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Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal is a multi-site exhibition, co-developed with Arts Gowanus, of artworks by more than 200 artists. On view outdoors at Coffey Park in Red Hook, outdoors at J.J. Byrne Playground in Park Slope, and indoors in the Great Room at the Old Stone House.

Indoor gallery hours are Noon – 3 pm Fridays – Sundays. The gallery may occasionally be closed due to space rentals for private events, please double check the calendar for the date you plan to visit.

Both the gallery and outdoor exhibits will be on view through June 26.

Participating artists consider what a “Utopia” (or ideal place) would look like for the communities of the neighborhoods bordering the Gowanus Canal. These include Gowanus, Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, and Red Hook.

This project is part of the ongoing Brooklyn Utopias exhibition series, developed by OSH Contemporary Curator Katherine Gressel, that highlights the importance of artists and communities in helping shape the future of a changing Brooklyn.

Some artists in Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal celebrate iconic or beloved aspects of the neighborhoods’ past or present that already feel “utopian” and the importance of their preservation. Others comment on existing plans for the area during a time of rapid redevelopment and rezoning. With climate crises, gentrification, financial instability and an ongoing pandemic hitting these communities especially hard, many artists present their own visions for a greener, healthier and more equitable Gowanus. Others explore a broader idea of urban utopia, with both local and global implications.

For more details, including public programs associated with the exhibition, please visit our Exhibitions page.

What do you want your climate-changing future to look like?

Imagine and build your own utopian future for the Gowanus through collage making with Sunk Shore artists Carolyn Hall & Clarinda Mac Low.

Materials will provided, feel free to bring your own printed images if you want to.

This is an outdoor workshop (weather permitting) in the garden outside the Old Stone House. All ages are welcome to participate, please use this link to register on Eventbrite.

Carolyn and Clarinda’s work is currently on view in our Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal exhibition in the OSH Great Room & in Sunk Shore at Open Source Gallery.

The Rites of Spring, produced by The Puppeteers Cooperative, is an annual pageant of puppets, music and stories for all ages.

The Rites of Spring has a history of addressing current social issues and climate change, portraying our struggles for dignity, justice and renewal with beautiful imagery and humor. This Spring The Puppeteers Cooperative takes our rising oceans as it’s theme, a subject close to home for citizens of New York. Come delight in this whimsical, dynamic performance for neighbors and families.

Here are photos from a prior Rites of Spring, and the wonderful Neighborhood of Trees performance in October of 2021.

UPDATE: The Stop ‘N’ Swap + Toy & Book Swap are combining into 1 big event!

Check in on 4th Street & 5th Ave when you arrive.

This is an outdoor event, masks and social distancing are encouraged.

 

GrowNYC Stop ‘N’ Swap:

Give away items you no longer need and take home something new to you at the Grow NYC Stop ‘N’ Swap! You don’t have to bring something to take something.

Please DO bring:

-Only clean and portable items

-Clothing in all sizes

-Housewares

-Working electronics

-Books for all ages

-Toys

Please do NOT bring:

-Furniture, large items unable to carry

-Food, medicine

-Sharp objects

-Magazines

-Non-working electronics

 

Park Slope Parents Toy & Book Swap:

This event is free and open to the public, bring toys books and toys in great condition to swap, reduce waste, and save money!

Toys and books will only be accepted the day of the event, NOT before.

Please DO bring:

-Books for ages 0-18 including foreign language, dual language, and nonfiction books. (No religious, textbooks, activity books, encyclopedias, broken, or missing pages books)

-Place all parts of a toy in a bag or container so all the parts stay together

-Wipe toys and books down before swapping

-Sort toys according to age group when you arrive

Please do NOT bring:

-Stuffed animals / fabric toys/ clothes

-Nothing dirty, damaged, or with missing parts

-No adult books, textbooks, activity books, encyclopedias, books with torn or missing pages

The Toy & Book Swap is a project by Park Slope Parents, Sunrise Kids NYC, 350 Brooklyn, Brooklyn Book Bodega, & Second Chance Toys.