On March 25 BU's GEN10, whose mission is to lead innovation and creativity in our city, to change mindsets, and transform culture, is flying an urban artist from LA, Man One, into Binghamton to visit and interact with people in the community. Man One transformed downtown L.A. with the power of art, and now he wants to do the same in Binghamton!
Along with a number of other highly involved community members and organizations we will be hosting a speaking event where he will share his story and offer guidance on how to make Binghamton a better place to live, work, and enjoy. The event will be held at 7pm in Old Union Hall on the Binghamton University Campus.
This is part of a bigger plan to put on a downtown Binghamton Mural Festival in May, with Man One as the catalyst for change. This will involve the President of the University and the Mayor of Binghamton, along with a large contingency of local businesses, organizations, and groups.
A peace vigil assembles in downtown Binghamton every Monday evening from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. This picture was taken at about 5pm on my way to the State Office Building for the Moral Monday protest.
Reverend Fred Brooks and others rally and speak out against the proposed State Budget of New York State at the State Office Building on Hawley St., Binghamton. A flyer they handed out at the event make the following key points about the budget, targeting the proposed tax breaks for banks:
"Big Banks Don't Need Tax Breaks
(Original Article written by Rose Silberman-Gorn, published in the March edition of Triple Cities Carousel )
Montrose, Pennsylvania-based artist Robyn Adams had been displaying work in Remlik's when, due to customers' interest, the owners asked if she'd like to have a reception. Adams was excited by the prospect, and decided to add an interesting twist to the reception. Because the quirky, silly characters that she creates are crucial to her work, she decided to recruit friends, family, and students to portray 15 of her characters live.
Recreating her characters was a challenging, exciting task, requiring a lot of creativity and resourcefulness. “The costumes are a mix of different things,” she explains. “I bought some clothing, painted on fabric, and made some props out of paper mache.” The characters will be mingling during the reception, talking to people and passing out free prints of the paintings which they appear in.
Mayor Rich David and the Binghamton Police Department would like to invite citizens of the Greater Binghamton area to attend the spring 2014 Citizens Police Academy.
The CPA is a free 10 week class that will highlight various units within the Police Department; and each class is taught by the Officers themselves. Among the units represented will be SWAT, CSI, K-9, Patrol Division, Computer Forensics, DWI, firearms training, and more.
Each student will also be given an opportunity to go on a ride-a-long with a Police Officer. This year the organizers have added 3 new classes which include, sex offenders and how the Police Department monitors their activity, women in Law Enforcement, and a look into the use of force standards for Police and Civilians... (read more)
After multiple public hearings and vocal support from the Binghamton community, City Council has voted in favor of the Public Art Advisory Board.
On Wednesday, March 5th, during City Council's Business Meeting, Proposed Local Law 14-1 was unanimously co-sponsored and passed, establishing a Public Art Advisory Board. Councilman Motsavage introduced it to the council, stating that although they would like to clarify parts of the legislation later through amendments, such as the residency requirement for appointed members, this was something that should be passed now to get efforts started.
In the next coming months we should see the Mayor begin requesting letters of interest from the public. Mayor David will be responsible for five appointments onto the board, three of which must be professionals in the field of visual arts, graphic design, or architecture. Anyone may submit a letter of interest for a position in the board. More details to come.
The Department of Public Art (DPA) is actually planning on hosting an event around the efforts and visions of local groups to promote public art in the City (tentatively Thursday, March 27th, 2014). More details to come!
It is puzzling that the elected officials who subscribe to the Unshackle NY clamor about unfunded mandates make no plea for the mentally ill of our community. A report in June of the White House Summit on mental health noted that public spending on mental health services has been slashed across the country in recent years, driven by the recession and by a zeal to shrink government. Were you aware that there was a NYS bill proposing the Mental Health Public Awareness Tax Check off last session?
The Southern Tier of NY has 15 counties comprised of 1.5 million people covering one quarter of the state in 11,400 square miles. It is a designated federal underserved area.
In 2010 BCMHC served 250 children annually(today NONE) and on any given day 200 of the total 539 outpatient adult mentally ill daily visits in Broome County. With roughly 194,000 residents of Broome County there should be 1,066 adults seeking services each month; recent OMH patient characteristics survey indicates on any given day 716 adult residents sought outpatient clinic services, still 30% short. Among Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities 49% have a mental illness. A 2006 BCMHClinic research report indicated 60% of reimbursement was from Medicaid clients. The Clinic is open to ALL income levels and insurances.
Apparently the health and human services committee of the county was not concerned about quality of care, accessibility and understanding of this vulnerable mental health population when they cut services. There has been a slow hemorrhaging of services for at least eight years across political lines.
Why does this deceptive, stealth campaign continue to end County public mental health services?
Wed Mar 05 2014 - 6:30 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, Hawley Street Binghamton NY
City Council will be bringing the proposed "Public Art Advisory Board" (aka Public Art Commission) to a vote following a public comment period on the legislation. Come to City Hall at 6:30 to make your voice and support heard!
The proposed legislation is attached.
March at Cooperative Gallery
Cooperative Gallery 213 will feature NEW VISIONS from March 7-29, 2014, exhibiting the work of artist Aubrey Clark, an accomplished local artist and John Thomson, a professor of design for many years in the art department of SUNY Binghamton.
Although the two have sometimes collaborated as artists and happen to be married to each other, this exhibit consists of work pursued on an entirely individual basis. If there are similarities to be found, it might be coincidence or a shared connection to the natural world as a source of inspiration.
Environmental concerns and her passion for nature’s beauty are evident in Aubrey’s work. Her paintings of chickens, insects, frogs and leaves are striking in their directness, either placed unadorned on linen or in camouflage as is often found in nature. The prints have a multilayered complexity, making use of Asian papers with chine colle, and thus creating alchemy with the content. The process of discerning what is there engages the viewer to perhaps ask “what?” and “why?” In the cases of the honeybee and butterfly, their existence cannot be taken for granted. They are in decline largely as a result of manmade threats such as pesticides. Because bees are critical to pollination their demise threatens the food supply.
John Thomson began to develop an interest and aptitude for design in the fourth grade with drawings and models of boats and airplanes. His design sense has expanded more recently into bringing his life-long design interests in music and musical instruments, small boats and sailing, and the structures and patterns of the natural world into making works of art. This expression has resulted in small sculptures that may reference these interests, and digital adaptations of drawings, which are given new life printed on vinyl.
The Opening Reception for NEW VISIONS is First Friday, March 7, at the Cooperative Gallery 213. Aubrey and John will facilitate a discussion for the community and fellow artists on Third Thursday, March 20, 7-9 pm at the Gallery. The public is welcome.
The topic will be What Inspires and Motivates Artists? Cooperative Gallery 213 is open 3-6 pm on Fridays, 12-4 pm on Saturdays, and by appointment: 607.770.0040.
Calling all LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, and allies! Please join Pride and Joy Families for our upcoming Wednesday Webinars with presenter Arlene Istar Lev, Albany-area family therapist, educator and writer. The second session in the two-part series is "Nurturing Relationships between Parents," and will take place on Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The program is free but registration is required. The webinars will be posted on the prideandjoyfamilies.org site.
This session begins with the premise that maintaining loving relationships with a partner or spouse while rearing children is a Herculean task. The workshop will address how we as adults maintain our loving connections, find time for one another, and take care of the many responsibilities that challenge us as parents.