Betty Yu, Co Founder of Chinatown Arts Brigade

Practice//Practice Visiting Faculty: Betty Yu

AS220’s Practice//Practice Artists/Managers Residency for the Fall 2018 begins this week!

“Creative Strategies for Placekeeping and Anti-Gentrification Organizing”
with Keynote Speaker, artist+activist Betty Yu

AS220 Main Stage, 115 Empire Street

Sat, Nov 3rd, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Betty Yu, artist and co-founder of Chinatown Art Brigade in NYC, will share experiences, best practices and strategies in using art, culture and media to help advance housing rights and anti-displacement organizing. Betty will share some cultural approaches such as large scale public projections, story circles, placekeeping walks, community mapping, and new media platforms and direct action to envision and realize a more equitable city.

To attend contact Marina Balko: marina.balko[a] or Shey Rivera shey[a]

 Chinatown Arts Brigade video projections

Betty Yu is a multimedia artist, filmmaker, educator and activist born and raised in NYC to Chinese immigrant parents. Ms. Yu’s documentary “Resilience”, about her garment worker mother fighting sweatshop conditions, screened at national and international film festivals including the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. Yu’s multi-media installation, “The Garment Worker”, was featured at Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive. She worked with housing activists and artists to co-create “Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing”, that was featured in the Agitprop! show at Brooklyn Museum. Betty was a 2012 Public Artist-in-Resident and received the 2016 SOAPBOX Artist Award from Laundromat Project. In 2017, Ms. Yu was awarded several artist residences from institutions such as the International Studio & Curatorial Program, Skidmore College’s Documentary Studies Collaborative, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. In 2015, Betty co-founded Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective using art to advance anti-gentrification organizing. Betty won the 2017 Aronson Journalism for Social Justice Documentary Award for her film, “Three Tours”. Ms. Yu was a 2017-18 fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI). Betty is also an adjunct assistant professor teaching new media, film theory, art and video production at various colleges in NYC, which include The New School, John Jay College, Marymount Manhattan College and Hunter College. In addition, Betty Yu sits on the boards of Third World Newsreel and Working Films, two progressive documentary film organizations. Ms. Yu holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. Betty recently had her first solo exhibition, “(Dis)Placed in Sunset Park”, at Open Source Gallery in September 2018 in New York City.

“Here to Stay: Chinatown Art Brigade” (2016) // This video documents the formation of Chinatown Art Brigade, a new dynamic cultural collective and partnership with CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities’ Chinatown Tenants Union to launch the “Here to Stay” project which uses outdoor projections and cultural production to advance organizing efforts against gentrification. Produced by Chinatown Art Brigade/ Edited by Betty Yu

Here to Stay, Chinatown Arts Brigade Project