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Tune into The Artsy Fartsy Show on 99.5FM WBAI tomorrow as we talk about Housing…..

First on tomorrows program….Housing Is A Human Right.

Produced by Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone, Housing Is A Human Right is an ongoing documentary portrait of the struggle for home. Composed of oral narratives and photographs, along with testimonies and memories of home, woven and remixed, this international collection of viscerally honest, first-person narratives aims to serve as a reminder that home is as tenuous a space as the shelter that sustains it.

Sign informing Laundromat patrons at a Fort Greene Laundromat exhibit of HHR

Housing Is A Human Right creates a space for people to share stories of their community and ongoing experiences trying to obtain or maintain a place to call Home. They are building a collection of intimate, viscerally honest narratives exploring the complex fabric of community and the human right to housing and land.

While the government puts out binary statistics on homelessness—as if one either simply has a home, or doesn’t—thousands more struggle and hustle every day to maintain meager, sometimes makeshift shelter that falls short of a “home.” These are the voices drowning in the cracks of a country, and a world, where the tired and poor masses now huddle on the corner.

Beginning Housing is Human Right in New York, Brooklyn-based artists Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone chronicle the lives of these individuals: A woman whose dream home was foreclosed on while she battled cervical cancer. A small business owner on the verge of buying her first home spirals into debt after her successful store is displaced to make way for luxury apartments. A slumlord quietly moves an elderly couple’s belongings, piece by piece, from their home of 20 years into a barely habitable apartment to make room for higher paying tenants.

A Senior Tells His Story For The Project

All stories are recorded in sound and images and will be archived and broadcast through a variety of traditional and new media outlets and public exhibitions, with a strong interest in contributing to organizing, advocacy, and education campaigns. Our growing list of community partners include Picture the Homeless, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), Pratt Area Community Council and the National Economic and Social Rights initiative (NESRI).

The project has exhibited stories through public exhibitions, film festivals, events, screenings and listenings. We launched with nearly a dozen audio stories and photographs at Wash and Play Lotto Laundromat, a functioning coin-op, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in Fall 2009, sponsored in part by The Laundromat Project. The project has since shown at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, SUPERFRONT Gallery, Adriala Gallery, and Chashama Studios as part of “Art as Action” program of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone are independent producers who are dedicated to drawing on the rich traditions of oral history to illuminate the experiences of people living in the darker corners of society. Their goal is to modernize traditional methods of oral history by “remixing” the findings—audio narratives photographs–into public art installations and perfomances that speak back to the neighborhoods from which they came.

For more information on Housing Is A Human Right, listen to tomorrow’s show, or visit Housing Is A Human Right.

Tomorrow, we’ll also reconnect with Artists Zefrey Throwell on his artistic expirement of taking on the city one new housing situation at a time…

Last time Zefrey was on the Artist Fartsy Show he began to embark on his adventure which he has entitled:  WHY NOT TAKE ALL OF ME NYC? Where each month for a year he finds a new place to live, out of the way, and off the beaten path of exclusive New York City neighborhoods. In November during our Thanksgiving Program, The New Wampanoag, Zefrey was living on a boat in Sheepshed Bay.

This is also what Zefrey has been up to…

Next, we’ll share with you: Esther Robinson and ArtHome

ArtHome was created out of a desire to build a cultural support program that could provide innovative stabilization to the financial lives of individual artists.

ArtHome founder Esther Robinson became intimately aware of the financial reality of working artists’ lives during her seven-year tenure at The Creative Capital Foundation. As one of the principal architects of Creative Capital’s innovative grant-making system and a program officer overseeing film video and the performing arts, Esther traveled the nation meeting and speaking with thousands of artists. Her close collaboration nationally with funders and artists and her annual adjudication of up to 1800 Creative Capital grant proposals (of which only two dozen would see funding), led her to question whether traditional grantmaking was the only way to support a stable and thriving culture sector in America.

Recognizing the crucial role that financial solvency and home ownership had played in the lives of successful artists she had met across the country, Esther became convinced that asset-building should be a vital component of a new support system for the arts. Determined to build a program that makes measurable change in the lives of individual artists, has broad impact regardless of aesthetic or cultural trends, and that builds vital communities both in and outside the cultural sector, Esther founded ArtHome.

Hear more on tomorrow’s program and visit the ArtHome website, here!

Three great stories, one great show! We promise! SEE YOU TOMORROW ARTSY FARTSY LISTENERS!