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Monday, October 1, 2018

Beach Clean up! Thank you Pioneer Works!

Pioneer Works invited the Ark for the Arts to attend their regatta on Saturday. We wanted to do a beach clean up for the occasion... and one of the Red Hook residents had already cleaned the beach! (5 garbage bags full!). Thank you kind stranger...

So instead, we finished decorating the interior of the Ark, with all the children and their parents. The weather was perfect, we had free hot dogs, what else can we ask for?!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

All 500 postcards have been written!

A few weeks ago, we started a Get Out the Vote campaign with the ACLU. We asked our neighbors, friends, and community to write personal messages on postcards provided by the ACLU, about why it's important to vote. We sometimes get overwhelmed by work, we sometimes get frustrated by politicians, but we always have to remember that voting is one of the ways we have to fix some of our problems, big and small. We are lucky to have been born in a democracy, and we have to remember that the rights we have can easily be snatched away from us. We need to stay engaged, and informed. We need to stay involved as citizens. We have finally reached our goal of 500 postcards written up, which will be sent out to the ACLU, where their volunteers will address the cards, and send them out to folks who did not vote in the last election. I hope they will inspire some to return to the polls, and make decisions about who will be in our congress the next two years.

Below are some of the postcards we have written. I hope that they inspire you to stay involved in civic life, pay attention to policies, and keep your politicians accountable, by voting!

Thursday, August 30, 2018


We collected over 100 books yesterday for Books Through Bars NYC (Thank you Bruce for coming by to pick them up!). We were so successful that we will do this again. So if you have books to donate, please make sure you follow us on Facebook so you can be on the look out for future book donation events.
If you want to donate or volunteer for Books Through Bars, make sure you visit their site.

As part of our civic engagement, we are also writing Get-Out-the-Vote postcards, so if you feel inspired to inspire others to vote, come see us at the library the next time were are there: Sept 15.

Mark your calendar for our big event: a beach clean up followed by a potluck picnic in Valentino Park on September 29!

Saturday, August 25, 2018



We are conducting a book drive/Book exchange to benefit Books Through Bars NYC.



PAPERBACK books in good condition

The Red Hook Public Library will have a drop-off box all day from 10 am to 6pm on 08/29/18.
Please contact us through our web page or Facebook page if you cannot come to the library.

Books Through Bars would love the following topics:
  • African-American history, especially 20th century
  • Native-American history
  • Latin-American history
  • Social sciences
  • How-to (drawing, origami, chess, knitting, sign language…)
  • Mayan and Aztec history
  • Memoirs and fiction by people of color
  • Mythology
  • Dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, atlases
  • Language studies
  • Sudoko/puzzles
  • Guides to starting a business
  • Yoga and pilates guides
  • Mass-market mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi


Red Hook Public Library:
7 Wolcott Street

Thursday, August 16, 2018


We had a wonderful kick-off event yesterday, and we wanted to share some of the photos here. The community came by the library, and we spent the afternoon making decorations with recycled materials (some of which came from our street clean-up event!). We are going to attach all the decorations (waves, dolphins, coral reefs, and various sea creatures) this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The wonderful David Spangler who BUILT the Ark will be there as well, so come by, talk to us, make art with us!

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!!!