The Urchin Movement, which celebrated its five years of existence just last November, has so far existed almost entirely in a digital capacity. While its founding members, despite their varying geographies, have gathered together in common spaces on numerous occasions, there has yet to be an official gathering of the burgeoning Urchin Movement collective, which would include not only its founders, but its increasing cadre of writers and contributors, not in the least to mention the Movement’s friends and supporters.
On a beautiful evening this June, the Urchin Movement will hold its first-ever Urchin Salon, to be held at the Urchin Headquarters Brooklyn Branch (aka my apartment). Historically, salons are subversive by nature: the gathering of like-minded individuals in one space for the sharing and exchanging of ideas. On the subject of salon history, Benet Davetian writes that the salon ‘serves its purpose magnificently if it succeeds in inspiring people to use their minds and hearts at their maximum capacity and come to appreciate the personalities and contributions of others even if they differ from their own.’ Over my years of co-shepherding the Urchin cause, I’ve come into contact with driven artists with big ideas and the tangible goals to achieve them. These same people also possess the humility and thoughtfulness necessary to navigate a world replete with challenges. The Urchin Salon is meant to celebrate these people, to encourage their continued efforts, and to ply them with vegan food.
Davetian also writes:
It does not take millions of people to change social reality. Salons of previous eras have shown that it takes only a handful of creative and concerned individuals to trigger large scale positive change. Many of the ideas of great thinkers and doers in previous eras were born in gatherings where others were willing to listen to them and provide sincere feedback. The contemporary salon offers similar opportunities. It facilitates our desire to heal the rifts that have been the unintended consequences of an overly-rationalized, bottom-line culture.
As lofty as that may sound, it does not strike me as perilous to aspire to such an idea. After all, the Urchin Movement was born out of an idealism, and it only continues to drive toward such things. We’ve never really been concerned about whether we will ever get there; what matters most to us is what happens along the way.
To quote Prince: it’s gonna be a beautiful night.