Groundswell Teaching Artist Knowledge Base

The Groundswell Teaching Artist Knowledge Base was collaboratively created by Participatory Community Engagement students and Groundswell, New York City’s leading community public arts organization that brings together artists, youth, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. The purpose of the Knowledge Base is to provide a space for Groundswell’s teaching artists to share resources and engage in community building.The Knowledge Base is flexibly designed as an open forum, accessible from the field, to which teaching artists can contribute their own experiences.

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Strengthening the Ability of Midtown Community Court to Serve Procedural Justice Principles

Participatory Community Engagement students collaborated with the Midtown Community Court (MCC), a problem-solving community justice nonprofit associated with the Center for Court Innovation, to complete a procedural justice study of the MCC. The project resulted in a public engagement with the entire staff, a written report, a graphic report of community building sessions conducted, and dialogues with staff on how to better serve important procedural justice principles.

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Reconnecting an Organization with its Tenant Members

Tenants and Neighbors helps tenants build and effectively wield their collective power to preserve at-risk affordable housing and strengthen tenants' rights in New York. In 2011, Participatory Community Engagement students worked alongside staff of Tenants and Neighbors to help them reconnect to their membership. Students facilitated community building gatherings where they uncovered stories that were subsequently published in a tenant advocacy booklet used statewide. Pedagogy and facilitation tools were developed and are now used at staff meetings and retreats.

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Fighting for Housing Justice with South Bronx Residents

In 2008, tenants of the Manida Street Houses began a successful three-year struggle for housing justice. Participatory Community Engagement students worked alongside these residents through the Hunts Point to conduct community building workshop and support the publishing of the Manida Street Scrapbook used in the housing justice movement to educate residents.

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