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dd M
182 Ave C
(Lower East Side)
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the project

A Plaza of the Wind:  “Hold On To Your Hat" Plaza. By MoS MoBS LoBS Labs

We’re activating the public space between 11th St and 12th St to offer covid safe "grab n go" learning experiences. An outside that continues inside the home where we build, grow and connect further by sharing our offerings. These will include, but are not limited to:

  • Give-aways of locally grown vegetables, healthy elixirs, and super foods like oysters & roasted kelp strips
  • Bioremediation for "self and soil" workshops led by a biologist
  • Making seed balls and mud balls, and inventing new technologies.  
  • Practicing whole systems thinking 
  • Workshops on how to grow mushrooms at home
  • Engaging interactive asset mapping
  • Sharing hyper local info regarding needs and resources
  • Storytelling through performance, music & arts
  • Doodling our fantastic futures to manifest the extreme of what we dream; to go beyond our dreams and plan the steps needed actualize them
  • Working with other groups including Grace Exhibition Space, Loisaida Center, loisaida Arts, Green Map, East Village Community Coalition, La Plaza Cultural, Campos Garden, EL Jardin Del Paraiso, 6th St Community Center, and others.

This is a community engagement project, woven into the “Microbes to Metropolis" Laboratory currently at Grace Exhibition Space on the plaza. DD is the Artist in Residence until 10-31. The lab space inside is incubating a story of community building that starts with microbes and finishes with designing the metropolis. We attract neighbors to each other out of which we design a society together.

"MoS MoBS LoBS" refers to the Master of Beneficial Succession. We create new connections between lifestyles of bioremediation and symbiosis. We are a laboratory for science, invention and design systems that create the beneficial succession of air, water, soil & selves. Going beyond sustainable systems, these networks leave exponential betterment. 

We continue to experiment despite COVID-19. We slow down, follow guidelines & dream bigger than ever. We are more focused, passionate and determined to use public space safely outside. Combining tech with tradition, we tell our stories, share knowledge and vision with all ages.  

Please support us to make this windy plaza an exponential people place.

We will continue through the winter by turning us into a virtual plaza culture & economy that is of beneficial succession: caring for ourselves, eachother & the earth.  Join as a player!  Contact us here or through the website

the steps

  1. Sign agreement for stipends. 
  2. Call in the tech and media team. Sign Agreements. 
  3. Send out ads and press release; get the word out to community and beyond. 
  4. Post the schedule in large format on the window and online.
  5. Start the offerings.
  6. Play, develop and connectivity. 
  7. Collect and steward the participants
  8. Grow the participation
  9. Reward people for participating!

why we're doing it

We had been planning to do a large permaculture plan of the LES between 14/Houston since last year, with a shared community schedule of happenings (gardens, community, wellness, family friendly). Grace Exhibition Space, a performance art and permaculture venue, agreed to host us. 

After the onset of COVID-19, Grace Exhibition Space stopped holding events inside. I was offered the space to work on deliverables for the eco pageant held May 9. After that I decided to sit in meditation making one mudball for every one of the 30,000 people who succumbed to the virus in NYC. (Mudballs are packed with natural enzymes that clean our waterways.) The EM-1 & molasses were donated but no soil was available. So instead, in tribute I grew tomatoes, basil, and kale for the community with the little soil I found from sharing gardens. I started filling the space with MôS collective activities to inspire passers by with immunity super foods for earth and ourselves. I hung art and permaculture costumes. By the end of May, I had accumulated the entire 10 years of the MoS LoBSter MoBster Pedagogy.

How do we activate these incredible resources and educational materials that are in the space during Covid? It’s full of everything we need. By learning lessons of biology, pollution remediation, and the restoration of nature and ourselves we can create healthy supply chains and recourse flows. 

Help us forge pathways to betterment. Doing it requires community, face-to-face interaction. 

We are now doing this during unimaginable difficulties but we can use this time to teach valuable skills. We want to bring people outside to this breezy plaza with masks on, leave with their fun homework to connect with the community further online. The locals are invited, along with prestigious guests to share ideas and stories which builds the world we want to see. (Next phase is building the game). 


Disbursed Budget 3.08.2021:

        Stipends                       $4800

        Product                        $500

        Communication.          $500

        Media subscriptions    $288.97


TOTAL RAISED = $6,767.74
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $336.64
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $107.13

Updated budget (12.23.20):

Funds will go towards our original budget below.

$1000  Stipends Plaza custom integrations for 6 wellness participants. 4 kids specific
$1500  Stipends 15 artist:
$  850  Stipend Plaza Video editor
$  250  supplies packaging/ volunteer transport & food
$  250  outreach supplies ink flyers 
$1500  Immunity CSA

Oyster Mushrooms, algae/lichen/seaweed seeds/sprouts, oysters/mussels, ferments 
$1400 stipend producer 
$1250  stipend communications


ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $432
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.  


Original budget:

Director: 3k.  20 hrs/wk

Assistant 2k.  20 hrs/wk. 

volunteers and coordinator : evcc

Live show Tech: $1800 

Web integrations  $1800

Editing $1800

Social Graphics $1800

Teaching stipends:  $3k 60 guest or community presentations (2-3 a day - one for kids) approx $50 per

Supplies $800 ink/printing/transp/drinks/tangerines

There will be interactive homework. Online assignments to build, make collaborate organize Over the Fall and winter will be more at home.

The funds raised will cover the director, assistant, talented artists, tech, editing, web, animation, graphics, prepping safe food & drinks, for social media ongoing as IOBY fuels this resource 

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $858
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $17,168.46
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


Non itemizers Tax news.

Hi I'm passing along some new tax news! 

A NEW above-the-line charitable DEDUCTION of up to $300 for cash contributions is available to taxpayers who do NOT itemize. This provides a perfect opportunity to support the Plaza of the Wind activities. We need funds to build and guide participants through the set up and start this mutual aid network of serendipities for small businesses and a social life amidst a pandemic.    You can now get ahead on your taxes going into 2021. This opportunity expires at the end of 2020, so act today by supporting us! 
❤️ Thank you! 

Foster care Found for the Wet Girl Scout Mud Balls

A neighbor accepted holding on her balcony the stockpile of mud balls by the Girl Scouts. They are excited to band together in the Spring to throw them into the water. 
A neighbor has given them a beautiful view of the river they will clean. And the air polluting Con Ed plant also!  So they are learning their tasks as they ferment. 

That is the Con Ed plant behind the Mud Ball

People asking for help.

This is no joke. This is no frivolous act. This is serious need presented in a fun pedagogy, experiential playful way. Don't be fooled that we are not in need here. Not myself as much as others. How to help the ppl who knock on the window? A pregnant mother of three just knocked selling clothes and things to make $20 for her babies formula. There needs to be community out side to say .. hey I can buy u formula or hey I have extra at home my kid doesn't need any more.  She doesn't go on to FB to use "Buy nothing eAst Village". Everyday I'd like to say here...  for you, So please donate what you can from you home with all the food you need, heat and electricity. Come out of the house to YouR "Plaza of the Wind" for passaggiere everyday before sunset where people can mingle and help each other.  We are aiming to be out friday's in the winter and more often in the Spring-- it's a nice covid safe walk with lots of serendipities.  

The Doodletown Diorama

After all this wind on The Plaza of the Wind we are surprised the Doodletown's first structure, the elevated bike and pedestrian path, is holding up. Stewart Hoyt, green builder did a solid job! The waterway blew into a pile on the fence, along with the sailfrieight marina w kayaking estuary lab and cargo lifts.  The rain barrel blew over, potted plants tumbled but the elevated pathway through the tree canopy stayed intact. The cargo mono rail delivery sagged underneath it a bit but also is there! So fun, I put mugwort piled up beaneath to inspire lucid dreaming to the elevated path travelers.  We hope to have collaboration in the future with this fundraiser. Whatever you can afford is perfect! It will be doubled to help us see these projects through to fruition -- for a healthier Lower East Side. Volunteer to help get the community involved in literally building what we imagine -- outside on the Plaza Of the Wind! (This is the phase 5 of 6). 

Mud balls on the plaza of the wind!

Saturday we made mud balls with the local Girl Scouts. Lots of dusty dirt, Bokashi fermented starter, liquid Em-1 and molasses gooey!

Mayhem fun then we all settled down to make the balls. Calm cane over the girls and they made two crates of perfect balls. 

Lily Kaplan, 10, has been making mud balls since she was 4. She explained what happens if there are too many mud balls thrown in. It is not proven but some biologists believe that the harmful bacteria will learn to adapt.  She explained the super bug issue in hospitals for example. Dr.  Higa who discovered EM-1, says you can not put too many mud balls in polluted waterways. When the food is gone they are not productive. They go dormant. It's a lot of human power to make them so let's not put too many in when they are also needed elsewhere. 
We discussed healthy fermentation and digestion, soil and toxic soil -- we covered a lot.  The favorite take away was the microbes aren't found together but when put together they can do what they can not do alone.  So find your favorite collaborators to create happy progress! We makes advances together, not alone. 

10/14 Bokashi Fermented Starter

Today our Master Kid teacher is joining us to make Fermented Organic Starter. Health on the microbial level and understanding fermentation is a foundation to the future metropolis. Join us RSVP Covid safe outside in the sun. This Bokashi starter will be ready in 2 weeks for the Girl Scouts. They are signed up to make Mud balls 10/30 outside in the sun at Grace Exhibition Space. We have one kid per making bin area instead of five. Covid safe. 

Activating the Plaza: Phase 5 of 6

We've been actuvating this plaza, vast open windy or hot and stark place.  People walk their dogs here or go back and forth to the grocery store or pharmacy.

We are on Phase 5 of 6 Micribes to Metroplois lifestyles.  

September's Phase 4 we launched Asset Mapping: observing and recording our assets.  We have been observing the LES land & social scape, asking passers by what their favorite places are, telling stories to map lifestyles and happenings. We are adding everything to the LES Green Map. In partnership w Green Map

Next Phase 5 is "Doodling our Future". We tap into our creative minds, our dream scapes, our knowing.  JK Canepa, garden friend, tells us we can sleep with mugwort under our pillows for more vivid dreams. DD offers 15 min dream journeys. With East Village Community Coalition visioning open streets and open restaurants. That's a solid start to the future. 

Doodling will prepare us for our winter game.
We're asking people this month, "What you want to be in the place you want to see." 

Please be generous so we can build this winter game❣️  "The Epheneral Piazza. A Game of Life."  

Funds will help offset the cost of expertise, editing equipment, software and or filmmaker & animators❣️We can do this on the lower East Side. It's for mental and physical health. 

First we have to finish the fantastical documentary version of the Microbes to Metropolis Journey.  It is the example of the lifestyle of the game to come and the critical 30 minute Ephemeral Plaza video which features the core group to inspiration others.  

This week!

Wednesday kids 9-12 guest 2pm Rachel & Lily (9) Kaplan . Lily has been with us since she was 4! She's a great teacher now! 

Thursday "Ave C Talk Show"  2pm with JC Augustin. Also participating for 7 yrs. 

Friday the 16th

6pm Fantastical Story Telling
hosted by JK with MoS since 2011. 

8pm, performance: featured artist Omer Gal of Cookie Tongue band offering a fantasical imaginary world and performing a ritual of sorts using green screen and animation.  


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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