Arts in Parts was created to help the young minds of Rockaway get back on their feet in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. For five years, we have held summer day camps and regular weekend/after-school workshops that mix artist-led projects with learning about the environment.
In late 2017, Arts in Parts lost its long-time home base. After months of uncertainty, Marina59 has generously offered us a site in Rockaway for long-term use, right on Jamaica Bay. We aim to install a shipping container to serve as the home base for our ongoing program.
Why is this important?
Rockaway’s unique environment, a mixture of ocean, bay, and city, is the raw material and curriculum for Arts in Parts. For our first program in our new venue, we will partner with digital art nonprofit Rhizome for a summer day camp inspired by their Seven on Seven program for art and technology collaborations. The summer camp, called “SEA LEVEL,” will focus on art, technology, and the environment through a series of artist-led workshops and projects.
Each day will be led by a guest artist, who will create unique new artworks with the participants. Several camp days will also be held at Edgemere Farm, a nearby ½-acre urban farm that serves the community as a place for teaching and learning about growing plants, bees, and chickens.
What will your contribution support?
The funding from this Kickstarter will go to the purchase, delivery, and installation of items needed for our new Marina59 campus, including a shipping container, tent, and tables. Any additional funds raised will go to additional fit-out and to enriching the Arts in Parts program.
Through Kickstarter, we want to connect with supporters who share our belief in alternative, community-centered models for teaching kids about art and the environment. Also, we want to invite Rockaway's broader communities, including our summer guests, to be a part of the making of our campus-in-a-container.
What rewards are we offering supporters?
Risks and challenges
If the campaign fails, we will run the summer day camp as planned with a more lightweight tent setup. If it is on track for successful funding, our fiscal sponsors Rhizome will order the container prior to the campaign’s end date so that it can be in situ for the August 13 launch of SEA LEVEL.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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