Upcoming Events Calendar

Aug
20
Sat
Here We Are: Young, Black, and Indigenous Women in the Art World
Aug 20 @ 12:00 PM – Dec 31 @ 5:00 PM

Image credit: Ify Chiejina

Here We Are: Young, Black, and Indigenous Women in the Art World is a showcase of five New York-based woman artists who share their art as an extension of themselves. Featuring work by Jaclyn Burke, Ify Chiejina, Jodi Dareal, Debbie Roxx, and Arrianna Santiago, Here We Are explores aspects of culture and identity, while centering the experiences of young, Black, and Indigenous artists working in a field where they rarely see themselves reflected.

On view: August 20 – December 31, 2022
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art – Gallery G, Galleries 3 & 4

Opening Day Party: August 20, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Tickets here

Here We Are: Young Black and Indigenous Women in the Art World is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Julia Forrest: Transcendence
Aug 20 @ 12:00 PM – Dec 31 @ 5:00 PM

Using film photography and no digital manipulation, Julia Forrest poses nymph-like women in landscapes. Through mirrors, reflections, and forced perspective, Forrest creates an illusion in front of the lens. In Transcendence, a solo exhibition featuring new work by Forrest, seemingly docile subjects possess a mysterious power to move the landscape at will. Changing shape and scale, they pick up parts of the landscape while transforming it completely.

On view: August 20 – December 31, 2022
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art – Gallery G, Galleries 1&2

Opening Day Party: August 20, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Tickets here

Julia Forrest is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens. Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, Abrons Art Center, and USDAN Center. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses. Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.

Julia Forrest: Transcendence is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Kathy Westwater: PARK Ephemera
Aug 20 @ 12:00 PM – Dec 31 @ 5:00 PM

Image credit: Marina Zamalin

With PARK Ephemera, choreographer Kathy Westwater presents a collection of work emerging from PARK, her nearly fifteen-year choreographic inquiry into the site of the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, New York. Once the largest landfill in the world, the site is currently being transformed into a public park, a transition that Westwater has closely witnessed through her dance, somatic, and material practice.

On view: August 20 – December 31, 2022
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art – Main Hall Gallery in Building C

Opening Day Party: August 20, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Tickets here

August 20, 2:00 PM, Main Hall Gallery: Opening day performance of The Collapsing Duets by Kathy Westwater
With dancers Ilona Bito, Marisa Clementi, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Glenn Potter-Takata, Rakia Seaborn, Nathalia Trogdon, Alexander Romania, and Lu Yim
With live music by Sean Meehan

Mining her current and previous years of accumulated research at the site, PARK Ephemera is a time-capsule of past performances and an earlier era of environmental remediation, presented as the first portion of parkland opens to the public in Spring 2023. The work explores how  environmental trauma, grief, and complicity can be collectively processed through the physical body and through dance. As a living archive, the exhibition brings together material spanning installation, sculpture, photography, video, poetry, and performance. With an eye to Fresh Kills’ hybrid composition of discarded, engineered, and natural materials, the exhibition engages embodied forms of making, unmaking, and making again.

As we continue to create landfills and sites like them, overwhelming the earth, Westwater probes the capacity of art to interrupt the individual and shared everyday rituals of throwing things away, to consider their destination. PARK Ephemera brings audiences into an intimate dialogue with waste matter, to imagine collective futures of regeneration.

In addition to her exhibition at the Newhouse Center, this Fall Westwater will present new performance research at Fresh Kills and Gibney Center in Manhattan.

Collaborating artists who have contributed to this work include: architect/visual artist Seung Jae Lee, photographers Anja Hitzenberger and Marina Zamalin, poet Jennifer Scappettone, videographers Mark Robison and Alexander Romania, musicians Sean Meehan and Tamio Shiraishi, and performers Ilona Bito, Marisa Clementi, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Alexander Romania, Rakia Seaborn, Stacy Lynn Smith, Glenn Potter-Takata, Nathalia Trogden, and Lu Yim, among others.

Kathy Westwater, described by the New Yorker as “an unconventional choreographer experiencing a surge of recognition” has choreographically pursued radical dance forms since 1996. Her work responds to the social landscape in which it manifests, often by taking up our most challenging experiences such as pain, as in her Bessie-nominated work Rambler, Worlds A Part (2019). With other major works she has explored the built environments of monuments (Anywhere, 2016) and landfills and parks (PARK, 2009-present); war and pain (Macho, 2008); intersections of human and animal culture (twisted, tack, broken, 2005); psycho-physical states of fear (Dark Matter, 2002); and interactive virtual environments (The Fortune Cookie Dance, 1999). Westwater is the recipient of the 2017 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, the first woman to receive the prize. She was born in Virginia, grew up in Kentucky, and lives in the Bronx, NYC.

PARK Ephemera is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

PARK is created with the support of a 2020-21 PASS/CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and the College of Staten Island made possible through generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, with additional support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Snug Harbor is a proud partner with the CUNY Dance Initiative. 

PARK is supported by Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund in 2020 & 2022; and, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund.

It is developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center Residency program. 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by The Freshkills Park Alliance.

Theatrical performances of PARK are commissioned by Gibney and curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa as part of the organization’s Gibney Presents series for the 2022-23 Season. This commission includes financial, residency, administrative, and production support.

Oct
31
Mon
Spooky Snug Harbor Tour
Oct 31 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Snug Harbor is one of Staten Island’s most beautiful historic destinations. And, if the legends are true, one of its most haunted…

This fall, join us for “Spooky Snug Harbor,” a series of nighttime walking tours aimed at shedding light on Snug Harbor’s darkest history.

BUY TICKETS HERE

Halloween Special: Extended Tour

October 31, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

General admission: $30
Snug Harbor Member: $25

Guided by local history enthusiast Michael Pelczar, founder of Spooky Staten Island, you’ll hear never-before-published information on a flashlight tour of Snug Harbor:

Journey back in time to learn about murder, mayhem, and hauntings at Snug Harbor. Visit the final resting place of Captain Robert Randall, whose wealth willed Snug Harbor into existence, and ponder the mystery of Chaplain Quinn’s murder, a crime that gripped the nation. Learn about the 19th century disaster that rattled the harbor’s buildings and the unlikely reason its sole survivor escaped, and discover a disappearance that sent the institution into a frenzy.

Celebrate the Halloween season at one of Staten Island’s most iconic locations!

Nov
3
Thu
Fall Foliage Walk
Nov 3 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Tour Snug Harbor when the autumn colors are at their most beautiful! The Fall Foliage Tour begins at the Visitor Info Booth on Chapel Road, continuing through the Pond Garden and ending in the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden.

WHEN: November 3 and 5 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
WHERE: Meet at Visitor Info Booth at Gazebo Road and Chapel Road
ADMISSION: $10 | Snug Harbor Members: $8

BUY TICKETS HERE

Nov
5
Sat
Compost Volunteer Day at the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm
Nov 5 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Help our Heritage Farm team spread compost on the farm fields and prep beds for the spring planting season. Volunteers will assist with compost sifting, compost spreading, weeding and more! Learn about soil health and urban farming while helping us prepare for the season.

WHEN: November 5 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: Meet at Compost Demo Site at Snug Harbor
ADMISSION: Free | Registration requested

We will be outside getting dirty and doing physical work. Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty and bring a water bottle. This event will happen rain or shine.

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

Heritage Farm Stand Saturdays
Nov 5 @ 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Explore the fresh produce harvested from the Heritage Farm each Saturday from May to November at the Heritage Farm Stand!

WHEN: Saturdays from May 7 –  November 19 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

***Note: The Heritage Farm Stand on Saturday, October 1 will be cancelled due to a heavy rain forecast. We apologize for the inconvenience.***

WHERE: Gazebo Road (See our campus map for directions)

Check out our Heritage Farm Stand Thursdays and Sundays for more locally-grown goodness!

We accept SNAP/EBT and P-EBT. Learn about this week’s new crops and how to prepare them from our friendly and knowledgeable farm staff! Grown using organic techniques, this is the freshest produce you can find in Staten Island. Don’t forget to drop off your food scraps for the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor.  Heritage Farm Stands are rain or shine. 

Shinrin-Yoku United presents: Forest Bathing Nature Therapy (In-person walks)
Nov 5 @ 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Forest therapy, also known as forest bathing, is a nature therapy based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. It is an approach where you take the time to reconnect with nature, with your body, your senses, feelings and emotions. It has recently become one of the well appreciated techniques used to improve your mental health and wellness in an easy, well-accessible way.

WHEN:

Sunday, September 11: 9:30 AM
Sunday, September 18: 9:30 AM
Saturday, September 24: 9:30 AM
Thursday, September 29: 12:00 PM
Saturday, October 1: 9:30 AM
Sunday, October 9: 9:30 AM
Thursday, October 20: 12:00 PM
Sunday, October 30: 9:30 AM
Saturday, November 5: 9:30 AM
Thursday, November 10: 12:00 PM
Thursday, December 8: 12:00 PM
Sunday, December 11: 9:30 AM

WHERE: Meet at the RCSF Tuscan Garden for the start of the workshop, which will then proceed to the forest and Healing Garden on the south side of Snug Harbor.

ADMISSION: $40 per session | REGISTER HERE

Shinrin-Yoku forest therapy can help you to:
– Softly reduce stress and relieve anxiety
– Induce a gentle calm and clarity
– Increase creativity
– Refocus aspirations and refresh yourself

In-person walks will guide you through a series of meditative, mindful invitations, where you will start noticing through your senses the subtle beauty around and within you. These events are rain or shine.

Pumpkin Smash
Nov 5 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Bring pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and gourds to the Pumpkin Smash for a smashing good time! After you smash them, the NYC Compost Project will turn them into compost for New York City parks and green spaces.

WHEN: November 5 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WHERE: Compost Demonstration Site at Snug Harbor
ADMISSION: Free | Registration requested here

The fun doesn’t stop there: we will also have a cooking demo with Sara Kabalkin, highlighting delicious fall flavors, crafts and activities for the kids, and DJ Tyson spinning the tunes for getting your groove on. While at the event, visit with the NYC Urban Park Rangers and NYPL South Beach Library. They’ll have some critters and goodies for you to enjoy.

Can’t make it? You can bring your jack-o-lanterns and food scraps to Snug Harbor food scrap drop-off site every day, dawn to dusk.

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

Shinrin Yoku United presents: Forest Bathing Nature Therapy (Virtual sessions)
Nov 5 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Forest therapy, also known as forest bathing, is a nature therapy based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. It is an approach where you take the time to reconnect with nature, with your body, your senses, feelings and emotions. It has recently become one of the well appreciated techniques used to improve your mental health and wellness in an easy, well-accessible way.

WHEN:

September 11: 12:00 PM
October 1: 12:00 PM
November 5: 12:00 PM
December 11: 12:00 PM

WHERE: Virtual via Zoom – The link to access the virtual session will be emailed to you the day before your event

ADMISSION: $40 | REGISTER HERE

Shinrin-Yoku forest therapy can help you to:
– Softly reduce stress and relieve anxiety
– Induce a gentle calm and clarity
– Increase creativity
– Refocus aspirations and refresh yourself

Virtual walks will guide you through a series of meditative, mindful invitations, where you will start noticing through your senses the subtle beauty around and within you. These events are rain or shine.