NYCxDESIGN: Redesigning Citizenship
Tue, May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm| $10
The founders of this country created a document that inspired people to envision a new society. For close to a quarter of a millennium, citizens of the United States have been challenged to adapt to a constantly changing world disrupted by war, economic hardship, injustice and discrimination that has resulted in a generation of Americans convinced that their vote doesn’t matter. It is time to rethink the definition of what it means to be a US citizen and renew our spirit of independence and engagement.
As part of NYCxDESIGN, the BF+DA is inviting five panelists to each share their “citizen journey ” from the perspectives of art, design, activism and fashion. After listening to these unique stories, the panelists and audience will participate in a workshop to co-create a design strategy for the 21st century citizen. Please join us for an evening of reflection, collaboration and shared action.
On the evening of the panel, we are also asking people to bring in an object that best represents their own citizenship and to tell a story about it in our storytelling booth. Come prepared!
Yeohlee Teng is a fashion designer who has worked primarily in New York City and established her own house, YEOHLEE inc in 1981. Yeohlee’s designs have earned a permanent place in the Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the late Richard Martin, then Chief Curator, called her “one of the most ingenious makers of clothing today.”
Hoda Katebi is a Chicago-based Muslim-Iranian author, community organizer, and radical fashion blogger behind JooJoo Azad, an online platform focusing on self-representation and narrative reclamation through an intersection of mediums (fashion, photography, writing) and issues (Islamophobia, Orientalism, #BlacklivesMatter, etc). She is the author & photographer of the book Tehran Streetstyle, featuring streetstyle photography from Iran aimed to challenge both Western Orientalism and domestic Iranian mandatory dress codes.
Yahdon Israel is a 26 year-old writer from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, who has written for Avidly, The New Inquiry, LitHub, ESPNW, and Brooklyn Magazine. He graduated from the New School with his MFA in Creative Non-Fiction. He is the content and social media director of MakersFinders, a digital platform that connects independent makers to passionate finders through stories, he currently serves as the VP of Awards and Membership of the National Book Critics Circle and runs a popular Instagram page which promotes literature and fashion under the hashtag #literaryswag.
Joan Shigekawa served as Senior Deputy Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) during the Obama Administration and as its Acting Chairman from 2012-2014. As an officer of the Rockefeller Foundation Ms. Shigekawa led the foundation’s domestic and international programs in the arts, including the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund and Creativity in a Digital Age. She was the director of the international Production Laboratory at the Program for Art on Film, a partnership between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Ms. Shigekawa serves on the National Advisory Board of the Center for Asian American Media and has served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and as a trustee of the New York Council for the Humanities, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Grantmakers in the Arts and Grantmakers in Film and Television.
Manuel Toscano helps his clients bridge business and design by combining an expertise in innovation with compelling visual storytelling. In 1998 he joined New York design firm Zago. Under his leadership the studio broadened its scope of services, leveraging design, visual media, and digital innovation to reach target audiences and foster environmental, cultural, and social change. Zago’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, international nonprofits, start-ups and global brands, currently the studio works exclusively on social impact focused projects. Manuel studied photography at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington and later received his masters at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. He served in the communications advisory board at Human Rights Watch, on the board of the photo agency VII, and as National Director of Social Engagement for Design for Good at the AIGA. He is currently a faculty member in the Products of Design masters program at SVA, and lecturer at Parsons School of Design in the Transdisciplinary Masters Program.
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Please be aware that by attending this event, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in photography and/or film for use in any and all media, and you release the BF+DA from any liability whatsoever of any nature.