Skills Swap & Idea Party — NYC

Skills Swap & Idea Party

A Collaboration of and Chanika Svetvilas
Tuesday, June 29, 6-9pm – FREE

TALLLER BORICUA galleries at the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 & 106 Streets, NYC
Light refreshments will be served.

SKILLS SWAP – 6-7:30pm: Seek and you shall find! Meet other people interested in bartering skills and exchanging experiences or expertise.

IDEA PARTY – 7:30-9pm: Want feedback on an idea? Each person has 10 minutes to present an idea and get feedback from the group.

Visit to sign up! Please RSVP by June 25

WHAT IS A SKILLS SWAP? At the Skills Swap you will have the opportunity to exchange 1-3 skills or services for another. Think of what you’re looking for, and hopefully you’ll find it. For instance, you could trade sewing for dog walking. And if you sew, you can offer to teach the skill or hem or tailor one piece of clothing.

Guests will write the skills they would like to share and what they are seeking on label tags. Each person will be given 3 popsicle sticks to list the skill or service and contact information to exchange with others during the evening. Participants will have the opportunity to continue to barter through, an online bartering site.

WHAT IS AN IDEA PARTY? An Idea Party works like this: We’ll set up groups of up to 10 participants who will present their ideas in the following fashion:

“This is what I want to do:_________; here is my obstacle:_________.” For example: “I want to have a block party; but I don’t know what the procedures are.” Next, the group will brainstorm solutions and offer information. Each participant presents an idea and shares advice with others.

Who? Have you ever had an idea? Good, you are eligible.
How? Enrollment is limited. Please RSVP with your idea/goal and obstacle by June 25th.

Idea Parties were introduced to by Erin Marie Sickler at Trade School, a project of Co-presented by The Field & Taller Boricua, with support form Senator José Serrano, as part of The Field’s program Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists


OurGoods is a barter website for anyone with a creative project. The site matches barter partners, provides accountability tools, and offers technical assistance resources to help artists complete their barters and their projects successfully.

OurGoods emerges in response to the current economic crisis. To some extent, the arts have always existed in a recession economy. Independent artists in particular are experts at making do with very limited resources. As it becomes clear that even those limited resources will shrink in the coming years, OurGoods enables us to leverage what we already do well in order to create a support system for ourselves. For more information, visit OurGoods is a recipient of The Field’s Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists (ERPA) grant. ERPA receives funding from The Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund.

Chanika Svetvilas presented her first public Skills Swap at Taller Boricua in conjunction with her solo show Import/Export that involved a team of ten people to complete the installation of transformed readymade materials that reflected on the relationship between labor, consumerism, and migration and ultimately globalization. Chanika has exhibited citywide in New York as well as Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Denver, and has held residencies at Rotunda/BCAT/Brooklyn Community Access Television and UpSet Press (New York). She received a B.S. in studio art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and will pursue her MFA at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, fall 2010.

Erin Sickler is an independent curator and writer based in New York City. Previously, she has worked at institutions including the Queens Museum of Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Recent exhibitions include: Queens International 4 (Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY 2009), Hanging Out at No Rio (ABC No Rio and Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, NY, 2009), and Apologies and Further Concessions (BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2010). She is Exhibitions and Collections Manager for 601Artspace and the New York correspondent for the Swiss art magazine Kunst Bulletin. This summer she will be a 2010 Fellow at the Smithsonian Latino Center

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