Welcome to Iambrown.org. My name is Autumn Brown. In these pages you will find information on the workshops I teach, the services I can provide, the projects I care about, and the resources I can offer. I hope that there is something useful for you here. Be sure to sign up for my (very low-traffic) newsletter to receive updates about upcoming workshops and events, and opportunities to build and participate in revolutionary work in the worlds of activism, media and art.

April Newsletter

 Hello Good People!

 
As many of you already know, I serve as a member of the Board of Directors of smartMeme, an amazing group that provides training and develops story-based strategy with social justice organizations across the country. I am so excited to announce that smartMeme is publishing its first book this week, entitled Re:Imagining Change, and we are throwing a big book release party at Bluestockings Bookstore on Sunday evening to celebrate!! Please read on for more information.
 
And in the rest of this edition of Iambrown, you will find other opportunities for reimagining yourself and your community: through goddess burlesque, through a unique vocal arts program that takes place every summer in Croatia, and through an opportunity to reclaim our health. 
 
In this Edition of Iambrown:
  • Re:Imagining Change - Book Release Event March 28th!
  • The International Vocal Arts Workshop in Grožnjan, Croatia
  • Goddess Burlesque!! - Begins April 5th
  • Reclaiming Our Health Fair - April 3rd
If you have trouble reading this e-newsletter, please visit my website at www.iambrown.org.

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Re:Imagining Change - Book Release Event March 28th!
 
smartMeme's first book, co-authored by Patrick Reinsborough and Doyle Canning, is being published this week by PM Press [http://smartmeme.org/book ] - and we're headed to New York City to celebrate! 

Join Patrick & Doyle (plus smartMeme Board leaders & friends) for *two* community events in New York City:
 
in Manhattan...
*Sunday 3/28 7:00 pm*
Bluestockings Bookstore & Activists Center
www.bluestockings.com  
172 Allen St (1 block south of Houston & 1rst Ave.)
NY, NY 10002 

in Williamsburg...
*Monday 3/29 7:30 pm*
The Change You Want To See Gallery
www.thechangeyouwanttosee.org
84 Havemeyer St @ Metropolitan Ave 
Brooklyn, NY 11211 

The book "Re:Imagining Change -- How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements and Change the World"  [www.smartmeme.org/book] is an interactive and accessible resource guide to smartMeme's story-based strategy tools and methodology. The book outlines how to apply narrative power analysis to effectively frame issues and offers plenty of juicy case studies and analysis, including a call for our movements to innovate our storytelling techniques in the face of the looming ecological crisis. 
 
Come out to hear some of the insights from "Re:Imagining Change", chat with the co-authors and pick up your very own copy of the book! We'd love to see you!

(And, If you can't make it -- you can now order a copy of it at: http://www.smartmeme.org/book) 
 
Yours in celebration,
Doyle, Patrick, Autumn, Maryrose, Shana, Nupur, and Myla
 
PS: Major discounts for bulk purchases are available (10 or more copies) for groups that want to distribute the book to their staff or members - email info (at) smartmeme dot org for details!
 
PPS: Thanks for your help spreading the word! Tweet it:
@smartMeme book release in NYC 3/28 & 3/29 http://bit.ly/dd1xrQ 

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The International Vocal Arts Workshop in Grožnjan, Croatia
Looking for a summer music and theater program in Europe?
Want to study with faculty from around the world?
Perform in a medieval hilltop village? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Jeunesses Musicales Croatia Summer Festival and School offers the International Vocal Arts Workshop, an unusual and adventurous session for singers and instrumentalists who are looking to think, and perform, outside of the box. This is an opportunity to explore every genre from Artsong, Arias, Early Music and Folk, to Rock, Jazz and Musical Theater. Led by Jane McMahan of Barnard College, Columbia University, the workshop fosters a collaborative environment between participants, guest artists and teachers, and the medieval hilltop village of Grožnjan, Croatia. In addition to intensive personal vocal coaching, participants study with visiting artists and work together to create a variety of performances that draw on world music, dance, theater, mask-making and stage-craft.

The program’s fifth season will run from June 7th-24th, 2010. Please see www.artSynergy.net for more information.

Information Session
March 27th 3:00 PM
Ella Weed Room in Milbank Hall, 2nd Floor
Barnard College, Columbia University
3009 Broadway  (117th St.)

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Goddess Burlesque!! Begins April 5th

Taught by Howling Vic aka Victoria Libertore

SPRING SESSION (six consecutive Mondays):
Mondays, April 5th - May 10th, 2010, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Studios 353

353 W. 48th St., 2nd Fl. (between 8th & 9th Ave.) 
Cost: $300 ($250 for past participants of any of Victoria's workshops)
Credit cards are accepted.
Registration: Limited to eight.
Deposit of $150 is due by March 29th to reserve your spot.
Contact: victorialibertore@gmail.com

Optional performance at the end of this session: Dixon Place on Thursday, May 13th, 2010.

Come let loose of your inhibitions and get comfortable in your own skin. In this six-week workshop, you will build a three to five-minute performance piece incorporating a strip tease that reflects your individual attributes.  Using tools of physical theatre, archetypal energy, intuition, character exploration and imagery, each participant creates an original performance piece, receives feedback and learns how to further develop the piece, and then performs the creation while discovering how to be comfortable while doing it! Women of all backgrounds are welcome and previous performance experience is not a requirement.  Performance at the end of the workshop (totally optional).  Please note this builds from week to week, and you get the most out of it if you are available for all dates. Please see Teaching at www.howlingvic.com for Victoria's bio and testimonials.

Bio
Victoria Libertore aka Howling Vic has performed her original performance art at dozens of venues throughout New York including BAX, Dixon Place, Galapagos, Joe's Pub and Joyce SoHo as well as in Boston, Philly, Provincetown, Montreal and Toronto. Victoria has taught sold-out burlesque workshops at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dance New Amsterdam, Grove Mama Ink and independently. Victoria has worked with Six Figures Theatre Company teaching workshops in the Viewpoints technique, has taught improv, hula and worked for eight years teaching performance, showmanship and how to interact with audiences at an international hands-on science museum. Victoria also coaches one-on-one for solo performance.

Victoria has a BFA in Theatre from Otterbein College. Her studies also include Balinese mask with Per Brahe, Butoh with Tanya Calamoneri, clown with Kendall Cornell, Grotowski with Raïna von Waldenburg, Viewpoints with Stephen Wangh and site-specific performance with Martha Bowers. She is a 2008-2010 Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX Theatre Artist in Residence where she is developing new performance work.

Victoria has developed her own original approach and method to performance which she calls Archetypal Energy Work. She combines archetypal images with both chakra and imagery work to create a dynamic and powerful experience for both the performer and audience. She teaches this approach to those who wish to create their own original performance work.

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Reclaiming Our Health - April 3rd
A health fair for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming(LGBTSTGNC) People of Color to gain knowledge and access to different community organizations that offer health services and resources specifically for our communities. Organized by the Audre Lorde Project (www.alp.org)
 
When: Saturday April 3rd 2010 12-6pm 
Where: The Brecht Forum 451 West St. (Between Bank and Bethune St.) 
 
Organizations tabling: 
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA)
The Door 
Callen Lorde Community Health Center 
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
Housing Works 
Positive Health Project
Rock Dove Collective 
Third Root 
And many more! 
 
Workshops provided will include:
Lesbian Cancer Initiative: "EveryBODY Hates Cancer" 
Third Root: "Herbal Education 101" 
AllisonJoy: "Intro to Reiki" 
Ignacio RIvera: "Hooking Up: Power, Sex, and Consent" 
Inner Child Experience: "Art Therapy Through Joy-elry(Jewlery) Making" 
Housing Works- Women’s Center: “How to Take Care of Your Body Under Hormonal Care” 
Babeland: “Sex Toys 101” 
And more! 
 
Open Mic Performances: 5-6pm featuring Yalini Dream
 
********HIV Testing provided by GMHC******** 
 
To RSVP for the fair and lunch please visit http://alp.org/reclaiming TODAY!
If you have any questions, are interested in volunteering, or want to facilitate a workshop please contact rgarrido@alp.org or 718.596.1328 ext.18 
 

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