We invite you to come for the whole weekend or just part of it.
Easily reachable by ferry, bike or bus.
Tickets are by donation and everyone is welcome.
Photograph by eyram ashorkor
CELEBRATING THE WORK OF
Karen Blondel, Founder and Executive Director of the Public Housing Civic Association, is the kind of activist that can get a crowd on its feet, go head-to-toe with city legislators and connect communities that might not otherwise. With experience in engineering, environmental education and public housing policy, Karen Blondel knows saving a shoreline can't be just about the shore but the people who live somewhere.
Ms. Blondel has been a recipient of Harvard's Loeb's Fellowship, AmeriCorps Vista Program, the Red Hook Public Safety Corp, Friends of the Library, Red Hook NY Rising Committee, Red Hook Community Collaboration and the Red Hook West Tenant Association. Karen is also this year's winner of the prestigious David Prize.
And all the work being done in Red Hook.
Red Hook is an extraordinary microcosm of a neighborhood both uniquely vulnerable to climate change and an example of creative resilience and resourcefulness.
Come learn about the issues, challenges and strides of the many communities that make up Red Hook, from Red Hook Initiative, working with an empowering youth, the RETI Center's educational barge, Pioneer Works, supporting a more curious world through arts and sciences, the Waterfront Museum, holding history into the future on the over 100 yr old barge.
FRIDAY 10/13 • 5p
Opening Exhibition & Launch Party
We kick off the weekend at Strong Rope Brewery on the waterfront in celebration of Karen Blondel and the many community stakeholders who are actively creating Red Hook’s future. While there are a lot of challenges ahead, there is also lot to celebrate and honor.
On view will be the opening of the group show and exhibit Imagined Futures with food, a live DJ from Bierwax and Strong Rope will officially launch their Imagined Futures beer, with proceeds going to support the work of Karen Blondel and 4 other climate visionaries.
There will be nonalcoholic offerings for anyone abstaining from alcohol.
Saturday 10/14 VIP Climate Cohort
Select access to special custom home-brewed Imagined Futures tastes from Doodz Do Good, your own take-home tasting glass, and a chance to win big from local biz in the epic raffle. A dedicated way to celebrate and help support the work.
Saturday 10/14 Walking Tour with Karen Blondel
Join Karen for a walking tour for the in-depth digs on the issues at hand in Red Hook, from housing to heat shields.
Karen Blondel seems to know everyone and be everywhere at once. Don't pass up this opportunity to get the inside scoop on what's going on in Red Hook with your own two feet from an invaluable source.
Limit 25 people.
Saturday 10/14 Red Hook Wide • All Day
Saturday you're invited to travel all over Red Hook, learning and engaging in an interactive walking scavenger hunt in collaboration with youth from Red Hook Arts Project.
Head over to Pioneer Works to check out the exhibit Climate Futurism in partnership with Headlands Center for the Arts, curated by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Learn about Red Hook Initiative's community organizing and climate justice work, creating change from within for over 6,500 residents of the Red Hook public housing community. Step onto living history on the floating Waterfront Museum, built atop a 100 yr old + barge. Come volunteer at the RETI Center, an educational floating barge at GBX terminal where you’ll learn about models for a viable 2100. There we’ll welcome the docking of the Schooner Apollonia in their fall voyage of fossil-free goods down the Hudson. Join a bicycle parade to bring the unloaded malt and grain to Strong Rope Brewery, where we’ll celebrate the delivery with the help of Batalá New York.
Participants will be encouraged to learn more along the way with the interactive map app Final Notice started in 2018 by the artists and technologists of Danielle Russo Performance Project and the Youth Leaders at Red Hook Initiative and El Puente in collaboration with over 50 local activists, conservationists, environmentalists, historians, non-profit organizations, and grassroot initiatives across coastal Brooklyn. Final Notice exposes the ongoing effects of climate change, environmental racism, and historical erasure on the Brooklyn Waterfront.
Anyone who collects all the clues of the scavenger hunt can come Strong Rope Brewery for a free pour or nonalcoholic treat for those underage or abstaining from alcohol.
At Strong Rope there will be a climate catastrophe vs adaptogen giant Jenga tournament, epic raffle and group art show, including an interactive Next Epoch Seed Library from artists Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons. Settle into a Sail Freight Saturday extravaganza where we’ll keep the party going into the evening, where you can pick up your pumpkins sailed in from upstate or Hudson goods while local bluegrass Barge Rat Band keeps it loose, brought to you by Shipwrecked.
SUNDAY 10/15 Community Workshop
Sunday we’ll hold a community workshop facilitated debate with Thaddeus Pawlowski of Columbia's Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes and a panel on “the Egret vs Regret,” what we can learn and do from climate adaptation. Sunday’s your chance to dive deeper- engage, process, disagree together, with the help of community facilitator and therapist Jennie Kogan.