TALLER DE PERMISO

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Taller de Permiso (Permission Workshop) is a community cultural arts campaign that decodes municipal permitting processes for micro business owners and residents in Brownsville, Texas. During this two year campaign, community members will imagine how equitable economic development could be implemented in their neighborhood. The will give permission to themselves and neighborhood partners to engage the city in discussions to implement these ideas through a series of art interventions.

The project title plays with the idea of permitting as a method of granting permission and permission granting being a top down process. During this two year campaign, community members will imagine how equitable economic development could be implemented in their neighborhood. The will give permission to themselves and neighborhood partners to engage the city in discussions to implement these ideas through a series of art interventions. The program will culminate in the creation of a mobile negotiation space to facilitate discussions on permitting among diverse stakeholders, and the development of community

How it Works

The project is divided into three phases: Dream, Know and Act. By merging radical community dreaming with capacity building and technical assistance programs, Taller de Permiso works to prepare local stakeholders, municipal partners and community leaders to take action in building a permitting process that reflects the needs and interests of the community’s most high-need individuals.

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Dream

In order to build a better future you first must be able to imagine it. This phase of our project focused on cultivating the dreaming process and inviting the community to imagine what they wanted to see for the future of their region.

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KNOW

We work to build capacity of residents to support them in navigating municipal permitting processes and to collaboratively investigate how existing permitting laws impact the community. In this phase we launched two programs 1) the Emprendedores small business incubation program and 2) the Reportistas youth civic engagement and investigative journalism program.

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ACT

This phase merges Dreaming and Knowing to position the City of Brownsville and community leaders to build towards the futures that they dream of for the city. During this phase of our program community members will make and distribute their own Creativity Permits. Additionally members will perform a version of the future of permitting for the City of Brownsville.

You can read more about Taller De Permiso at the in the Amazing Women of ArtPlace, and Building a Co-Created, Equitable Tomorrow articles on the ArtPlace America Blog. You can also learn more about this project at Neta and in the Brownsville Herald.

Learn more about Taller De Permiso events and opportunities at our Blog page.