The Cultural Council is in NYC with The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) to attend FIGMENT NYC, a free participatory arts event that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream. New York City hosted the first FIGMENT event in 2007. Since its inception, there are satellite events that occur throughout the world in cities such as Hong Kong, Boston, Toronto, San Diego, Chicago, Portland, and Boulder. The Cultural Council and MOSH are developing a proposal to make Jacksonville a host city for a satellite event.
I'm staying at a quaint Air BNB in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, a really remarkable area. Once the busiest terminal in New York for container shipments, Red Hook has a LOT of massive warehouses. In the 1990s Red Hook was considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New York, largely because the industry that supported the community slowed down and the MTA doesn't have a line that connects Red Hook to the rest of NYC. It was also one of the areas heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Artists like Dustin Yellin adopted Red Hook as there own and put the vacant warehouse spaces to use - creating studios, galleries, and live/work spaces. Yellin is the founder of Pioneer Works, a non-profit cultural center dedicated to experimentation, education and production across disciplines. Through a broad range of educational programs, performances, residencies and exhibitions, Pioneer Works transcends disciplinary boundaries to foster a community where alternative modes of thought are activated and supported.
Yesterday was spent walking all around Brooklyn taking in public art, as well as visiting Manhattan to tour The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).
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