(Photos: Desdemona Dallas)
As I watched many of my friends post their stories of sexual assault and harassment over the past week, I was reminded of the importance of artist collectives that create safe environments for women. This Thursday marks the Bae collective’s one year anniversary, and it couldn’t be better timed.
When my feed first began to fill with #metoo stories, I happened to be in a space cultivated by the Bae team. The collective was hosting another one of its wellness and feminine focused events, which bring women together to collaborate and share artistic gifts they may otherwise be unable to find a space for.
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There was a mass exodus from Brooklyn this past weekend as the finest minds from the city’s underground art scene headed for the beaches of Keansburg, New Jersey for the third annual Gratitude Migration festival. The Burning Man-inspired gathering brings the principles of Black Rock City (no, they are not Gym, Tanning, Laundry..) to the beach for an immersive experience of art, music and fire. Workshops on everything from “Conscious Consumerism” to “Connecting with the Multiverse” were conducted by the School of Dreams, and DJs like Myk2melo and David Starfire blasted beats well into the evenings. The JunXion crew played cumbia all night and closed out the weekend with an epic beach party. Click through our slideshow to have a look.
As promised, the crew from The Danger parties– underground takeovers of hidden Brooklyn spaces– moved their mayhem out of the city this past weekend, taking over historic Alder Manor in Yonkers. Circus performers wandered through the 72-room Gilded Age mansion and its gardens while Sweet Meg and the Wayfarers whispered jazz into the night. Snake charmers and candlelit bars were tucked into hidden spaces, and that was just the beginning. If you weren’t one of the Lucky attendees, click through our slideshow, above, to see what you missed.