Upcoming Events Calendar

DNA of Water
Mar 26 @ 10:00 AM – Sep 4 @ 5:00 PM

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Main Hall- Building C
Opening Reception: March 26, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Exhibit open from March 26, 2017-September 3, 2017
Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

The DNA of Water exhibition considers how water has traditionally and simultaneously functioned as border, passageway, and gateway. Using Thomas More’s 1516 book, Utopia, as a jumping off point, curator Sasha Dees invites audiences to ask the questions: How do we as a people relate to our history, our present and future? Are we willing to question history and adapt in the present? Are we willing and able to continuously make the needed changes and reform ourselves to be equipped for the future?

Curated by Sasha Dees, featuring the work of Deborah Jack, Petri Saarikko, Sasha Huber and Simone Bennett.

This project is in part made possible by: Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland & VISEK (for Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko), Mondriaan Foundation (for the work by Simone Bennett).

Botany and Beauty: Artists Celebrate the Plants of Snug Harbor
Apr 26 @ 12:00 AM – Jun 25 @ 5:00 PM

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art

The Commons Gallery | Building G
$5 Gallery Admission ($4 Students/Seniors/Members. Free for children under 12.)
Exhibition lasts from April 26-June 25

Opening Reception: Sat, May 6, 2017, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM (Free Admission)

Support your favorite local artists in Botany and Beauty, a group show celebrating art inspired by Snug Harbor’s gardens, plants, and flowers.

Plants give us the air we breathe and the food we eat through the oxygen and sugars produced by photosynthesis. That same process nourished the very origins of life over 400 million years ago. Plants also sustain us on a spiritual level, giving us continuity, peace, and inspiring botanical gardens like Snug Harbor.

In Botany and Beauty, the artists express their gratitude to our local flora through sculpture, painting, printmaking, and mixed media.

Artists: Larry Anderson, Mary Bullock, Anthony Butera, Richard Capuozzo, Brendan Coyle, Steve Foust, Griselda Healy, Patti Kelly, Ann Marie McDonnell, Bill Murphy, John Naughton, Kurt Novak, Andrea Phillips, Vincent Verdi, Universal Temple of the Arts

Curator: Mary Bullock

The entrance to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is located at the front of Building C.  Summer hours are Wed-Sun, 10AM-5PM.

Peony Walk
Apr 29 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Meet in front of the Carl Grillo Glass House
Admission $10  |  BUY TICKETS HERE
Tour is rain or shine.   For questions, contact education@snug-harbor.org.

Peonies have inspired gardeners, artists, and poets for over a thousand years.  Some of them evoke images that match the exquisite beauty of the flowers: Flying Swallow in Red Dress, Gold Flecks in Chinese Ink, Green Dragon in a Pink Pool, and Necklace with Precious Pearls. Bring your friends and get inspired with us. 

PASS Dance: Lys Obsidian’s Kala Lolo
Apr 29 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
Buildings C & G
5:00 PM Reception
6:00 PM Performance, with artist Q + A immediately following
$10 Admission | BUY TICKETS HERE

Join us for an exciting PASS performance featuring Lys Obsidian, a dancer and performance artist with a background in fusion belly dance and butoh. Lys makes work that explores issues around gender and sexuality. She plays with cultural expectations and perceptions of what it means to be raised female. A collaborative artist, Lys Obsidian’s Kala Lolo gives a platform for local musicians, poets, and movers to express and subvert gender identity.

In Lys’s upcoming Kala Lolo, she will be performing three vignettes: Hatchet, a collaboration with poet Rachel Therres, Things Kept Secret, a solo dance regarding the policing of female-born bodies, and an untitled collaborative piece with performance artist Crux Rhodes.

This event is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The 2016-2017 PASS series is curated by Gabri Christa.

PASS is a curated performance series presented on the last Saturday of the month at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in Buildings C/G. The salon’s focus is on original works in performing arts (music, dance, theater, and multimedia) in different stages of development. When possible, works are developed in residence at Snug Harbor. Each PASS presentation has a pre-performance reception and is followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about the work. The 2016-2017 PASS series was curated by Gabri Christa. 

Farm & Garden Work Days (NYC Compost)
May 3 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Admission: FREE

First Wednesday of the month: Meet at Heritage Farm (Site 24)
Third Saturday of the month: Meet at Compost Demonstration Garden (Site 23)

Cultivate an intimate understanding of the interconnections between soil, plants, and human health by working directly with the land. We’ll be getting our hands and knees dirty with tasks that include soil care, weeding, planting, bed preparation, composting, etc.

Bring a water bottle, sun hat, closed toe shoes, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Turn & Learn (NYC Compost)
May 3 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Compost Demonstration Site (Site 23)
Free Admission- RSVP Here

Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while working on the NYC Compost Project demonstration site. Learn sustainable landscape management practices and help us make compost. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Noble Maritime Collection: CloseKnit
May 4 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

CloseKnitNoble Maritime Collection (Building D)

CloseKnit, the Noble Maritime Collection’s longest-running public program, is free and open to knitters of all skill levels. We donate the goods members make to community charities including the The Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas at Sea program and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Consider joining them, or tell a knitter that you know!

Master Composter Certificate Course (NYC Compost)
May 4 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Compost Demonstration Site (Site 23)
Thursdays, April 13th – June 1st, 6:00 PM– 9:00 PM
Course Fee:  $40 (limited scholarships available)

The NYC Compost Master Composter Certificate Program is an advanced composting course that trains a select group of New Yorkers every year to support, develop, and maintain community-based composting projects across all five boroughs. Applications due March 31, 2017. For more information and to register, visit nyc.gov/compostproject or call (718) 425-3558.

Youth Matters: Calpulli Dance Company
May 5 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Music Hall
Building T
School Performance: 11:00 AM
Admission: $5 per student

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates the rich diversity of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural heritage through dance-based programming, including live music.

Educators interested in arranging class trips can email education@snug-harbor.org to RSVP.

Snug Harbor Plant Sale (Snug Harbor Members only)
May 5 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Perennial Garden and Carl Grillo Glass House Lawn (Sites 9 and 10)
Friday, May 5, 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM (Exclusive to Snug Harbor Cultural Center Members)
Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (General public)

Your garden will be the envy of the block with rare annuals and hardy perennials on sale. The Heritage Farm has seedlings ready to transplant in your home garden such as herbs, kale, tomatoes, peppers and more.  The NYC Compost Project will give away 15-pound bags of DSNY Compost (while supplies last).  Rain or shine.