In January of 2011 Agitprop put out a call for participation to answer the question “Could a “University” be assembled out of pre-existing spaces in the neighborhood?”  After a six-week seminar composed of small business owners, neighborhood activists, artists and educators, the answer was a resounding “yes!”. Below is the mission statement composed by the group as well as the first round of projects:

The 2837 University Mission Statement:

The 2837 University is a network of creative thinkers, small businesses, community members and sites in North Park (San Diego, CA). It encourages knowledge exchange by facilitating courses and events which coordinate the interests and resources of the North Park community and environs. Open exchange, and the blending of theory and practice, is the central idea and activity of the university; blurring the student teacher dichotomy, and fostering projects and resources that are financially and locally accessible to all.

 

Current Courses/Projects:

Project 1: Crossing I-805

Aug. 6- Sept. 10 Saturdays 3-5pm (first meeting at Agitprop 2837 University Ave.  North Park 92104 – entrance on Utah St.)

Description: This is a collective research project examining the I-805 freeway as it cuts through North Park and City Heights. We will look at the topography, history, culture, current conditions and outside examples of freeway and canyon crossings. This investigation will evoke questions which we will use to develop re-interpretations of highway crossings.  Project Leader: Lori Lipsman  -First meeting Saturday August 6th at 3pm at Agitprop  2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah St. ) 92104

10 spaces available to participate.  RSVP to contact@agitpropspace.org

 

Project 2: Non-Articulated Communities

Aug. 6- Sept. 10 Saturdays 1-3pm (first meeting at Agitprop 2837 University Ave.  North Park 92104 – entrance on Utah St.)

Description: This participatory project will examine micro-communities in North Park that do not recognize themselves as “communities” as such. These small groupings of individuals are often the result of side effects derived from heterogeneous small businesses. We will analyze what conditions have allowed these communities to form and document these accordingly.  Project Leader: David White -First meeting Saturday August 6th at 1pm at Agitprop  2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah St. ) 92104

10 spaces available to participate.  RSVP to contact@agitpropspace.org

participation is free for both projects

 

Past 2837 University events here: http://agitpropspace.org/tag/2837-university/