Mixed Greens presents “Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber”

Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber by artist Rudy Shepherd, took place at First Street Green park and is still on display.

Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber from Mixed Greens on Vimeo.

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Mural 2014 Contest Winners

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CONGRATULATIONS! To all visual artists whom submitted mural designs in our Mural Open Call 2014. Thank you to everyone who applied. The Murals Opening is September 27th during the First Street Block Party (details to follow)

Winners (from left to right): Marc/Cram Concepts, Adam Kidder, Rob Plater, Claudio Limon, Diane Bowen, Ben Hillario-Caguiat, Kim Sillen, and Nikki Muller.

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WoW

On Saturday August 9th, A collaborative effort between Urban Word NYC, City Lore, Bowery Arts & Science and First Street Green, made possible with support from the Hive Digital Learning Fund, WORDS ON WALLS combined digital learning with neo-futurist graffiti celebrating cultural diversity, neighborhood histories and the power of youth voice.The young poets were a treasure, and the Mighty Third Rail musicians were perfect with them. The projections (graphics created by the poets) were beautiful paired with the graffiti on our walls. The FSG plaza never looked better. A wonderful evening.

Check out more photos from The Best of Words on Walls here

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CPI with First Street Green

CPI in collaboration with First Street Green, is producing a series of public roundtable discussions, architectural installations, and activities in July and August 2014.

Click the link for more info!

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The Best of Words on Walls

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August 9th, 2014, we will be hosting a live spoken word event at the park!

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OSMOS: Screening of Ensemble by Mel O’Callahagn

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For Immediate Release:
Screening of Ensemble by Mel O’Callaghan

Tuesday, July 29th 9:00 PM
Wednesday, July 30th 9:00 PM

First Park, 33 East First Street, Manhattan, New York

Curated by OSMOS in collaboration with First Street Green

With Mel O’Callaghan’s Ensemble we are witness to an act of struggle, triumph and retreat. Three men move into the frame and prepare their hose to fire. We watch as they lean into and against the elemental force of the water. After some time a lone man moves into frame and walks improbably against the extreme force of the hose. He fights against it yet ultimately prevails as he pushes forward and the men begin to retreat.

The man is pushed to his physical limit and accordingly the space he is in speaks of this struggle. It is in the liminal threshold between the two screens that the greatest action takes place. Man protests against the violence of man and triumphs.

“By sculpting bodies of stone and water with one’s own body, the physical labor might not only be seen as repetitive and violent, but also as introspective and meditative. In this way, the figures seem to be distancing themselves mentally from the act and the site of endurance.” Anja Isabel Schneider

Born in 1975 in Sydney, Australia, Mel O’Callaghan lives and works in Paris, France. Her work was presented in 2014 at The 19th Biennale of Sydney. In 2014 she will have solo exhibitions at the Museum Medeiros e Almeida and Encontros Da Imagem, Lisbon, Portugal. She is represented by Galerie Allen in Paris.

For more information contact: Cay Sophie Rabinowitz / osmos.address@gmail.com

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CPI “Public Interface La Ronde Table”

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The WorkGroup from CPI has organized two Public Interface. LaTableRondes.
PI-LTR brings together 30 participants; some invited, some not to engage in a public discussion. There will be open seats if you wish to drop into the discussion.

Sunday July 20th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM: “On Public Space and the Commons” Prompt by Tal Berry and Matej Vakula

“Places also provide a location for creative praxis that can help instigate the formation of new political subjectivities.”
-Beyond Zucotti: “Emplacing Democratic Design” By Michael Rios

We will discuss the limits and possible futures of urban public spaces, the function of the commons and whether it exists today, architectures of inclusion and exclusion, and share tactics for re-commoning spaces.
What are the driving forces behind the privatization of public space?
What kinds of public spaces will be needed in the future and how can activation and use be encouraged and accommodated in new and inventive ways?
How can Architectures of Inclusion support cultural forms of citizenship?

Sunday July 27th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM: Mary Mattingly “On What Comprises A Site”

Public space is a battleground. Art can be a cognitive tool to access complexity and mediate agencies with communities, collaborate with non-profits and government institutions. There is a possibility for creating a new political language through recording engagement and working towards new micro-policies. How have we seen this work, and not work? How can we reconfigure sites of intervention? What road blocks have we come across in our own work, and how can we work together to tackle them?

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Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Quirky Productions

Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Quirky Productions
“Quirky Productions,” a burgeoning New York City theater company, is proud to announce our upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

July 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th, from 7-9pm at First Street Green Park, the characters will journey through modern-day Brooklyn, where cultures collide.

The lovers, Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius, are torn apart due to an arranged marriage in their home of Park Slope, and flee the scene for a romantic adventure through Brooklyn. They find themselves at a Williamsburg warehouse rave, run by Oberon, Titania, and Puck of the faeries. Meanwhile, hipster mechanicals prepare a play, directed by Peter Quince and taken over by the overwhelming, overcompensating Bottom, while taking a break from selling chotskies from their Etsy accounts. Magical chaos ensues!

The show stars: Yadin Goldman (Ha-Hamama), Eleah Burman, Ilona Concetta, Steve Godoy, Drew Scott, Kate-Olivia O’Brien, James Kamensky, Jon Bremner, Case Watson, Melissa Mickens, Regina Strayhorn, Abigail Taylor-Sansom, Pop Peterson, and Otter Lee.

Tickets are free and can be reserved at quirkyproductions.yapsody.com . You can contact us at quirkyproductionsofficial@gmail.com for more inquiries.

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Open Call for Murals 2014!

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First Street Green, in cooperation with NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, calls for ideas and volunteer support for an initiative to paint murals on the plywood walls installed in First Park, along the north side of Houston Street near Second Avenue.

Each selected artist will be assigned a site within a designated sub-section of the panels. These panels will be repainted on a rotating basis, with an average duration of 2 to 3 months. Proposals can involve single sections or multiple section designs.

The artists chosen will execute their designs. Artists will be responsible for the cost of all art materials and clean-up, and the completion of their design.

Deadline for Submissions has been extended to July 31, 2014.

Please submit a proposal image for one or more of the wall sections.

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West wall is 8 feet high x 80 feet wide. Section reserved for one large project.
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East wall is also 8 feet high divided into 7 sections of varying lengths.

E1 -Plaza to Tree 1 – 8 feet
E2 -Tree 1 to Tree 2 – 20 feet
E3 -Tree 2 to Tree 3 – 23 feet
E4 -Tree 3 to Tree 4 – 19 feet
E5 -Tree 4 to Tree 5 – 27 feet
E6 -Tree 5 to Tree 6 – 32 feet
E7 -Tree 6 to Storage Shed – 37 feet

Kindly email your proposal to FSG Murals, fsgmurals@gmail.com. Please include your real name and telephone number.
The proposal should include an image at 72 dpi/ppi, (not more, oversized attachments do not go through) of what you would like to create as either an attached image or a URL to a web page containing it. Also send a URL to representative samples of your prior work.

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Make Music New York 2014

Make Music New York Inc. is a NYC- based nonprofit that organizes two annual, participatory musical celebrations: Make Music New York on June 21st, the summer solstice, and Make Music Winter on December 21st, the winter solstice.

At First Street Green Park, we were lucky to have artists, Honeychild Coleman, SA, and Electric Djinn. Many people joined in as the sun shine and musical sounds brought happiness to the park.honeychild colemanSAElectric Djinn

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