Carey Clark, Visual Arts Director at THE POINT CDC, reflects on the success of Memorial Day weekend’s Hunts Point Village of Murals tour, the first in a series of NOCD walks coordinated by the Municipal Art Society:
I was floored that 25 folks attended our tour, given that it was scheduled in the middle of a holiday weekend. The group was discerning, hardy and intrepid, bringing smart questions and keen observations. New York at its best. At one point, when I suggested that we shorten the mural tour as the threat of thunderstorms descended, there was a resounding “Nay!” Just as we arrived at THE POINT’s Campus for the Arts and Environment, the sun magically broke through a hooded sky. This was the perfect setting to explore an exhibition of Martine Fougeron’s photographs at our Brick House Studio, a preview of a broader photo-mural project that honors Hunts Point’s industries. Sustainable South Bronx gardener Colleen Lott also provided a tour of Rocking the Boat’s green roof, followed by a sustainable poached salmon meal provided by Down East Seafood, one of the neighborhood’s most humane local industries and one subject of Martine’s work.
The tour was such a great opportunity for THE POINT CDC to spread the word about what we do and some of our great partnerships that highlight the connection between art, environment and social justice. It was tremendous grist in formulating a process to document The Village of Murals and the start of a tradition. It would not have happened without our involvement in the NOCD-NY alliance.
Photo: Martine Fougeron
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