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May 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Zoom
Yarn Storming

Yarn storming is a form of street art created by artist Magda Sayag over ten years ago. Today artists all over the world are using yarn storming as a way of beautifying public space, elevate what’s traditionally been considered women’s work, and subvert the mundane. South of Downtown is working with community partners to use yarn storming to beautify alleys along 11th Street. In the true nature of fiber street art, we will cover poles and street lights in alleys with knit and crocheted swatches to personalize our unique urban landscape.

All experience levels are welcome, including beginners! If you are an experienced fiber artist you are welcome to work independently according to various provided dimensions (and we will help with any questions!). This is a virtual open studio via Zoom so you may attend as many or as few classes as you would like. All materials provided upon request for residents in the Near South and Everett Neighborhoods.

Register by April 22nd to receive a free kit. Others may participate with personal materials. You do not need to be a resident of South of Downtown to participate! There is rolling registration for anyone who does not need a free kit. Please still register as this helps us track how well we are serving our neighbors!

Instructor Bio:
Lesley Darling is a native of Lincoln, whose love of fiber has led her to sheep farms in Wales, weaving studios in Sweden, and folk schools around the US. She loves to teach beginners and advanced students in a fun, accessible manner. In addition to historical and regional knitting and weaving techniques, she works in traditional hand spinning, and locally grows and forages botanical dyes. She has worked alongside renowned knitter Nancy Bush learning Estonian techniques, dyed with Shetland's textile historian Elizabeth Johnston, and taught workshops throughout the Midwest and Appalachia.

Register by emailing kat@lincolnsouthdowntown.org

Free materials registration deadline: April 22nd
Rolling registration if you do not need a free materials kit!

To participate in the virtual studio time you will need to have access to a laptop, phone, or tablet. We recommend video calling into the class. If you wish to receive materials but have no way of video calling, you may also do that if you are resident of the focus area.

Monday, May 11, 2020
7:00 pm8:30 pm
2000 D St., Lincoln, NE
Near South Neighborhood Association Regular Meeting

Regular Near South Neighborhood Association board meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Zoom
Yarn Storming

Yarn storming is a form of street art created by artist Magda Sayag over ten years ago. Today artists all over the world are using yarn storming as a way of beautifying public space, elevate what’s traditionally been considered women’s work, and subvert the mundane. South of Downtown is working with community partners to use yarn storming to beautify alleys along 11th Street. In the true nature of fiber street art, we will cover poles and street lights in alleys with knit and crocheted swatches to personalize our unique urban landscape.

All experience levels are welcome, including beginners! If you are an experienced fiber artist you are welcome to work independently according to various provided dimensions (and we will help with any questions!). This is a virtual open studio via Zoom so you may attend as many or as few classes as you would like. All materials provided upon request for residents in the Near South and Everett Neighborhoods.

Register by April 22nd to receive a free kit. Others may participate with personal materials. You do not need to be a resident of South of Downtown to participate! There is rolling registration for anyone who does not need a free kit. Please still register as this helps us track how well we are serving our neighbors!

Instructor Bio:
Lesley Darling is a native of Lincoln, whose love of fiber has led her to sheep farms in Wales, weaving studios in Sweden, and folk schools around the US. She loves to teach beginners and advanced students in a fun, accessible manner. In addition to historical and regional knitting and weaving techniques, she works in traditional hand spinning, and locally grows and forages botanical dyes. She has worked alongside renowned knitter Nancy Bush learning Estonian techniques, dyed with Shetland's textile historian Elizabeth Johnston, and taught workshops throughout the Midwest and Appalachia.

Register by emailing kat@lincolnsouthdowntown.org

Free materials registration deadline: April 22nd
Rolling registration if you do not need a free materials kit!

To participate in the virtual studio time you will need to have access to a laptop, phone, or tablet. We recommend video calling into the class. If you wish to receive materials but have no way of video calling, you may also do that if you are resident of the focus area.

Monday, May 18, 2020
6:30 pm7:30 pm
F Street Recreation Center, Lincoln, NE
Everett Neighborhood Association Regular Meeting

Regular Everett Neighborhood Association board meeting

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Zoom
Yarn Storming

Yarn storming is a form of street art created by artist Magda Sayag over ten years ago. Today artists all over the world are using yarn storming as a way of beautifying public space, elevate what’s traditionally been considered women’s work, and subvert the mundane. South of Downtown is working with community partners to use yarn storming to beautify alleys along 11th Street. In the true nature of fiber street art, we will cover poles and street lights in alleys with knit and crocheted swatches to personalize our unique urban landscape.

All experience levels are welcome, including beginners! If you are an experienced fiber artist you are welcome to work independently according to various provided dimensions (and we will help with any questions!). This is a virtual open studio via Zoom so you may attend as many or as few classes as you would like. All materials provided upon request for residents in the Near South and Everett Neighborhoods.

Register by April 22nd to receive a free kit. Others may participate with personal materials. You do not need to be a resident of South of Downtown to participate! There is rolling registration for anyone who does not need a free kit. Please still register as this helps us track how well we are serving our neighbors!

Instructor Bio:
Lesley Darling is a native of Lincoln, whose love of fiber has led her to sheep farms in Wales, weaving studios in Sweden, and folk schools around the US. She loves to teach beginners and advanced students in a fun, accessible manner. In addition to historical and regional knitting and weaving techniques, she works in traditional hand spinning, and locally grows and forages botanical dyes. She has worked alongside renowned knitter Nancy Bush learning Estonian techniques, dyed with Shetland's textile historian Elizabeth Johnston, and taught workshops throughout the Midwest and Appalachia.

Register by emailing kat@lincolnsouthdowntown.org

Free materials registration deadline: April 22nd
Rolling registration if you do not need a free materials kit!

To participate in the virtual studio time you will need to have access to a laptop, phone, or tablet. We recommend video calling into the class. If you wish to receive materials but have no way of video calling, you may also do that if you are resident of the focus area.

Sunday, May 24, 2020
3:00 pm4:30 pm
Zoom
Power and Poetry

Power and Poetry, a four-week course taught by Ángel García, will focus on the importance of our neighborhoods and communities and the ways in which those places have shaped our lives. Together, we will explore our homes, our neighborhoods, and our communities to reveal what we enjoy about where we live and what we would want to change about where we live. We will explore various poetic techniques and forms, read poems from contemporary poets living in various places around the world, and use both visual images and our imaginations to write poems that tell the stories of our neighborhood. This course is open to all experience levels. While the course will be mostly taught in English, Ángel speaks both English and Spanish and will encourage students to write in their preferred language.
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Poesía y poder, un curso de cuatro semanas impartido por Ángel García, se centrará en la importancia de nuestros vecindarios y comunidades y las formas esos lugares han moldeado nuestras vidas. Juntos, exploraremos nuestros hogares, nuestros vecindarios y nuestras comunidades para revelar lo que disfrutamos de dónde vivimos y lo que nos gustaría cambiar sobre dónde vivimos. Exploraremos diversas técnicas y formas poéticas, leeremos poemas de poetas contemporáneos que viven en varios lugares del mundo y usaremos imágenes visuales y nuestra imaginación para escribir poemas que cuenten las historias de nuestro vecindario. Este curso está abierto a todos los niveles de experiencia. Mientras que el curso será impartido en su mayoría en Inglés, Ángel habla Inglés y Español y alentará a los estudiantes a escribir en su idioma preferido.
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If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to email at kat@lincolnsouthdowntown.org.

Monday, May 25, 2020
5:00 pm6:15 pm
1247 S 11th St.
Creative Programs Committee Meeting

Every month the CPC meets to discuss how we can utilize art and artists to build community in the Near South and Everett Neighborhoods. If you are resident or stakeholder passionate about art and/or community building we love to see you!

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Give to Lincoln Day!

Support our work by donating on Give to Lincoln Day!

From now until Give to Lincoln Day on May 28th, you can donate to the South of Downtown Art Hub to help build opportunity and community pride in the Everett and Near South neighborhoods!

We at South of Downtown CDO are amazed every day at the vibrancy and resilience of the neighborhoods we serve. Our Art Hub is an intersectional space dedicated to enriching the lives of our neighbors through public art and placemaking, grassroots community organizing, and educational opportunity. All of our programs are born from the community so that our neighbors are active participants in shaping their own narratives and futures.

The neighborhoods we serve are home to many languages, and art has the power to speak to them all. Art is a universal form of human expression and connection, and with your help, we can use it to transform our social landscape. Your donation will help us build pride in our communities and develop sustainable solutions to the challenges our communities face.

At the Art Hub, we celebrate diversity. Folks from all over our neighborhoods come together to create, share, and learn. We host free, accessible programming for all ages, including our 2nd Friday Art Walks, Maker’s Markets, mural projects, educational workshops, yoga classes, community meetings, and more.

Your contribution will allow us to:

Support local teaching artists
Provide materials for classes and community art projects
Increase accessibility through language interpretation
Expand our programming to reach all communities in the south of downtown neighborhoods
At the South of Downtown Art Hub, we believe that art has the power to transform not only the visual landscape but our social fabric.

In the words of Theaster Gates, a transformative artist in community organizing, “beauty is a basic human service,” and it is one we are ecstatic to provide.

Sunday, May 31, 2020
3:00 pm4:30 pm
Zoom
Power and Poetry

Power and Poetry, a four-week course taught by Ángel García, will focus on the importance of our neighborhoods and communities and the ways in which those places have shaped our lives. Together, we will explore our homes, our neighborhoods, and our communities to reveal what we enjoy about where we live and what we would want to change about where we live. We will explore various poetic techniques and forms, read poems from contemporary poets living in various places around the world, and use both visual images and our imaginations to write poems that tell the stories of our neighborhood. This course is open to all experience levels. While the course will be mostly taught in English, Ángel speaks both English and Spanish and will encourage students to write in their preferred language.
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Poesía y poder, un curso de cuatro semanas impartido por Ángel García, se centrará en la importancia de nuestros vecindarios y comunidades y las formas esos lugares han moldeado nuestras vidas. Juntos, exploraremos nuestros hogares, nuestros vecindarios y nuestras comunidades para revelar lo que disfrutamos de dónde vivimos y lo que nos gustaría cambiar sobre dónde vivimos. Exploraremos diversas técnicas y formas poéticas, leeremos poemas de poetas contemporáneos que viven en varios lugares del mundo y usaremos imágenes visuales y nuestra imaginación para escribir poemas que cuenten las historias de nuestro vecindario. Este curso está abierto a todos los niveles de experiencia. Mientras que el curso será impartido en su mayoría en Inglés, Ángel habla Inglés y Español y alentará a los estudiantes a escribir en su idioma preferido.
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If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to email at kat@lincolnsouthdowntown.org.

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