February 08, 2006

*Next AI Firefly Meeting - Feb 22

Project: Calendar

Amnesty International Firefly Project will be meeting TOMORROW - and there's a change in location!

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
TIme: 7:00 pm
Location: The Pink Pony, 178 Ludlow (between Houston and Stanton)

This will be a brainstorming meeting with a focus on designing guidelines and plotting out the timeline for AI Firefly's new commission for the creation of a new public art, film, public performance, or new media project that addresses issues related to one of the four AIUSA current campaigns. We'll also be discussing Fuel for the Fire, a training weekend in May for high school students who work at the intersection of art and activism.

Everyone is welcome!

If you haven't been involved before, now is a great time to start. Please feel free to give me a call at (917) 513-7514 if you have questions about the group or would like to chat before coming to a meeting.

About Amnesty International Firefly Project: AI Firefly is a NYC-based collective that produces public events, including workshops, gallery exhibitions, screenings, dialogues and discussions, conferences and festivals, and concerts. Firefly works to raise awareness of human rights issues and support the exchange of ideas, strategies, motives, and methods for creating art that is politically and socially engaged. Amnesty International Firefly Project is affiliated with Amnesty International USA as local group #704 and as a pilot project for the Northeast Region.

January 16, 2006

*Next AI Firefly Meeting

Project: Calendar

Here's the skinny on the next AI Firefly meeting:

Date: Monday, January 23, 2006
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Fix Cafe, 110 Bedford Avenue (corner of north 11th) Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Subway: L to Bedford Avenue.

We'll be discussing two new upcoming projects, (1) a commission for the creation of a new public art, film, public performance, or new media project that addresses issues related to one of the four AIUSA current campaigns, and (2) an intensive two-day training weekend for high school students around grassroots arts/activist organizing strategies, planned for early May.

Everyone is welcome! Feel free to e-mail me at if you haven't been to a meeting before or have any questions.

October 01, 2005

*No one signs up to become a slave

Project: Human Trafficking

In collaboration with the Amnesty International Women's Human Rights Action Team, Safe Horizon, Tonic, Exit Art and Isadora Productions, Firefly Project presented a series of events to raise awareness about human trafficking in New York City, one of the major ports of entry for trafficking networks in the United States.

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September 24, 2005

*The Peekskill Project

Project: Projects

Last fall, Amnesty International Firefly Project members served as jurors for the Peekskill Project, an annual public art exhibition in Peekskill.

Rachel Budde

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June 09, 2005

*Corrections screening

Project: JailhouseDrawings

June 9th, 7:30, ABC No Rio

A screening of Ashley Hunt’s innovative documentary investigation into the privatization of U.S. prisons.

Free; followed by wine reception and discussion.

The Corrections by Ashley Hunt

June 02, 2005

*Prison Poetry

Project: JailhouseDrawings

June 2nd, 7:30

PEN Prison Writing Program presents a reading of prize-winning writing by former winners of its annual contest, including Eric Waters, introduced by former PWP chair Bell Chevigny.

Free; followed by wine reception and discussion with the poets.

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May 26, 2005

*Rikers Island and Prison Health

Project: JailhouseDrawings

May 26th, 7:30, ABC No Rio

Paul von Zielbauer of the New York Times and former Rikers medical director Dr. Robert L. Cohen discuss prison health care and the role of journalism in bringing human rights issues to light.

Free; followed by wine reception and discussion.

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May 19, 2005

*Jailhouse Drawings

Project: JailhouseDrawings

Opening Reception: May 19th, 7PM

Amnesty International Firefly Project, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and ABC No Rio present an exhibition of drawings by prisoners from around the country and a series of Thursday-night events on prisoners rights.

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February 20, 2005

*Next Steps: An Open Forum

Project: AndSoForth

February 20, 5pm @ HERE Arts Space, 145 Sixth Ave at Spring St.
(C/E or 6 to Spring, 1/9 to Houston, or N/R to Prince)

Firefly Project invites you to an open conversation about where we go from here.

You met at the conference - now's the time to reaffirm the connections you made. You didn't make it to the conference - here's your chance to meet the people who did. Bring your project ideas: you want to build an activist community website? set up a once-and-for-all master listserve for the artist/activist community? organize a series of workshops on puppet-making? create a public art project on Wall Street? Now's the time to share and recruit!

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