Do you have a story to tell about Fort Greene? Do you want to collaborate with your neighbors to create a vision for the future?

Apply now to join our community of storytellers and future-makers at BRIC!

If we listen to the histories of our community, we can begin transforming our neighborhood towards a more equitable and imaginative future.

The Future Historical Society will use storytelling, art, and media-making to create a publicly accessible archive of histories and imagined futures for Fort Greene, that will be shared as part of the BRIC OPEN Arts and Ideas Festival in April 2019. The Future Historical Society will be led by artist, architect and designer Yazmany Arboleda and the Brooklyn Free Speech Radio and Community Engagement teams at BRIC.

Participants will receive:

  • The opportunity to meet and collaborate with neighbors on a public art project

  • Training in storytelling, podcasting and other media skills

  • Up to a $500 stipend for participating in monthly workshops and additional meetings (approx. $50 per meeting).


Participants will commit to:  

  • Attendance at introductory workshop on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6PM.

  • Attendance at two Tuesday night meetings per month, from 6-8:30PM (dinner provided) from January - April 2019.

  • Willingness to participate in outside working groups as needed.

  • A spirit of openness, collaboration, and willingness to learn across difference.

Up to 15 applicants will be selected for participation in the Future Historical Society.


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About Yazmany Arboleda:
Yazmany Arboleda (b. 1981) is a Colombian American artist based in New York City. An architect by training, Yazmany’s practice focuses on creating “Living Sculptures,” people coming together to transform their experience of the world through co-creation. His work is motivated largely by political, cultural, and social constructs. Over the past decade he has created public art projects with communities in India, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, Afghanistan, Spain, Colombia, and the United States.

He lectures at UNC, MIT, and other institutions internationally about the power of art in public space. His work has been written about in the New York Times, Washington Post, UK’s Guardian, and Fast Company. In 2013, he was named one of Good Magazine’s 100 People Making Our World Better.  Yazmany is the co-founder and chief creative officer of limeSHIFT, a creative agency that brings artists into communities (both public and private) to shape and elevate culture.  He is also the associate director of communications for Artists Striving To End Poverty.

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