“We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help out with our donation-based Community Monday program,” ESS posted on Instagram. “This is a great opportunity for artists, students, and anyone else who is looking to build community connections and (or) gain experience in the art education world!” Continue reading
The Wild Honey Pie is organizing an adult Memorial Day weekend camp and music festival in the Berkshires next spring as a retreat for New Yorkers.
The Welcome Campers music fest runs from May 23rd – 25th at Camp Lenox in Otis, MA, and early-bird tickets are now on sale. An optional bus will provide transportation directly from McCarren Park to the festival. Continue reading
The French street artists JR is working on a large-scale installation with shipping containers on the Williamsburg waterfront at the Domino development that is soon to open.
A Brooklyn Museum multimedia installation “JR: Chronicles” also currently displays work from the artist, whose images usually touch on social issues while utilizing size with massive paste-ups and portraits.
Stacks of over a dozen blue shipping containers were placed in a triangle formation at the Domino development last week. JR posted an Instagram update last Thursday indicating that the Brooklyn Museum and Italian architectural design studio LOT-EK are also partners on the work in progress. Continue reading
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, one of the most electrifying (and scariest?) contemporary bands comes to the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) in Williamsburg. GosT will be on tour supporting his most recent full-length album Valediction, which came out this past October. With the release of Valediction, the metal synthwave producer breaks the mold by mixing 80s synth, guitar, gothic vocals and blastbeats that’s propulsive enough to compel the stodgiest of underground metal fans to dance instead of mosh.
NYC Parks is seeking artists to submit their works for consideration to be displayed in a gallery near the East River State Park in Williamsburg.
Artists can submit “works for inclusion in the gallery space at Bushwick Inlet Park that draws on their experiences in NYC Parks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, on the rich culture of activism and sustainability surrounding parkland in these neighborhoods,” according to the NYC Parks statement. Continue reading
On Sunday, January 19 at 2 PM, acclaimed recording artist Caroline Polachek will be performing an exclusive free acoustic keyboard set and album signing at Rough Trade in Williamsburg (64 North 9th Street).
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A newly-formed locally-based art group that started through an online message board will hold their first show this weekend in Greenpoint.
Nadia Gomez, the founder of Greenpoint Art Circle says that the groups’ origins began a year ago with a post she made on the NextDoor app asking if “anyone might be interested in gathering to create an accountability group for creators, especially those with day jobs,” she wrote to Greenpointers. Continue reading
Through Ars Poetica, Founder Lisa Markuson Elevates Human Connection With Words and Vintage Typewriters
This time last year marked birth of Ars Poetica, the experiential entertainment company that “brings words to life” as Founder Lisa Markuson, who was also born on this day describes. Within one year, Ars Poetica has grown to 35 artists, over 200k followers on Instagram, and has been booked by reputable institutions like the New York Times. And while their services span across the U.S. and beyond to places as far as the U.K., they’re Greenpoint-based at their core. You may have noticed Lisa and other Ars Poetica writers with their vintage typewriters doling out free custom poems and tarot at one of the 2019 Greenpointers markets. Or you may have seen Lisa pop up around the neighborhood under the umbrella of the Haiku Guys + Girls, which she co-founded and previously ran for several years.
My own story with Lisa goes back to the end of 2014, just three days before I officially closed on the purchase of Greenpointers, and I was looking for some respite from a tense personally challenging few months. The only other person inside Milk & Roses was Lisa and while I can’t remember the entirety of our conversation back then, I do remember that I received a handwritten haiku and a small glimpse into my future for the next few years. Lisa was the first of many complete strangers who would enter my life through Greenpointers. Almost five years later, we circled back to the place where we first met and talked about what transpired during that time period. Back then, Lisa was working in a bike tour company and doing haikus on the side. Now, she is a solo entrepreneur having surpassed her projected revenue within the first year and has been featured by outlets as large as CNN and Bustle for her work.
Ars Poetica is inspired by but not limited to poems. “We are going to provide a completely one of kind element to your event that’s going to make it unforgettable, make it notable, make it something that is going to help people connect better according to Lisa:
“The kind of need that we fill is twofold. One is that something to do at the party that’s not just eating and drinking. It’s also a completely custom memento or souvenir from the night. As I’ve grown the company, diversify what we do, represent other artists, it really comes down to bringing words to life.”
This past weekend, Greenpoint debuted an impressive new art venue, cementing the neighborhood as a destination for art in NYC. The Faurschou Foundation opened its doors at 148 Green Street on Sunday (December 15th), and it’s an open-to-the-public art venture that’s been years in the making. Faurschou Foundation was started nearly a decade ago by Jens Faurschou, a Danish art collector and former art dealer who has founded many art institutions over the course of his career. The foundation also has spaces in Beijing—the largest—and Copenhagen, which is about the size of the Greenpoint location. Continue reading