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Dana Bishop-Root

Braddock, PA

Hi! I am proud to be a founding board member of Common Field. If you ever want to reach out about Common Field - contact me!

Below is information about two of my collaborative projects. 

I also have a dog named, Snaxx. 

General Sisters: 

General Sisters is a general store located in our community of North Braddock, Pennsylvania. Following the renovation of a previously unused site, the store will offer bulk goods such as teas, grains, flours and spices, as well produce grown in the backyards of some of its clients. General Sisters turns routine transactions into possibilities for exchange that recognize the environmental and economic realities of its clients. General Sisters feeds the community literally and figuratively by confronting the racial and economic injustices evident in our food system and neighborhood, and working actively to change them.

Dana Bishop-Root has worked and lived in North Braddock for 10 years, and is a member of Transformazium. She has a passion for examining local systems of communication, exchange, and resource distribution by engaging arts discourse with voices that are typically underrepresented. Ginger Brooks Takahashi is a socially enraged/engaged artist, gardener, who has lived in North Braddock for four years. An active collaborator with other artists, she is a founding member of LTTR and projet MOBILIVRE/BOOKMOBILE project. 

Transformazium: 
Transformazium (Leslie Stem, Dana Bishop-Root and Ruthie Stringer)  is an 8
year-old collaborative project in a neighborhood just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Their projects aim to foster multiplicity of amplified voice through the use of a neighborhood based design and print studio; recognize and participate in existing local arts discourses while making connections with regional and national discourses; and redirect money from an arts economy to a local economy through the creation of paid creative and cultural work. Transformazium has an embedded partnership with Braddock Carnegie Library.  Their work is informed by a diverse public of library users.  It utilizes the spaces for expression, encounter, investigation and resource exchange that the library provides.