For the last couple of years, There Goes the Neighborhood (TGTN)—a group of artists / urban activists—has held a series of events exploring North Park's (and surrounding areas') potential to be a hub for arts, culture and smart urban growth. Earlier this year, for instance, they held a four-day event with 22 activities including a bike tour of thrift shops, photography and silk-screening workshops and a giant neighborhood block party. This weekend, TGTN's putting on an evening of programming they're calling What’s the Use?, held in conjunction with Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), an exhibition we wrote about last month that's on view at UCSD's art gallery until Dec. 14. Curated by the New York-based public-arts group Creative Time, and on view until Dec. 14, Living as Form explores, through art, the notion of changing social norms and community engagement.
If these concepts seem abstract, head over to Art Produce on Saturday, Nov. 3, to find out what it's all about.
The day kicks off with a workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. called "What Goes Where and Why" at The Linkery. It's geared toward local advocacy organizations. The caveat is that seating is limited to 30 people, so hurry up and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to attend.
At 6 p.m., in Art Produce's garden, TGTN is hosting a free, open-to-the-public dinner party called "You Are What You Eat," described as a meal "in which the contents... correlate to how you view yourself as an active community agent." Hmmm.... Next up, from 7 to 9 p.m. is "Critical Postcards," during which artists and activists from around the country will share—via Skype—groundbreaking ways in which they’ve used public space to get a message out.