Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day, and while many people stayed home and enjoyed their day off, others rolled up their sleeves and answered Dr. King’s Call for Service. Over 600 volunteers came to Sheepshead Bay High School to paint, cobble and clean for the 10th annual MLK Day of Service.
“The students and teachers that work here and attend school here, live in communities that were most affected [by Superstorm Sandy],” said Erica Hamilton, executive director of City Year New York, to CBS 2 News.
Among the good deeds performed by the volunteers, which culled together students and community members, were the painting of murals designed by students and the building of benches and bookshelves to help spruce up the Sheepshead Bay High School. They also painted handbags and made cards for special needs students.
The murals, all painted by students, reflected different themes including careers, performing arts and literature.
View the photos from the event.
The new tiled mural at the Avenue U train station on the Q line has been named one of the top public artworks in the United States by the 2012 Americans for the Arts Convention held in San Antonio, Texas.
Brooklyn Seeds, created by Jason Middlebrook in 2011, is a large mosaic of flowers that runs along the wall inside the station. It was created using glass mosaic and ceramic tile, and the plants are based on wildflowers that grow in urban areas, through cracks in the sidewalks, in alleys, and along walls.
“He addresses our often ambivalent relationship toward nature in contemporary life, where the beauty of nature can be roped off or overlooked in our highly developed cities,” according to the MTA press release.
The work of art was commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit as part of a rehabilitation project for the Brighton line.
Now if only we can keep those doors from breaking…
After working side by side with an artist for one year to create beautiful tiles, members of the JASA Senior Alliance and SPARC’s Tile Program experienced feelings of satisfaction as their tiles, which were used to create murals on the wall of the Scheuer House of Manhattan Beach, were unveiled on Monday, July 16.
The unveiling of over 100 tiles on the “wall of joy,” took place in the courtyard of the Scheuer House, located at 161 Corbin Place. Over 50 people were present at the event. Several elected officials, including State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny and Senator David Storobin, attended this unveiling.
In producing these tiles, JASA, an organization dedicated to nourish and enhance the lives of the elderly in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island, partnered with “Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide,” (SPARC). SPARC is an art engagement program that places artists in senior centers across the New York Metropolitan area. It was created by the Office of the Mayor in 2009 as part of the “Mayor’s Age-Friendly Initiative,” and is partially funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Thanks to Gowanus Lounge, I’ll be on the lookout this week for the historian, otherwise known as, Master New York Factologist Kevin Walsh.
Gowanus Lounge said that his trip is specifically to take another look at the familiar mural at the Sheepshead Bay train station. But will the historian be able to keep himself from stopping by Randazzo’s for some clam chowder?
It might be that he’s already paid his visit. Has anyone seen him around this part of Forgotten NY area? He might be a little lost, though, since based on this quote, it sounds like he might be wandering over on West 15 Street in Coney Island (of course, he’s not wanderng — he’s the authority on all things New York and even wrote a book):
Sometimes, NYC history can be preserved in the unlikeliest of ways and in the most unusual places. Take a large mural along West 15th Street in the shadow of the BMT Brighton line (B, Q) just north of Sheepshead Bay Road. The mural, entitled “Sheepshead Bay’s Historic Future,” depicts Emmons Avenue as it was in 1994 and how the artist, Faith Palmer-Persen (probably with the camera in the mural), apparently predicted the ways it would evolve.
Anyone in Coney Island seen Mr. Walsh? please point him over here.