New Village Press : Building Community with Books

"A Lot in Common" at Oakland Public Library

The Temescal District's own non-profit publisher, New Village Press, will host a morning writer's workshop led by one of its authors, film showings, inluding the feature "A Lot in Common," a documentary on community gardens & the short films "Green Schoolyards," "The Barefoot Artist" (clip), & "By Heart: Spoon Jackson" followed by afternoon presentations by its authors and a general introduction to community building, the main mission of the press and its sponsoring organization, Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR).

Anticipated Schedule

Writing for Social Change Workshop and Introductions

Revitalizing Community Spaces through Nature and Art

  • 1:00pm-2:00pm: "A Lot in Common" - Feature film about creating community gardens and other shared spaces.
  • 2:15pm-2:30pm: "Green Schoolyards" - Short film about transforming school grounds into ecological oases
  • 2:35pm-3:00pm: "The Barefoot Artist" - Clip from feature film about the life of Lily Yeh and the Dandelion School

Community-Based Arts

Two-Person Memoir: Telling a Prison Story

  • 3:30pm-4:00pm: "By Heart-Spoon Jackson" - short film
    • Featured Book: By Heart by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson
    • Guest Author: Judith Tannenbaum
    • Additional Book: American Tensions

Power of the Arts to Heal Conflict and Trauma

  • 4:00pm-4:30pm: "Acting Together on the World Stage" - Clip from feature film about the Acting Together Project
    • Featured Book: Acting Together, volumes 1 & 2, edited by Cynthia E. Cohen, Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, and Polly O. Walker
    • Guest Author: Roberto Gutiérrez Varea
    • Additional Book: Art and Upheaval

Community Resiliency: Fresh Perspectives on Urban Public Space



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Temescal Branch

5205 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 597-5049