to Jun 11

Resilience + Resistance NYC // Urban Waterways and Water Systems

  • Swale Floating Food Forest (map)
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Eco Practicum NYC on aboard Swale floating food forest. 

How do we manage the flows of water into, within, and out of the city? What are the current toxicity levels of urban waterways, and how can we remediate them so that water can, once again, be a site for fishing and swimming? With the EPA facing an uncertain future, what are state and city agencies, as well as citizen groups, doing to protect the regional water assets, which include the largest unfiltered water supply system in the world. 

Program Highlights:

  • Create and paint with natural dyes
  • Tour Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant 
  • Test Hudson River water quality and discuss toxic remediation 
  • Meet with artists whose work engages climate change mitigation and adaptation 
  • Host a film screening of “Chasing Ice” and discuss the new politics of water
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to Jun 4

Resilience + Resistance NYC // Public Food and Urban Agriculture

  • Swale Floating Food Forest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eco Practicum NYC on board Swale floating food forest

Spend the week exploring the many ways that food shapes New York City. Learn about the policies that make it illegal to grow and forage for food in public parks, and consider cooperative local stewardship as an alternative to traditional conservation practices. Consider the precarious role of government in making decisions about food and land, and the issues surrounding resilience as the climate becomes ever more unpredictable. 

Program Highlights:

  • Make healing tinctures with medicinal plants
  • Visit Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, the largest food pantry and urban farm in Brooklyn
  • Embark on a food foraging expedition with freegan.info
  • Host a film screening of Agnes Varda’s “The Gleaners and I” and discuss gleaning as creative practice 
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4:00 PM16:00

Artists + DDC

Please join us. DDC staff is invited to engage in conversation with DDC’s Public Artist in Residence, Mary Miss, and socially-engaged artists Eve Moser, Sarah Cameron Sunde, and Eugenia Manwelyan during a special event in the atrium.

Among the topics discussed will be identifying potential access points for artists in our processes, how to bring about change within the agency, and other ways creative practice might enhance the agency’s role in building the city.

Please RSVP to Ingrid Redman at redmani@ddc.nyc.gov or x1640. Seating will be limited to 50 participants.

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