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>Public Art Opening and Celebration: Ziemia - Picnic on Earth

Saturday, June 9, 2018

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

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Bring your kids, and join us for a free outdoor community event, appreciate new piece of art in the park, reflect on the neighborhood’s past, enjoy educational workshops, live music, gadgets and delicious snacks. Take part in the Sto Lat Polska project to win a plane ticket to Poland! Brought to you by The Polish Cultural Institute New York, as a celebration of the centennial of Poland regaining its independence.

Ziemia ("Earth" in Polish), is a socially-engaged public art project by artist Martynka Wawrzyniak created in collaboration with Greenpoint residents. The core object takes the form of a ceramic orb glazed with a mixture of clay excavated in Greenpoint and soils contributed by participating residents from places that are symbolically representative of their identities including around twelve countries.

At the opening event, children will take part in creative ecological workshops referencing the materials used in the Ziemia orb: a Soil-Painting Workshop, a Seed Bomb Workshop, and a Sculpture Workshop. Kids will be invited to create their own art with clay, seeds, found objects, and provided art materials.

An accompanying exhibition, What Defines Greenpoint Identity, reflects on the footprints generations of immigrants have left in the neighborhood throughout the years.

A live concert will be performed by Zorya, a musical project created by Polish singer and violinist Karolina Beimcik. This group has its roots in Slavic mythology and is a fresh representation of Eastern European folk music. Karolina Beimcik - voice, violin, Rafa Sarnecki - guitar, Matt Aronoff - double bass.

Join us in celebrating the centennial! “Sto lat!” which literally means “one hundred years” and is the most common way to wish somebody happy birthday in Poland. Using our #StoLatPolska app, take a picture to turn into a birthday postcard for Poland, and get the chance to win an airline ticket to Poland! In 1926 Poland sent the US a birthday card with 5.5 million signatures! Help us beat this number!

The Ziemia opening takes place in 2018, the centennial of Poland regaining its independence. The United States played a role in securing Poland’s freedom: in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson declared American support for an independent Poland in his Fourteen Points. The Polish Cultural Institute New York considers Ziemia a meaningful symbol of Polish-American relationship and a gift from the Polish community to the New York neighborhood of Greenpoint, which many Poles have called their home.

Ziemia will be on view through June 2019.

What Defines Greenpoint Identity will be on view through September 30, 2018


2:00 Ecological workshops for kids

3:00-3:20 Inaugural speeches

3:30 – 4:00 Jazz concert

4:00 - 4:20 Alex Storozynski and Mike Batthany set including a premiere song on Greenpoint!

4:20- 5:00 Jazz by Jesse Lynch Ensemble

2:00- 5:00 Sto Lat, Polska! A Postcard To Poland

4:00- 5:00 picnic with Polish touch bites by Eat


Ziemia is presented thanks to the support and collaboration of the Polish Cultural Institute New York, NYC Parks, and co-organized with the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn.


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