The CSPA congratulates the second recipient of a CSPA Supports MicroGrant: Â Elizabeth English andÂ A Collection of Shiny ObjectsÂ in Brooklyn, NY for their original theater production ofÂ Goods & Services (The Walmart Project).
Goods & Services is a collaborative, semi-devised object theater piece that explores Americans’ relationhship with the buying and selling of consumer gods with a focus on the phenomenon of the “Big Box” store. Â The project will be developed and presented at the Henson PATCH (Puppetry at the Carriage House) in April 2012. Â The project will then move on to New York City early in 2013, with a goal of touring afterwards.
The theme of the project revolves around issues of American consumer culture, the buying and selling and life cycles of objects, and by extension the nature of the community formed by consumers and Walmart employees. Â The project reflects three facets of sustainability simultaneously: the environmental impact of consumer culture through theme, the economic impact of the “Big Box” store (and community impact), especially as it manifests in the current climate of economic crisis through story, and new models of sustainable creative space through process.
The recipient of Round Two of CSPA Supports has been selected by a small panel of adjudicators including Ian Garrett, Sarah Peterson, and Miranda Wright, based on the CSPA’s articulated grant guidelines. Â We are looking forward to Round Three!
More about A Collection of Shiny Objects here: Â http://www.collectshinyobjects.org
CSPA Supports is a micro-grant program for artists working in any facet of sustainability. Â Awards range from $200 to $1,000. Â Our next deadline is January 1st, 2012. Â Guidelines may be found at https://www.sustainablepractice.org/cspasupports/
Public Office for Architecture (POA) is a collaborative project situated at MoKS, Center for Arts and Social Practice in Mooste, Estonia. Â POA is an artistic practice conceived as a a nomadic architecture office. Â POA involves and engages the public with the built environment through architectural and artistic dialogue and intervention.