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Friday, August 10, 2018


The Ark has been painted at the library, and we are now ready for our big event this Saturday: Voter Registration Drive around the neighborhood. School children have made signs in English and Spanish to let everyone know that we will have a voter registration event. If you miss us, voter registration forms are available at the library in many languages. So no excuses: go out and vote this November!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

First Stop with the Ark: Street Cleaning on Saturday!

The day started very rainy and stormy... good thing we have an Ark! The clouds parted around 11 am and we were soon on our way to do our first event with the Ark: litter removal in Red Hook. We were joined by Ryan, a diver who cares deeply about the health of the ocean, and his girlfriend Nora. Below is the map of what we did in about 2 hours. We started at the library and went up Dwight, cut through Coffey Park, came back on Richards, and ended up on Wolcott back to the library.

We separated the litter as we went along: recycling in one bag, garbage in the other. The day was very humid, and we were a mess by the end of our cleaning journey, but we felt very good about what we accomplished, got numerous "thank yous" from residents, and chatted about the state of the world with library goers as we finished sorting the trash at the end of our run. We are going to use some of the detritus to make artwork and decorate the ark this week, so we kept straws, plastic bags, and bottle caps which we cleaned in our studio later that afternoon.

In the short time we were out cleaning, we collected 3 large bags of garbage and 4 bags of recycling in an 8-10 block radius. Remember that all this trash was probably going to end up in the river and eventually in the ocean. Street drains are typically not filtered so everything that goes in, ends up in our waterways.

What can YOU do to help?

- Do not throw garbage in the street: that includes cigarette butts! If you are a smoker, put your cigarette out and put the filter in an ashtray or garbage can
- Commit to picking up 3 pieces of street litter a day: if we all pitch in, the world will be a better place
- Avoid single use plastic! Use a tote bag to shop, bring your own mug to get your morning coffee, and bring your own utensils to avoid plastic forks and knives

Friday, August 3, 2018

It's here!!!

We have picked up the Ark from the wonderful David Spangler, delivered it smoothly to the Red Hook Public Library... and took it for a test drive. We are open for business!

Join us tomorrow morning at 10 am at the Red Hook Public Library
for our first event!

We will be doing street litter removal, followed by the traditional "washing of the trash" so we can use the detritus for future art projects. Street litter is typically not filtered, so it all ends up in the waterways, causing a lot of harm to the environment. This will help our world, and you get to hang out with Isabelle and Jeannine! So this should be fun too!!!

And remember, we are in Red Hook every Wednesday and Saturday until October for community and art events. If you want to use the Ark, please email Isabelle at

Next week: We decorate the Ark!!!

Friday, July 27, 2018


We have been working at the Red Hook Library for the past few months, conducting art workshops that focused on climate change and resiliency. We have also started to make contacts with the local Red Hook community, and building excitement about the upcoming Ark for the Arts. Please check the Schedule of Events page for any upcoming activities in Red Hook.

Well, the day is almost here... and we can just taste the excitement! David Spangler, who is making this project a reality just sent us a few photos of the Ark... and we just had to share!

We are going to be pulling this with a bicycle all summer around Red Hook, and have art workshops, book exchange, lectures, litter removal events, voter registration drives, and emergency preparedness training sessions. If you want to use the Ark for your own community event, please contact us!

... and check back to see when the community can decorate the Ark! We are set to launch next week!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Ark is almost here!!!
The wonderful and tireless David Spangler is building the Ark for us as we speak, and we expect the launch of the project to be on August 1... stay tuned!

In the meantime, we have made a schedule of events for the next few months. Locations and times will be added as we confirm with guests and volunteers. We will be in Red Hook every Wednesday and Saturday this summer.
If you want to use the Ark for your own project, please contact us:

As always, the Red Hook Public Library will be our home base, and information about events will also be found there.

Dates Events
Wed. August 1 Launch of the Ark. Location/Time TBD
Sat. August 4th Street Clean up! Meet at the Red Hook Public Library
Wed. August 8 Free art workshop in Coffey Park.
Sat. August 11 Voter registration drive in Red Hook.
Wed. August 15 Decorate the Ark! Meet at the Red Hook Public Library
Sat. August 18 Guest lecture: how did the Ark get made?
Wed. August 22 Free art workshop in Coffey Park.
Wed. August 29 Book exchange event.
Sat. September 1 Voter registration drive in Red Hook
Sat. September 15 Art workshop. Location/Time TBD
Sat. September 22 Guest lecture: emergency preparedness or recycling event.
Wed. September 26 Outreach with local schools
Sat. September 29 Movie night!
Wed. October 3 Outreach with local schools
Sat. October 6 Guest lecture: emergency preparedness or recycling event.
Wed. October 10 Outreach with local schools
Sat. October 13 Prepare for the Barnacle parade!
Sat. October 20 Prepare for the Barnacle parade!
Barnacle Parade! Location/Time TBD

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Are you prepared in an emergency?

Most of us will never have to face a life-threatening emergency. However, hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters do hit New York City, and it is important that you have an emergency for you, your family, and your house.

The information below is taken from the Center for Disease Control, and can be found at this web address:


Have an emergency kit ready in your home. The kit should have the following at minimum:
  • At Least a 3-day Supply of Food (canned goods that won't spoil) and Water (one gallon per person, per day). Don't forget a manual can opener!
  • Health supplies: if you are on medication, make sure you have 3 days worth of supplies
  • A First Aid kit
  • Emergency blankets
  • A whistle
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for the flashlight and your phone
  • Copies of any important documents and/or medical conditions
  • Cash
Optional but nice to have as well
  • Personal care items such as soap, toothbrush, baby wipes 
  • Maps of the area
  • Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
Don't forget to have the same plans for all your pets!


Make a communication plan with your family: disaster may strike at any time, not necessarily when everyone is at home at the same time. Phones and lines of communication may not be available. It is important that everyone in your home understands where to go and what to do, even if you cannot talk to one another. I have simply copied the recommendations from the CDC here:
ou and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster hits. Make a plan for how you will connect to each other. Start by taking the following steps:
  • Complete a contact card for each family member. Everyone should keep these cards with them at all times.
  • Choose an emergency contact. Memorize the phone number if you can. A friend or relative who lives out of town might be easier to reach in an emergency. During an emergency, family members can text or call this person to let them know that they are safe.
  • Make sure all your family members know how to text. Make sure everyone knows how to turn on a cell phone, find the text messaging app, type a message, and send it to a contact.
  • Know emergency telephone numbers. Keep them in your cell phone and post them near your home phones. Some good numbers to have are your emergency contact, the fire department, police station, and hospital near you.

Get the kids ready!

  • Teach kids how and when to call 911.
  • Quiz your kids on the plan to make sure they remember what to do.
  • Include your kids in planning and drills.

Make a Family Disaster Plan

Before making your disaster plan, it is important to know what types of emergencies are likely in your area and the best way to respond. For example, if tornadoes are common in your area, you will need to know what the warning signs are and where to take shelter. Check with your Local Red Cross chapter or Emergency Management Agency for more information about disasters that might happen in your community.
  • Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster. For example, during an earthquake you will need to “drop, cover, and hold on” under a sturdy desk or table. However, during a tornado, you would need to seek shelter in a lower level room without windows. Learn more about different types of disasters.
  • Choose multiple meeting places. Different disasters may require you to go to different places. Make sure you choose a meeting place in your neighborhood, a meeting place just outside your neighborhood, and a meeting place out of town.
  • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways to get out of each room.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Review these plans with all members of your family. Practice your disaster plans by running drills with the whole family.
  • Don’t Forget Pets! Think about what you would do with your pets, because they may not be allowed in emergency shelters. For more information, check out Preparing Your Pet for Emergencies.


Stay Informed: below
  • Check with your local emergency management agency. Find out what kinds of emergencies could happen in your area.
  • Find out how to get local emergency alerts.Check with your local health department or emergency management agency to see how they share emergency information and find out the best ways to get disaster information from local authorities. Some communities use:
    • Emergency texts
    • Phone calling systems
    • Digital road signs
    • Social media
    • Sirens and speakers
  • Learn about your community’s warning signals. Be able to recognize what the warning signals sound and look like and what you should do when you hear or see them.
  • Tune in. Listen to and watch reliable news sources. Keep a weather radio handy.

Watches and Warnings

In addition to understanding how you will be informed of potential threats, you need to understand the terms that are used for weather threats.
  • A watch means that there is a high possibility that a weather emergency will occur. When a severe storm watch is issued for your area, continue to listen to the radio or television for updates and pay attention to visible weather changes around you.
  • A warning means that a weather emergency is already happening, or will happen soon. When you hear a warning, take immediate action
is also taken directly from the CDC

Sunday, April 29, 2018

And it's beautiful...

The tireless Jeannine Bardo had led free art workshops at the Red Hook Library all winter. This Saturday, the final touches of the mural were put in place, and here is the big reveal:

Congratulations to all who participated on a job well done! And thank you to the staff of the Red Hook Public Library!