is a big step for us, and a critical one for us to deliver Vidcode to schools with an expanded curriculum.  Here is our campaign share page for twitter and FB: http://vidcodeks.herokuapp.com/

Thanks so much for your continued support!

p.s. Here is tweet text if you find it helpful:Vidcode teaches TEENS computer programming by enabling them to customize Instagram videos with CODE

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If You Build It

Exciting site-specific exhibition happening in Washington Heights this summer:

“If You Build It” exhibition, organized by No Longer Empty, includes installations, photography, and performances by more than twenty local, national, and international artists. Featured are alumnus Hank Willis Thomas, faculty Bayeté Ross Smith, and former staff Sonia Louise Davis, Alumnus Petrushka Bazin Larsen, program manager at the Laundromat Project, contributed an essay to the catalog.

The works in the exhibition address cycles of urban decay and regeneration; building community through shared heritage; immigration and displacement; the longing for home in all its senses; and the vast economic disparities that plague our cities.

The multi-floor exhibition leads visitors from the ground floor to the ninth and back finally to the third floors where additional works, installations, and apartments are curated by invited neighborhood organizations.  The project will incorporate multi-disciplinary cultural events and the next editions of No Longer Empty’s signature education programs—the Y.Dot Youth Docent Program, Teens Curate Teens in partnership with ArtsConnection, and No Longer Bored Family Days. Check website for info.

“Caesar’s Visa” by Hank Willis Thomas. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Holland Cotter writes in the NY Times 

In 2009, when a bad economy left commercial spaces vacant across New York City, an itinerant nonprofit art group called No Longer Empty started filling some of them — a storefront on West 23rd Street, the closed-up Tower Records on lower Broadway — with art. This summer, the organization adds a twist to its mission by working on premises that have yet to be occupied, an in-progress 13-story affordable-housing complex called the Sugar Hill Building located on West 155th Street in Washington Heights.

Sponsored by Broadway Housing Communities and designed by David Adjaye, the development won’t open until the fall. But for the next month, it has exhibitions installed on two floors, and in a ground-level space that will eventually be the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.
[read rest of review]

No Longer Empty’s mission is to widen the audience for contemporary art, to promote socially conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art. We do so by presenting professionally curated, site-specific art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints. read more

If you are in NYC, go see it: 155th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, NYC 10032
Thursday–Friday 3–7pm & Saturday–Sunday 1–6pm
Wednesday by appointment.
On view until August 10, 2014

Be sure to check out No Longer Empty’s website to learn more what they are doing and artist opportunities.

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Future Imagemakers 2014 Exhibition & Web Launch

photo by Jessica Jones

Friday, May 9, 2014, 5:30 to 7:00pm, Room 804

FUTURE IMAGEMAKERS Exhibition & Web Launch

Future Imagemakers / Community Collaborations is a participatory photography project in the Department of Photography & Imaging offering free digital photography classes taught by NYU students and faculty to New York City area high school students. We are part of the Tisch Future Artist Program. We have been running two workshops this semester: one on Saturdays and one on Monday and Thursdays.

2014 Pariticipants:

Student Photographers: Hayoung Ahn, Jason Bravo, Karla Cortes, Vanessa Deng, Justyn Diaz, Vanessa Escobar, Aminat Fakunle, Elisa Freeland, Lateisha Freeman, Jasmin Garcia, Treasure Goddard, Jessica Jones, Amandeep Kaur, Krutika Khatri, Devin Liu, Britanie Montero, Sebastian Perez, Jhamir Rahsaan, Carlo Raimondo, Renee Sanders, Cimani Squires
Teachers: NYU students Megan Hilliard, Joann Lee, Karanjit Singh, and Bria Webb
Faculty Katie Kline and Lorie Novak

To see some of what has been been happening this semester, check out the Future Imagemaker’s Tumblr.

Hope to see you March 9. Pizza and ice cream cake will be served!



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No Longer Empty – Sonia Louise Davis

Department staff-member Sonia Louise Davis is included in a new group show, “Through the Parlor.” Presented by No Longer Empty in a former beauty salon in Chinatown, the exhibition opens this Friday, November 8th. According to their website, No Longer Empty’s mission is to “widen and deepen the public engagement with contemporary art, to promote the work of experimental and socially-conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art.”

Through the Parlor
24 Rutgers Street (between Henry and Madison)
November 8 – December 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 6 – 8pm


For more information about the NLE Curatorial Lab, click here.

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Create Change: Sonia Louise Davis

The Laundromat Project – Create Change Alumni Interview: Sonia Louise Davis.

By day, Sonia Louise Davis sits at our front desk taking care of all aspects of the department. This is only a small part of what she does in her life. Read this great interview with her on The Laundromat  Project blog where you can also see some of her art work. You can also check out her website.

Sonia was a 2011 Create Change Professional Development Fellow at the Laundromat Project,  a community-based non-profit arts organization committed to the well-being of people of color living on low incomes. They bring art programs to where our neighbors already are: the local laundromat. The Create Change Professional Development Fellows participate in monthly discussions and workshops designed to help artists deepen their approach to having a socially-engaged creative practice. 


If you roam around the Laundromat Project blog, you’ll also see an interview with Program Director, Petruska Bazin Larsen, who happens to be a DPI alum.

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