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Article on First Street Green Featured in New Interdisciplinary e-Journal

We Came, We Saw, We Helped

Ann Shostrom, assistant professor of art, has written an article on First Street Green featured in Public: A Journal of Imagining America, a new interdisciplinary e-journal produced by the national consortium Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.

First Street Green (FSG), founded by Shostrom and John Bowman, professor of art, is a group of community residents who came together in 2008 to transform a vacant lot in New York City's East Village from a rat habitat into a maintainable plaza and cultural space/Open Art Park. A video embedded in the article captures the creativity of collaborative problem solving. It was made during the BMW Guggenheim Lab in 2011 by Penn State School of Visual Arts graduate students Ian Brill, Michael Collins, and Ee Ching Ng. FSG supports the Open Art Park by providing programming for and with the community, focusing on cultural and educational events involving all of the arts, while also serving as a public forum for ideas. Click here to learn more about First Street Green.  To view the complete story and video, please visit:

Photo Caption: We Came, We Saw, We Helped.  Featured Left to Right: Candice Ng, Ghislaine Fremaux, Michael Collins, Emma Adair, John Bowman, Ann Shostrom, Alicia Brogan, and Brooklyn Simmons

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