Sama sama/Together

by adminsusan on October 17, 2010


Collaboration Apotik Komik, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and members of Clarion Alley Mural Project, SF CA

conceived/directed Megan Wilson

Yogyakarta Indonesia (2003), catalogue cover

The catalogue Sama-sama/Together An International Exchange Project between Yogyakarta-San Francisco is currently available at Intersection for the Arts!! Catalogues are $30/each and all proceeds are going towards earthquake relief for the earthquake that hit Yogyakarta in May 2006 — there are still many people who are needing help with the rebuilding of their homes!!

From catalogue essay by Wilson:
Sama-sama/Together is an international collaboration and exchange project between community arts organizations and artists from San Francisco, California and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This project, co-sponsored by the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) and Intersection for the Arts, will feature the first murals to be created in San Francisco by Indonesian artists and the first major exhibition in the Bay Area to feature contemporary alternative work from Indonesia. Designed to foster understanding of contemporary art and culture between the two communities through the creation of new works, as well as through cross-cultural dialogue between participating artists and the public at large, this collaboration is especially timely given the great need for understanding and dialogue between Muslim and non-Muslim countries (Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world). Sama-sama/Together launched in July and August, 2003 as six Bay Area artists from the artists’ collective CAMP (Carolyn Castaño, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, Alicia McCarthy, Aaron Noble, Andrew J. Schoultz, Megan Wilson) traveled to Indonesia, and then in September and October, 2003 as four Yogyakarta artists from the artists’ collective Apotik Komik (Arie Dyanto, Samuel Indratma, Arya Panjalu, Nano Warsono) travel to the Bay Area. All of the participating artists in Sama-sama/Togehter work within similar aesthetics and methodologies – producing work influenced by comics and visual imagery found in the public sphere such as graffiti, advertising, and design. Whether individual artworks, large murals or public art projects, each of the artists individually and collectively make work responding to immediate social and political conditions. Sama-sama/Together provides the opportunity to learn how each culture has influenced and responded to the artwork being created – an experimental exchange that will generate fertile, cross-cultural dialogue amongst the communities of the Pacific Rim. The project encompasses the creation of public works (murals, performances, and installations), joint gallery exhibitions in each location, artists’ talks, and an evening of film/video presentations from each community. In San Francisco, all of the artists will present a gallery exhibition at Intersection (September 10 – October 25, 2003), and the Apotik Komik collective will create new public murals on Clarion Alley, outside of Southern Exposure, on LeBeau Nob Hill Market, Rainbow Grocery, and Sycamore Street, participate in an auction at Intersection, and visit classrooms at Bay Area schools. In addition, a catalogue will be produced to accompany the project.

APOTIK KOMIK is an artists’ collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Currently, Yogyakarta does not have an established public art program due to the socio-political climate that existed during the Suharto administration. However, as life has slowly been changing over the past five years, so too has the ability and desire to create public art. They work in public spaces such as empty walls and billboards – alternative spaces outside of the established gallery system. Working with humor and subversion, their work comments on the socio-political conditions of Indonesia. They often use cardboard and house paints, as traditional materials such as canvas and acrylic paints are prohibitively expensive. They also make comic books. Although Apotik Komik started in 1992, they became widely known in 1997 with a show that member Samuel Indratma organized called Apotik Komik that received a great deal of attention from the art community and the media. The overwhelmingly positive support reflected the needed voice that Apotik Komik has provided in Yogyakarta’s arts and greater community.

CLARION ALLEY MURAL PROJECT (CAMP) was established in October 1992 by a volunteer collective of six Mission residents: Aaron Noble, Michael O’Connor, Sebastiana Pastor, Rigo 92, Mary Gail Snyder, and Aracely Soriano. CAMP was directly inspired by the mural cluster in Balmy Alley focused on Central American social struggles. CAMP did not choose a single theme, however, instead focusing on the two goals of social inclusiveness and aesthetic variety. As a result CAMP has produced more than 100 murals on and around Clarion Alley by artists of all ages and all levels of experience, with an emphasis on emerging artists and new styles. Clarion Alley was a key site for the development of the aesthetic that has become known as the Mission School. Many of the artists who CAMP has worked with in the past decade have gone on to become highly regarded locally, nationally, and internationally, including Chuy Jesús Campusano; GIANT; Susan Greene; Maya Hayuk; Heart 101; Cliff Hengst; Marisa Hernandez; Scott Hewicker; Xylor Jane; Chris Johansen; Barry McGee; Ruby Neri; Sirron Norris; Isis Rodriguez; Scott Williams.

INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS is San Francisco’s oldest alternative art space – turning 38 in June 2003 – and has a long history of presenting new, experimental work in the fields of literature, theater, music, and the visual arts and also in supporting the Bay Area’s cultural community through service, technical support, and mentorship programs. Overall we are a rare organization. We do not have an artistic director because we believe that we can only continue to be a current, relevant, and strong community-based art space if we cultivate not one person’s vision but the vision of all the people who make an investment in the organization. Our mission is vested in the notion that art can provide powerful opportunities for people to exchange ideas and perspectives, encourage us to respond more critically to the world – to begin to reach for a future that is more hopeful, more inclusive, and more tolerant. We currently support and present work in six different program fields: Visual Arts, Literary (the oldest independent reading series in California), Theater, Jazz, Hybrid Project, and Fiscal Sponsorship to over 100 Bay Area artists.

Sama-sama/Together mural, (2003), Rainbow Grocery, San Francisco, CA

Movie Poster from Bioskop Permata


Fertile Ground Community Center and Guesthouse

by adminsusan on October 17, 2010

Fertile Ground Community Center and Guesthouse ~ 311 9th Ave SE ~ Olympia, WA 98501 ~ 360.352.2428

Since 2005, we’ve been serving the Olympia community as a non-profit. We exist to demonstrate sustainable technology and provide meeting space for creation, education and celebration. Our mission is to provide access to resources that enhance the life of the Olympia community.  The site models organic gardening, composting, decorating and remodeling with recycled materials, while providing resources for wellness, entrepreneurship and activism.

We are always looking for partners and collaborators in the adventures of creating a sustainable city. Please see our website and below for current list of opportunities to connect with us.  All of them will bring you satisfaction and connections to the earth, our neighbors and your own creativity

Title Project Description Skills Needed Timeline
GardenerApply! Our grounds give a gardening student a myriad of things to learn and do. From planting to utilization, there’s so much to experience from these Fertile Grounds…not to mention lots to eat. A desire to learn and an eagerness to get dirty is all that’s needed to learn to be a great gardener here. We also have opportunities with bamboo. Fall 2010
Video EditorApply! Update the Fertile Ground DVD. Existing video covers 8 years of history of Fertile Ground. We have a 6 minute video (made with both iMovie and Final Cut Pro) that doesn’t include enough footage, and needs to have captions and voice-overs added. This is a collaborative work with musicians, etc. Computer proficiency (Mac, PC or Linux), digital video editing, some design skills. Good communication skills. Time management skills will be developed during the project. Present & Ongoing
Puppeteer for NVCApply! Promote Non-Violent Communication through puppet shows. Learn the basics of NVC, write scripts, make puppets and perform puppet shows at Fertile Ground.
See NVC website.
Possible debut at ArtsWalk in April.
Creativity, interest in communicating a message through the puppetry medium, script writing and set design skills, puppet making or fiber art skills. A familiarity with NVC would be great, but would be supplied. Present & Ongoing
Community Asset MapperApply! Help close a gap in the community with respect to sharing resources and skills. Collaborate with others to create a skill sharing database in order to increase community resilience.
Student representation from TESC seems essential.
Good skills in communication, meetings, phone call making. Database skills would be a big plus. TULIP, Enterprise for Equity and the NW Cooperative Development Center are all on board to begin this project. Present & Ongoing
Survey DesignersApply! Work with staff to develop a survey and/or interview that attempts to gather data about the effectiveness of our services. Once the data is collected, we’ll find ways to report the findings that would be easy to understand by anyone. Background or education in data collection and research using surveys and ethnographies. Should have good phone skills and a willingness to connect with people. Web skills and database skills are a plus. Fall 2010
Graphical DesignerApply! Develop organization’s promotional print materials: brochures, kiosk signage and tabling materials. Help this non-profit community center share its vision and describe its services to a wide range of people using print material. Computer proficiency (Mac, PC or Linux), photo editing, some layout design skills. Good communication skills. Time management skills will be developed during the project. Present & Ongoing

We love to barter here at Fertile Ground.

We can offer you:

  • Sauna time
  • Overnight lodging
  • Tuition to classes
  • Produce from our garden
We are looking for:

  • Firewood
  • Construction work
  • Pruning
  • Woodchips
  • Window washing
  • Massage



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Live Audio Files on Extension Numbers:

050- Black Student union

068– Baladna and DAM

021- KOWA                                                

069– Break the Silence

031- Books to Prisoners 076- Anarchists against the wall

037– Pastors for Peace

077- Gail Trembly

051– POWER

080- Ibdaa

055– Asia Aamer

096- Leonard Peltier


112– Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca

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Hani Abu Amara, Rafah, Gaza

by adminsusan on September 30, 2010

Artist from Rafah, Gaza Strip.  Member of Palestine Artists’ Union, Rafah Branch.


The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project, co-produced by Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, was made possible by  the collective effort of more than150 groups and individuals–from local to global, from Olympia, Washington to Rafah, Palestine, from Turtle Island to Latin America to Sri Lanka and Indonesia to  Derry, Ireland to Tel Aviv, Israel.

This multi-media project aims to build relationships across movements, cultures and great distances.  It honors those who have lost their lives striving for liberation, and seeks to strengthen and make more visible the efforts of some of the many organizations and individuals who dare to imagine a different world.


Palestine Youth Center and Majed Shala, Gaza

by adminsusan on August 20, 2010

Info on Palestine Youth Center coming soon.


Born in 1960 in Gaza, Shala graduated with a Master of Arts from Scranton University, USA in 2001. Shala’s work has been shown in a number of solo exhibitions, including Suwar min Gaza, in Beirut, Lebanon (2004) and Gaza Hanin il Makan, at the Arts and Crafts village in Gaza (2003). Between 2000 and 2001, he attended Jordan’s Daaret Al Funun academy. His international exhibitions have included in the Middle East ,USA, South Africa, Hungary, Brazil, Amman Jordan, and Qatar. Most recently he has participated in exhibitions in Italy and Norway and also with the United Nations.


The place is restricted by us. The ideas is crowded by us. So we go together to think how to come out to the “other” and to breath through small windows. We want to say our word in this narrow place “Gaza” through our cultural artistic language to communicate with others. Many details fill the place “Gaza” and we try to make it in new descriptive colors


Handala, Naji Al Ali, Palestine

by adminsusan on August 20, 2010

Naji Al-Ali on Handala

“The child Handala is my signature, everyone asks me about him wherever I go. I gave birth to this child in the Gulf and I presented him to the people. His name is Handala and he has promised the people that he will remain true to himself. I drew him as a child who is not beautiful; his hair is like the hair of a hedgehog who uses his thorns as a weapon. Handala is not a fat, happy, relaxed, or pampered child. He is barefooted like the refugee camp children, and he is an icon that protects me from making mistakes. Even though he is rough, he smells of amber. His hands are clasped behind his back as a sign of rejection at a time when solutions are presented to us the American way.”

Handala was born ten years old, and he will always be ten years old. At that age, I left my homeland, and when he returns, Handala will still be ten, and then he will start growing up. The laws of nature do not apply to him. He is unique. Things will become normal again when the homeland returns.

I presented him to the poor and named him Handala as a symbol of bitterness. At first, he was a Palestinian child, but his consciousness developed to have a national and then a global and human horizon. He is a simple yet tough child, and this is why people adopted him and felt that he represents their consciousness.”

“At first he was a Palestinian child, but his consciousness developed to have a national then a global and human horizon. He is a simple yet tough child, and this is why people adopted him and felt that he represents their consciousness.”

For Further Reading and Reference


Project Souarna, Wehdat Refugee Camp, Amman, Jordan

by adminsusan on August 20, 2010


Project Souarna (Soo-War-Na) = Our Photos

Project Souarna is a photography program designed to foster youth leadership and creativity. We conduct workshops for displaced youth living in and near al Wehdat refugee camp in Amman, Jordan.


The U.S. media continually portrays Arabs in the Middle East through one lens; therefore Project Souarna was founded to provide a different lens, one through the eye of a child in the region. Project Souarna focuses on photography because it is a tool that can be employed as a technical skill as well as an opportunity to draw attention to often neglected voices.

Project Souarna began in December 2008 by Aisha Mershani, who wanted to share her skills as a photographer. Through the months the Project Team was assembled, photographer Iman al Dabbagh, artist Susu Attar, educator Mark Gonzalez, photographer April Banks, and the graphic designer Sarah Fakhouri. The Project works on a team mentality, all work equally to share their skills and make the Project the best it can be.

Jordan was chosen as the location due to it hosting the largest refugee population in the Middle East. A large number of the refugee populations are children. Many children attend the facilities of Relief International, housed in various camps around Amman.

Relief International is a co-sponsor of the Project; the facilities used for the courses are located at the Relief International-Schools Online Wehdat Digital Community Center, in Al Wehdat Refugee Camp, Amman Jordan.


The purpose of Project Souarna is to provide refugee youth living in and near al Wehdat refugee camp in Amman, Jordan the opportunity to expand their creative and journalistic skills by way of photography. By teaching photography to youth we are able to catch a glimpse of their reality, create a space for the youth to independently express themselves, and develop an employable skill among youth as a means of economic empowerment.


The structure of the workshop is sculpted in the spirit of leadership training programs. The purpose of the curriculum is to teach future teachers (students in the workshops), equipping the youth with the tools to continue the program after the end of their training. Our curriculum is built to foster individual creativity and leadership. We seek to encourage youth participation in the organizational process, further influencing their leadership capabilities.

At the end of the project, students in the current course will have the opportunity to carry on the project in the future at the Relief International facilities. RI has agreed to continue to open the space and house the equipment, allowing it to remain accessible to the youth after the workshop. This ensures the momentum from the workshop will not be lost, as access to the materials will remain in the participants’ reach.

Program: Four-Phase Project

Phase 1: Project Souarna began on July 20, 2009. For one month, students participated in an intensive photography course led by professional international photographers and artists. At the end of the workshop on August 12th, the students had their opening for their group photography exhibition at Darat al Tasweer Gallery, the exhibition will stay up until Sept. 12th, 2009. The photos are also exhibited at the Al-Wehdat Sports Club from August 13th, 2009- September 2nd, 2009.

Phase 2: September 2nd will begin the next phase of the Project; instructors will already have left their students to capture their lives and create a narrative to share with the world. During this time four local photographers will assist in guiding the students in their photographic needs. Students will meet weekly with the volunteer photographers to assist in their process.

Phase 3: December 2009 the photographers will reunite with the students in Amman to conduct another class. The winter course will focus on post processing. The independent work of the students will be chosen and exhibited in Amman.

Phase 4: After the initial launch exhibition in Amman, the exhibit will travel to various cities throughout the U.S. and Europe.



Chito, Chiapas, Mexico

by adminsusan on August 1, 2010

Chito, artist from Chiapas, Mexico

Film:  “Zapatistas” by Big Noise Productions

Produced/Directed: Benjamin Eichert, Richard Rowley, State Sandberg
Editors: Media Boutique
Narrators: Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Geronimo Pratt, Mumia Abu-Jamal

January1, 1994. The day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. A few minutes after midnight in Southeastern Mexico,several thousand Mayan soldiers take over haf the state of Chiapas,declaring a war against the global corporate power they say rules Mexico. They call themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army(EZLN).

Zapatista is the definitive look at the uprising in Chiapas. It is the story of a Mayan peasant rebellion armed with sticks and their word against a first world military. It is the story of a global movement that has fought 175,000 federal troops to a stand stilland transformed Mexican and international political culture forever.

Featuring Interviews with: Subcomandante Marcos, Noam Chomsky, Comandante Tacho,David and Zebedeo, Mayor Insurgente Ana Maria, Javier Elorriaga, Zachde la Rocha.