ISABELLE GARBANI

The Ark for the Arts
Commissioned by the NYC's Mayor's Office of Resiliency and Recovery, and managed by NYC's Cultural Affairs.
Red Hook, Brooklyn 2018

Ark for the Arts
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Ark for the Arts

About the project

In Biblical mythology, the Ark is used to safeguard the most precious possessions against the incoming floods. The Ark is also a metaphor: a place of refuge and safety. Currently, potential flooding because of climate change has become a real and urgent issue that threatens our coastlines. The past year has seen additional assaults on what we hold dear in Brooklyn: our culture and diversity are being attacked with the rise of nationalism, racism, and a war on the arts.

Ark for the Arts is a human-powered mobile structure, a movable Ark for the neighborhood of Red Hook. We worked as a team of two environmental, socially-engaged artists and educators: Jeannine Bardo and Isabelle Garbani. We worked as facilitators to organize and promote community events around the Ark, conduct free art workshop in Red Hook, and help schools potentially integrate the project into their curriculum.

The Ark for the Arts was commissioned by the NYC's Mayor's Office of Resiliency and Recovery, and managed by NYC's Cultural Affairs.

Starting August 1st, 2018, the Ark was in Red Hook every Wednesday and Saturday for free workshops, lectures, and events.More info at www.arkforthearts.com, on Facebook (Ark for the Arts)