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 are working
as a team of two environmental, socially-engaged artists and educators:
Bardo and Isabelle Garbani. We work 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.
Starting August 1st, 2018, the Ark will be in Red
Hook every Wednesday and Saturday for free workshops, lectures,
and events. Find us online at www.arkforthearts.com,
(Ark for the Arts), to find our schedule of events, and to reach
out to use the Ark for your community event. Follow us on Instagram.