ASSEMBLIES is a platform for collaborative research, discussion and creation. With ASSEMBLIES, we invest in forms of learning that are open, cooperative, challenging and initiated by members of the community.

An ASSEMBLY is a community-led learning group that forms around a theme, practice or experiment. For a period of three months, NAVEL provides each Assembly with space, support and resources—including access to our equipment, peer network, and micro-grant funding.

At the end of the quarter, each ASSEMBLY is asked to present about their experience and/or project. Projects can take whatever format feels most appropriate, be it a presentation, performance, publication, field trip, object, website, physical structure, etc…

What NAVEL provides each ASSEMBLY

For the three month period of the ASSEMBLY, NAVEL provides:

  • Space
  • Technical Equipment
  • Micro-grants
  • Structural and methodology guidance and advice
  • Community
  • Network (connecting the group with relevant guests and arranging meetings)
  • Documentation

Space Bookings: Each group will receive two blocks of 3 hours each month during the quarter. Meetings must take place Sunday through Wednesday (alternate days and additional time can be requested) in the backspace or main space at NAVEL. Please note that some flexibility in meeting time or place may be required. We will do our absolute best to accommodate all space requests.

Micro-grants: Participants make a sliding scale donation from which %10 of the funds go towards group facilitation training for the ASSEMBLIES leaders and the administrative costs for the program. The rest of the funds will be distributed evenly amongst the groups, who collectively decide how to use it or may choose to give it to another group.

Documentation: NAVEL publishes the ASSEMBLIES’ collective research on its are.na channel and make the recording of the final presentations available to the community (if the group permits it)

Participate in an ASSEMBLY

You may register for an Assembly online during the quarter’s sign-up period.
Note that group leaders determine the maximum number of participants for each group.

Q2 ASSEMBLIES will be announced on Sep 10, 2019 and the sign-up period will follow between Sep 10-20, 2019.

Participation in ASSEMBLIES is a $25-75 sliding scale donation.*
*No one turned away for lack of funds.

*10% of the funds will go towards group facilitation training for the ASSEMBLIES leaders and the administrative costs for the program. The rest of the funds will be distributed evenly amongst the groups, who collectively decide how to use it or may choose to give it to another group.

Propose an ASSEMBLY

Sign-up to present at the next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, September 3 about an ASSEMBLY you would like to propose and lead.

Make sure you read the presentation guidelines and the ASSEMBLY leaders’ responsibilities carefully before proposing an ASSEMBLY.

All are welcomed regardless of background, experience, or expertise, as long as you have the desire to dive into a topic of interest and commit to it for a period of 3 months!

Note that this is a very demanding endeavour and as a group leader, you will be responsible for facilitating the regular group meetings. NAVEL will be offering group faciliation training for the group leaders.

There are no disqualifying factors or topics unless the values promoted by the groups are in total misalignment with NAVEL’s. For example, we will not support any groups promoting any kind of violence, racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, misogyny, misandry, patriarchy, etc.

If more than 8 groups are proposed, the final ASSEMBLIES for the quarter will be selected through a vote by the previous ASSEMBLIES leaders and the people proposing new groups. The groups who cannot participate in this Quarter can of course reapply at the following Quarterly meeting.

Presentation Guidelines for Proposing an ASSEMBLY

At the Quarterly Meeting people with proposals will have five minutes to present. Can you make your presentation into a song? Can you lead everyone in an activity? Can you read a group manifesto? Can you print flyers? Can you promote your ASSEMBLY with animated gifs? Yes, yes, yes and yes, as long as you feel like it is a clear, persuasive description of your proposal, and you do it in under 5 minutes!

Please be sure to answer the following questions at some point during your proposal:

  • Who are you?
  • What topic, skill, or area of research are you interested in? Why is it important?
  • What is the purpose of your ASSEMBLY? Does it revolve around a particular project or activity? Does it have a goal or desirable outcome?
  • What methodology or format are you suggesting?
  • What is the ideal size for your group?
  • How frequently would you like to meet? When? Where (if not at NAVEL)?

Responsibilities of ASSEMBLY Leaders

For the three month period of the ASSEMBLY, leaders commit to:

  • Managing communication with the group and with NAVEL team
  • Outlining a schedule for group meetings and coordinating to book space at NAVEL
  • Attending all group meetings
  • Developing and spearheading the methodology and process for the ASSEMBLY, in collaboration with the rest of the group
  • Motivating the group to complete the quarter and prepare a final presentation of your findings
  • Making sure the space is tidy following group meetings and that group members follow NAVEL’s Code of Conduct

ASSEMBLIES Schedule for 2019

Quarter 2
Open Call to propose an ASSEMBLY: Aug 8
Deadline to Propose an ASSEMBLY: Sunday, Aug 25 by 11:59PM
Quarterly Meeting / Proposals Presentations: Tuesday, Sep 3 from 7-10PM
Final Groups Announcement: Sep 10
Online Sign-up: Sep 10-20

Second Quarter dates: Sep 24, 2019 - Jan 12, 2020
ASSEMBLIES Q2 public final presentation: Jan 12, 2020 from 7-10PM

Quarter 1
Deadline to Propose an ASSEMBLY: Sunday, Feb 17 by 11:59PM
Quarterly Meeting: Monday, Feb 25 from 7-10PM
Online Sign-Up: Feb 26-Mar 10
Final Announcement of Groups: Mar 12
First Quarter dates: Mar 11 — May 31
ASSEMBLIES Q1 public final presentation: June 3 from 7-10PM

Assemblies Q1 (Spring 2019)

Practicing Collectivity and Reclaiming the Commons. Led by NAVEL
Link to the group’s collective research

Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory
Led by Brandon Avery Joyce & Stefan Siegel
Link to the group’s collective research

Black Ethics in Rap
Led by Sarah Pitan

(em)POWERing the rEVOLUTION: DIY Solar Power Technology
Led by #SNATCHPOWER (Uhuru Moore and Jordi Phillips)

Faction 3 of The Revolution: Redistribute Wealth
Led by Jennifer Moon
Link to the group’s collective research

Human Connection and Sustainability
Led by Emma Sutton
Linkto the group’s collective research

Internet Self-Defense
Led by Juli Odomo
Link to the group’s collective research

Los Angeles Artist Census
Led by Tatiana Vahan
Link to the group’s collective research

New LA Futures: Reenvisioning the Structure of the LA Government
Led by Matthew Donovan, Paige Emery, Francecso Canas, Olive Kimoto, & others
Link to the group’s collective research

Poetry and Experimental Writing Circle
Led by Sophia Aira & Blue Soo Hoo

SISTERS WITH INVOICES // RECLAIMING MEDIA AS REPARATIONS AND REPAIR
Led by AMELIAN KASHIRO HAMILTON
Link to the group’s collective research