Mosaic Literary Conference 2019: Another Country

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Bronx Museum of the Arts

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Mosaic Literary Conference provides a platform for literature-based creative thinking and knowledge sharing.

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How would James Baldwin confront the ongoing environmental crisis that has disproportionately impacted the health and resiliency of Black lives; and what would be his expectations of writers, artists, politicians and all “relatively conscious” individuals during this critical period of time?

In working with the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, the 2019 Mosaic Literary Conference explores how our literary community can interact and collaborate with garden communities to explore ways that urban dwellers can reclaim green consciousness, advocate for food sovereignty, and defend the environment that we rely upon for our health and survival.

We encourage the attendance of educators, parents, students, and local residents.


11-1130a Registration

1130-12pm Plenary


PANEL: Making Dollars and Healthy Choices

In the wake of relentless capitalism, how can we introduce healthy local options into our diet that are part of a sustainable business model. This panel invites local food entrepreneurs to examine how capitalism, development, and gentrification affects their business models.

• William Bryant, Juiceade

• Daniel Maloney, Sol Cacao

• kidandfro, The Vegan Sorceress

• Branden Janese, moderator

WORKSHOP: Finding Garden Community -James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center

JBOLC will be offering a sensibility workshop stimulating participants with patterns of a garden community and encouraging them to reflect on outdoor education.


PANEL: Believing in the Land

How can we overcome psychological and physical barriers in order to return to the land? How can local citizens be more empowered to take action in their communities? This panel will explore the ongoing dialogue between urban communities and the desire to stay connected to the land we inhabit.

• Karen Washington, cofounder Black Urban Growers

• Ray Figueroa, Jr., Pratt Institute

• Kadeesha Williams, Bronx Green-up

• Ray Putinas, moderator


2-3pm LUNCH will be provided to conference attendees


Artifacts of Nature with Ray Putinas

Where and how do you find home in nature? We are asking attendees to bring an "artifact of nature" to the conference. This could be an object, a shell, a stone, a photograph, a poem, a memory, a seed - something that represents your relationship to the natural environment or something that build a personal narrative to the land, the soil, the earth - either from the past or from the present. During lunch, attendees will be invited to share stories with one another and explore ways this artifact is or can become a lens to further meditation, reflection, and writing.


PANEL: Earth to Earth: Urban Farming Economics

What are the economics and benefits to sustaining urban agriculture? This panel invites several New York based farmers to explore their roles in building an economic model based on equitable community access to green spaces and organic food.

• Yemi Amu, Oko Farms

• Bronx Hot Sauce

• Noah Sheetz, Chefs Collaborative

• Ron Kavanaugh, moderator

WORKSHOP: Youth Will Be Served: Morris High School Campus Garden

Carmen Bardeguez-Brown and students of Morris Campus Farm will discuss and give guidance on how to start school-based farms and grow economic and vocational opportunities In one of the country's poorest school districts.


KEYNOTE: Onika Abraham, Director of Farm School NYC


The Mosaic Literary Conference seeks to interrogate access and resistance to healthy food and urban agriculture as we explore the health, social, and environmental ramifications of our dependence on profit driven, industrialized food systems. Our examination will be done within the context of contemporary literary and cultural texts and personal storytelling through a framework of environmental sustainability and justice while honoring local histories and cultures. How can we leverage conference ideals to reintroduce marginalized communities who, due to historical enslavement and discriminatory practices, were at one time both closer to and disenfranchised from land, farming, and the environment. MLC will also explore how environmentally conscious people, especially those who are subjected to discriminatory practices, have reembraced nature as an essential source for cultural and community cohesion, renewal of health, and proliferation of spirit.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, Humanities New York, and donations. In kind support provided by the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

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