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Field-Build Workshop

February 9, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - February 12, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

Field-Build Workshop : a design and build project for female identified and gender fluid youth and adults.

Participants join experienced teachers to build specific functional structures using essential tools of the woodshop.

Join Hyde Park Art Center Resident artist Sara Black and her Field-Build collaborators in responding to the current realities of protest and gatherings of people to express political positions by building protest shelters for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

This past year we witnessed the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, South Dakota occupy and protect sacred land from oil pipeline development. Project Fielding teachers were inspired by the building efforts of groups like the Dakota Youth Council, who designed, built and assembled winter-ready shelters in collaboration with tribal members. We have reached out to Oceti Sakowin Camp and to Chicago based activists who have spent time at Standing Rock and we plan to create shelters or other needed structures for Water Protectors who have remained on site through these frigid winter months. In the design and delivery of the shelters, we will be responsive to the direct request of those currently at Standing Rock.

Since the 1930’s, Frank Lloyd Wright’s students at Taliesin West School (now the FLW School of Architecture), have built small survival structures, called “survival dorms”. For this upcoming Field-Build, we will build resistance architecture in response to our current political context and with a reflective eye to the survival dorms of Taliesin West. Project Fielding is pleased to be invited by the Oak Park Arts League (OPAL) to present this work for an outdoor exhibition in May 2017 to coincide with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. Therefore, multiple structures will be built and only one of them will be presented in this exhibition – the rest will go to South Dakota.

Where is the Field-Build?
The Field-Build will be held at the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615) in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Studio #4

What is the schedule for the Field-Build?
Field-Builders will meet from 9am to 3pm Thursday through Sunday. We will have a one-hour lunch break and two 10 minute snack breaks each day. If you cannot make all four days, let us know and we can make arrangements.

How many participants will there be?: We can accommodate up to 20 total participants. This will include five Project Fielding teachers and up to 15 builders of any skill level.

What is the cost?: $105.00 on a sliding scale. All contributions go toward material costs!

To find out more and to register please visit: and click the tab “Registration”.

Who are the Instructors?

The Fielding Teachers:
Sara Black, Amber Ginsburg, Donesha Thompson, Billy Dee, Caroline Robe, Lia and Miriam Stevens


February 9, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
February 12, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
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5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, 60615
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