DISPATCH #1: Let's Barter @Dance/NYC 's #dancesymp (osium)

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The keyword was “relationship” and the key phrase was “relationship building” at the 2013 Dance/NYC Symposium this past Sunday. Clocking in at nearly 8 hours of dance industry talk, I left 890 Broadway and the new (expanded) Gina Gibney Dance Center on the 5th floor with a substantial, however hopeful, headache. In my first attempts to unpack what was discussed at the panels I attended, it was easy to pinpoint a recurring focus on building and maintaining real relationships within the dance community and beyond. With that theme in mind, I will be blogging in dispatch form each day this week in order to bring the most relevant topics, ideas, and debates about the state of relationships and dance to our online community in the most concise way possible…

DISPATCH #1: Jen Abrams of Our Goods, a bartering social network for artists (think Materials for the Arts PLUS babysitting, French lessons, photography, studio space, etc.), spent the entire symposium day helping the dance community make asset maps in preparation for building bartering relationships.

What do you have? What do you need? This is all you need to know to get started.

Asset maps in Studio 5-2. Once you create a profile on OurGoods.org you can type in your own lists of haves and needs.

Could this be your first step to building a new relationship in your communities (dance, art, city)? Might this be a way to secure a resource whose lack is holding your dance company or career back? Is this a way to move from starving-in-your-garret-syndrome to relative artistic comfort? Or will it waste your most precious resource…time?

Sign up, have a face-to-face exchange of some essential labor or object, and then comment here about whether or not you think this is a valid and/or valuable way for you to engage other artists and support your work.


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  • stephanie


    I’m thrilled you’ll be sharing your invaluable nuggets of wisdom that you gained from yesterday’s symposium. I wish I could have attended, but distance kept me from doing so. Now I can live vicariously through your words and pictures.

    As far as bartering, I’ve always been a fan of this time of relationship and exchange. I’ve just never been sure how it translates to the dance world. I followed along with much of the dialogue via Twitter, happily retweeting some of the symposium’s best content for Dd. And I was excited to hear how many people are interested in advancing the art form in progressive way. I began to scope out Jen Abrams’s Our Goods and see a lot of potential in this social platform.

  • candice

    Steph, I believe you can barter on this site anywhere, they ask for your address for matching, so you should try it out in CO.

    I am always a bit afraid of bartering because it seems like making things always take longer than you want them to and it leaves me wondering if it is just more logical to be paid accurately for my time and buy what I want. However, I am going to try out OurGoods with my have list including tangible objects instead of labor/projects and see if that works better for me…

  • stephanie

    I think the trick is finding a equal-sided barter. Do you agree? Let me know if you decide to give it a go. I’d love to hear about your experiences.

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