Moving Toward Maintenance: Community
June 2, 2023 at 11am ET on Zoom
Join The Maintainers network and friends for a 3-Part Event Series highlighting different spheres of maintenance, asking: “How do we maintain ourselves? Our communities? Our movement?”. Together we will explore questions about these maintenance aspects. Each session will feature practitioners with experience in the field, and you will come away from each event in the series with a takeaway document to guide you in your dedication to that form of maintenance.
Up next, on Friday, June 2nd, we will be exploring questions around maintaining community. We have gathered Shelby Seier from All Kinds Accessibility Consulting, Kalmia Strong from Public Space One, and Purna Sarkar from Repair Cafe Bengaluru to share their perspectives. We’ll explore and examine the following questions:
Why must we maintain our communities? How does community-maintenance contribute to self maintenance and larger movement building? Whose responsibility is it to maintain the community? How can we maintain communities with many in mind? What do these tools and practices look like?
Please enjoy learning about each of the practitioners and their amazing communities below!
This event will be an hour and a half, and each practitioner will speak about their work and share about how they have maintained community. You can learn more about The Maintainers virtual events by reading our code of engagement (scroll down on our about page), as well as in our virtual events guide.
The Maintainers is committed to practicing and providing a range of accessibility support for our virtual events, acknowledging that we still have room to grow. At this time, and at this event, the gathering will include the following access supports:
- Communication Access Realtime Translation, or CART. This means there will be live captions in English provided by a human (not automated) during the event.
- Recording and transcript will be sent out after the event.
- There is no requirement for participation, so show up as you are: have your camera on or off, move around your space, do or don’t participate in the chat, etc.
- This event will be in English on Zoom.
Please contact our community outreach & events coordinator ahead of time with further access needs and accommodation requests, and we will try our best to make it happen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a no-cost event. If you choose to purchase a pay-what-you-wish ticket, the funds go directly to sustain event offerings, honorarium for all guest speakers, and to provide more expansive accessibility options for The Maintainers virtual events.
Purna Sarkar is an activist, theater in education (TIE) coach, life skills trainer and HR professional. She is a co-founder of an environmental sustainability initiative called Repair Cafe Bengaluru. The idea of repair was not new to her life, as she has witnessed her parents and grandparents maintain a box of tools ready to tinker when the need arose. Purna left her corporate job to do something more meaningful and that was the beginning of repair café workshops in Bengaluru in 2015.
Shelby Seier is the founder of All Kinds Accessibility Consulting, which creates resources and accommodations that reduce barriers and improves how we interact with each other. All Kinds aims to decrease ableism and increase community collaboration through collective solutions that center disabled people and their networks. When not nerding out about accessibility, Shelby draws and makes improvisational quilts.
Public Space One
Public Space One (PS1) is an artist-led, community-driven, contemporary art center. PS1 was founded in 2002 for students in need of an off-campus space to rehearse and perform an original play. Since then, we have maintained a multidisciplinary, experimental space for the Iowa City community, and beyond, to build community and present and experience creative work.