We met Make It Happen client Josephine Decker at Figment on Governor’s Island a few weeks ago and talked about the screenplay she wanted to make happen.
Last week, Josephine got in touch about applying the Make It Happen approach to something a little larger, namely the BP oil spill in the gulf. Josephine has created a performance piece about the spill which is taking place this week, Tuesday June 29 to Saturday July 3, 2010 in Times Square.
The piece involves dancers balancing buckets of oil on their heads (okay, its actually blackened water since oil is toxic). It also involves a Make it Happen element, with Josephine and her collaborators talking to pedestrians about what they can do about the spill, oil use, and climate change more generally.
Can individuals really make it happen for the environment? Does changing our personal habits work, or do we need to make it happen at a larger level, by working on policy, industries, and big organizational cleanup projects? Go to Times Square this week and talk about it with Josephine. Make it happen, make us proud!!
Visit http://spilloversquared.tumblr.com/ for more details, and check out
http://www.youtube.com/spilloversquared for video from the event
We made it happen again, at Figment on Governor’s Island, Saturday June 12.
The range of clients and projects was fantastic, and somewhat different from our previous outings at Flux Factory and the Lost Horizon Night Market. Whereas those events were at night and attended mostly by artists and party people, Governor’s Island attracted a more diverse audience, including some downright normal folks.
But everyone has something that they want to make happen, and Saturday’s attendees were no exception. Things that people wanted to make happen this time around included:
– Becoming the skippers of a ship and sail in open water.
– Being a more disciplined actress.
– Reviving a business.
– Having more shared experiences.
– Finishing a film.
– Finding a partner.
– Making thanksgiving dinner in a stone house for friends and family!
– Finishing a film script.
– A prototype to redefine the transfer of knowledge and save the world.
– Mission statement for a theater company.
It was a truly inspiring, energizing day. In fact we were so involved with people making it happen that we neglected to take any pictures of our cozy porch in Nolan Park. So if you’ve got photos, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We received some truly exciting feedback from Trevor last week. He reports that he is in the midst of making it happen.
His dream was to make “the excitable woman” happen. Do I know what the excitable woman is? Not entirely. Does it matter? Not at all.
“I would have made it happen had I not encountered a SNAFU in my piece and a circuit did not work as planned. Once I find a specialist to help, I will definitely make it happen.”
Folks, Trevor is dutifully making it happen. He needs an electrician. Who can help?
Coming tomorrow, an update from Make It Happen’s exciting outing to Governor’s Island for Figment.
Make It Happen is happening again! Join us on Saturday June 12 on Governor’s Island at Figment, an annual celebration of creative culture.
We will be Making it Happen on the porch of a lovely old house in an area of Governor’s Island called Nolan Park. We’ll be there from noon to 5PM, Saturday only.
See you there!
These ladies made it happen on Governor's Island!
Photos stolen from Governor’s Island Preservation and Education Corporation