Teaching a Civic Engagement Workshop at the Women’s Center for Creative Work on October 16

The Women’s Center for Creative Work, or WCCW, is a nonprofit organization which cultivates LA’s Feminist Creative Communities and Practices. Their fall 2016 programming is focused on Civic Engagement, and I’m pleased to be teaching the following workshop (I’ll post details on how to sign up later this month, and you can learn about the WCCW HERE):

Feminism, Birding & Unexpected Models for Community Based Change
Bring your binoculars, notebooks, and cameras!

Bring your binoculars, notebooks, and cameras to this active workshop exploring the feminist origins of popular birding in the U.S. and the impact of birding, in turn, on how we civically engage to enact change.

We’ll start at the WCCW with a little history and then head out to the LA River where we’ll walk, observe, and periodically stop and talk about unexpected models for community based change, beginning with the relationship between the simple act of enjoying birds and the environmental conservation movement, and including contemporary examples from across Los Angeles.

Participants will be encouraged to develop their own ideas for unexpected civic engagement projects and outline plans to make them a reality by the end of the workshop. They’ll also, hopefully, have a great record of birds sighted along the way!