[Photo by William Bourassa Jr.]
Planning is underway for the 2019 version of Ecological City, described as "a climate action, ecological urban pilgrimage and performance art event."
Here's more on it via the EVG inbox...
ECOLOGICAL CITY: A Cultural & Climate Solutions Action Project engages the Lower East Side community through creative strategies, co-creating a theatrical pageant, to celebrate and bring together climate resiliency and ecological sustainability solutions throughout the gardens, neighborhood and East River Park waterfront, and their contribution to city and global climate challenges.
Ecological Arts Workshops run March 2 – May 8, every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m., creating spectacular giant puppets, costumes, and performances exploring local sustainability sites and climate solution initiatives. Groups and organizations are invited to develop group arts projects.
Visual arts and performance projects created through the workshops are presented in the culminating Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions on Saturday, May 11, with 20 site performances celebrating ecological sustainability initiatives throughout the community gardens, neighborhood, and East River Park waterfront on the Lower East Side.
Help us cultivate an ecologically sustainable future through joyous affirmation and creative collective action!
This year's procession through neighborhood community gardens will include "a creative community response" to the city's recent abrupt changes to storm-proofing East River Park. As previously reported, the city plans to "lift" East River Park by up to 10 feet when work starts in March 2020. However, to do this, the city will need to close East River Park for up to three and a half years, bulldozing all the current amenities.
For interested parties, the first 2019 planning meeting is tomorrow (Feb. 6) at 6:30 p.m. at the Loisaida Inc. Center – 710 E. Ninth Street between Avenue C and Avenue D. Find all the details at this link. You can find photos from last year's procession at this EVG post.