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The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) hosted an event on January 2nd at Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays, that caught my attention.

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is NOT a government agency. It is the nation’s newest people-powered department, founded on the truth that art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change. Radically inclusive, useful and sustainable, and vibrantly playful, the USDAC aims to spark a grassroots, creative change movement, engaging millions in performing and creating a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination. 

In the museum’s beautiful Beaux-Arts Court the USDAC set up a range of art making activities conceived to imagine the future of New York City, which is currently in the midst of an unprecedented affordable housing crisis. There was a Letters to the Future station, where people could write to a friend or loved one in the year 2036, telling them how they helped to keep New York City affordable. While the solutions to our housing crisis are so much more complex than the actions of individuals, posing the question is valuable. What kind of a city do we want in the future and what can we do collectively to make it so?

Happy 2016!

I love when several people alert me to the same article because it makes me feel like y’all got my back. Thank you! So here it is, a link to an opinion piece by Zeynep Tufekci in yesterday’s New York Times titled, “Why The Post Office Makes America Great.” I appreciate Tufeksi’s perspective on the relationship between infrastructure and innovation in our country. And while I tend to want more public funding for infrastructure, especially for train travel, its good to be reminded that there would be no internet without the federal research funding that brought it to life and there’d be no internet economy without the USPS to guarantee delivery.