Events

September 14 – December 9, 2017
 
Organized by Staten Island Arts, Design Trust for Public Space, and the Design Trust Fellows
 
Staten Island’s North Shore waterfront, home to hundreds of artists and arts organizations, is rapidly developing. In the midst of this change, the Future Culture project aims to shape and communicate a vision for culture that supports and promotes the area’s unique cultural communities, develops art and cultural initiatives, and strengthens the relationship between the cultural sector and owners and stewards of property. The project was proposed by Staten Island Arts through the Design Trust for Public Space’s 2014 open call, and selected by an independent jury. A team of Fellows, working with local residents, artists, civic activists and small business owners, developed a set of initial recommendations which was released in March 2017 and we are now testing through pilot projects. Staten Island Arts and the Design Trust issued a call to artists for proposals for pilot projects. The work in this exhibit features the finalists, and the two selected projects.
 
This exhibition runs concurrently with Gareth Smit: North Shore on view at Alice Austen House on view September 16- December 23.

Saturday September 23
We Love Tompkinsville Park: Health + Wellness
Location: Tompkinsville Park, corner of Victory Blvd. & Bay St., Staten Island, NY 10301
Time: 11am – 4pm
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We Love Tompkinsville Park: Health + Wellness, an event bringing together community partners to heal the park with music, health, wellness and culture.
 
Tompkinsville Park has been the topic of many discussions as Staten Island’s North Shore continues to develop. Tompkinsville is a unique neighborhood filled with cultural destinations, food and businesses. For years, Tompkinsville Park has been plagued with drug use and homelessness often resulting in overdoses and deaths. For the last three years, Island Voice in partnership with local organizations, schools and communities has worked and advocated for positive programming and events that will help change the stigma and reality of this park. It is time to work together to heal this park, a community effort; WE LOVE TOMPKINSVILLE PARK is a call to action.
 
The event will feature:
– NYC Parks & Partnership For Parks Clean Up (tools & gloves will be provided)
– Drum Circle led by cultural groups on Staten Island
– Yoga (Canvas Institute & NYC Yoga Project)
– Crea-A-Tion Dance Collective (Sound Scape Movements)
– Live dance Performances
– Health + Wellness Vendors & Information (Staten Island Performing Provider Systems)
 
Partners Include: Partnership For Parks, Staten Island Arts, the Design Trust for Public Space, SI Chamber of Commerce, community members, youths, and business owners.
 
To join in on the event, set up a table or partner please email: pr@islandvoice.org
 
*** Cleaning materials and tools will be provided. Please consider wearing comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes.

Saturday September 23
1pm
Location: ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts, 23 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, NY 10304
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At this seminar we will go over the DCA Premier Grant and the NYSCA ABC Regrant. We will also answer any questions about the DCA Art Fund Grant and NYSCA Encore Grant. First time applicants MUST attend a seminar.
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S51, S76 to Bay St / Water Street; S52, S74, S78 to Canal St / Wright St; SIRR to Stapleton
 
See www.statenislandarts.org/grants for the full schedule of seminars.

Monday September 25
7pm
Location: CANVAS Institute, 150 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301
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At this seminar we will go over the DCA Premier Grant and the NYSCA ABC Regrant. We will also answer any questions about the DCA Art Fund Grant and NYSCA Encore Grant. First time applicants MUST attend a seminar.
 
S46, S48, S61, S62, or S66 to Victory Blvd & Brook St.
 
Take the Staten Island Railway to Tompkinsville Station and walk up Victory Blvd. just past Corson Ave.
 
See www.statenislandarts.org/grants for the full schedule of seminars.

September 30
3pm-7pm
Location: ArtSpace @ SI Arts, 23 Navy Pier Ct. & Stapleton Waterfront Park, Staten Island, NY 10304
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Join us at our WATERS AT PLAY Festival at Staten Island’s new public park! The festival will be held in and around ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts (23 Navy Pier Court) with activities along the water at Stapleton Waterfront Park (behind URBY).
 
Bring family and friends for a day of fun, sun, food, and music celebrating water-based recreation and traditions from local ethnic and occupational communities. From 3-5pm, enjoy interactive demonstrations of fishing and casting techniques, practice nautical knot tying, and make your own floating Aarti Hindu lamp. Watch skateboarding pros along the water, sample fish-based cooking from Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone, and add your own art to our chalk blacktop mural. From 5-7pm, join us inside at our ArtSpace Gallery for a concert of Seafaring Music that will feature Indian, Sri Lankan, and Latino sounds.
 
WORKING WATERFRONT is an initiative of Staten Island Arts Folklife, which seeks to raise awareness and appreciation for Staten Island’s uniquely place-based maritime folklife and the borough’s rich intergenerational and multicultural waterfront traditions.

Tuesday October 3
6:30pm
Location: Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St, Staten Island, NY 10304
FREE, RSVP here>
 
At this seminar we will go over the DCA Premier Grant and questions can be answered about the DCA Art Fund Grant and NYSCA Encore Grant. First time applicants MUST attend a seminar.
 
S51 or S76 to Tappen Park; S52, S74, S78 to corner of Canal St & Wright St.; SIRR to Stapleton
 
See www.statenislandarts.org/grants for the full schedule of workshops.

Saturday, October 14
Photo Walking Tour: Gareth Smit
Location: Meet at Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
Time: 10:30am – 12pm
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Pack your cameras, tablets, and mobile devices for this Photo Walking Tour. Meet Photographer Gareth Smit at Alice Austen House. We will start with a brief tour of Gareth’s exhibit, the culmination of nearly two years’ work documenting the changes and community responses to private development and city rezoning in the area. Walk with Gareth from Alice Austen House to Staten Island Arts to view and discuss the Future Culture exhibit. Along the way, Gareth will discuss his approach to photography, and will encourage you to document both locations and the sites in between. No experience with photography necessary; we encourage anyone interested in photography at any skill level to join this photo walk.
 
Gareth Smit has created a body of work using Victory Boulevard as an artery to examine the diverse range of communities on the North Shore of Staten Island. He explores urban centers, cultural communities and personal stories about living on the North Shore during a time of dramatic urban and cultural shifts.
 
Gareth Smit is a Future Culture Photo Urbanism Fellow with Design Trust for Public Space and his work is presented in partnership with Alice Austen House and Staten Island Arts.

Monday October 16
7pm
Location: Pride Center of Staten Island, 25 Victory Blvd, 3rd Floor, Staten Island, NY 10301
FREE, RSVP here>
 
At this seminar we will go over the DCA Premier Grant and questions can be answered about the DCA Art Fund Grant and NYSCA Encore Grant. First time applicants MUST attend a seminar.
 
Any S bus to Victory Blvd at Bay St.; SIRR to Tompkinsville
 
See www.statenislandarts.org/grants for the full schedule of seminars.

Wednesday, October 18
Sonic Gates Community Forum
Location: Flagship Brewery, 40 Minthorne St, Staten Island, NY
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm
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Join Volker Goetze and the Sonic Gates artistic team to receive an update and give your input on the design concepts for the sound sculptures that are slated to be installed Spring-Summer 2018.
 
Sonic Gates connects the North Shore between the St. George Ferry Terminal and the Clifton SIRR station by way of different sound sculptures that help people navigate and appreciate the spaces they occupy. The sculptures promote exploration into St. George, Tompkinsville, and Stapleton through an exciting multisensory experience and intuitive way finding between these sites.

Saturday October 28
2pm-5pm
Location: Advance Lock & Key, 2050 Hyland Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10306
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A public program about Staten Island weatherlore featuring a story circle about living through storms past on the island as well as live presentations on different forms of water-based natural disaster preparedness from Sri Lankan water purification rituals, West African libations, and folktales to coastal storm prep.