In this week's Newsletter: Come kayak at the Cove this summer, see Rewilding Stuyvesant Cove with Rachel Frank this weekend, apply for a Creative Climate Award and much more!
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Walk-Up Community Kayaking Returns to Stuyvesant Cove for Summer 2015


The past few years, we've worked with a variety of kayak groups and other waterfront activists (Long Island City Community Boathouse, NYC Water Trail Association, Urban Swim and Lower East Side Ecology Center, to name a few) to launch a kayak program at Stuyvesant Cove. The program has been such a big success that next year, the city will be installing a special dock to use in an ongoing kayak program.

Want to be part of the fun? You can join the Stuy Cove Kayaking Club and become a volunteer to help run the program. This Saturday, you can join LICCB for a volunteer orientation and training, including paddling from Anable Basin to Hallet's Cove in Long Island City or back, if you wish. Details are available here, and when you sign up, please tell them you're with the Stuy Cove Kayaking Club (you can email stuycovekayaking@gmail.com for more information).

Here's the kayaking schedule for summer 2015 in the Cove. Times are scheduled to coincide with low tide. The last kayaks go out half an hour before the end of the event:

Sunday June 28: 11:30am-2:30pm 
Sunday July 12: 11:30am-2:30pm
Sunday August 16: 3:00-6:00pm
Saturday August 29: 1:30-4:30pm
Saturday September 12: 1-4pm

You can also sign up to help bring the kayaks across the river from Anable Basin and/or back at the end of the day. If you do, we strongly suggest you go to the orientation on Saturday!

Participants need to be able to swim (life vests and equipment will be provided) and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There are a number of liability waivers that need to be signed, so come a little early. Summer is the best time to get out on the river!

Come See Rewilding Stuyvesant Cove Park This Saturday

Most New Yorkers probably don't think of bison as native creatures, but according to artist Rachel Frank, their original range included the Atlantic seaboard from New York to Georgia. 

This Saturday at 5pm, she will bring her Rewilding project to Stuyvesant Cove Park. "Rewilding" is an environmental practice that "seeks to reestablish the landscape's former ecosystems and increase sustainability by reintroducing species to areas in which they had formerly thrived but have since gone extinct." Using intricately crafted bison head masks, performers will "rewild" the Park, creating a surreal atmosphere that combines the pre-industrial past with the hope of a sustainable future.

The performance will begin at the 20th street entrance to the Park, and in the event of rain, postponed until Sunday June 7 at 5pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Apply for the Human Impacts Institute's Creative Climate Award

If you're an artist or arts group interested in using your work to ins[pire and inform audiences about climate change and sustainability, you should definitely apply for the Human Impacts Institute's Creative Climate Awards. This year's challenge is to make climate personal and practical for audiences.

The contest is open to diverse creative media, including: performance art, dance, spoken word, short films (under 15 minutes), 2D works (painting, drawing, collage, prints, etc), sculpture, installation pieces, music, and theater pieces.   All exhibits and/or performances must be free and open-to-the-public.  Artists are responsible for the transportation costs and permitting requirements for their works to and from NYC, as applicable.  Works that do not require permitting or already have necessary permits are given a strong preference. 

The first prize is $2,000 and submissions are due on June 15 to be eligible for this year's prize. Submissions received after June 15 will be considered for the following year. You can learn everything you need to know and apply for the Award here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar 1


6/10
Rooftop Films Summer Series: Desperate Measures: Short, Spellbinding Mysteries
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, doors open at 8pm, $15 online or at the door
Tickets are available from Rooftop Films here. 

6/13
Loving Day Flagship Celebration
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 3-7pm, $10 suggested donation

Other Events


6/5
Facade Performance 101
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609 bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 12:30-2:30pm, $15

6/8
Offshore Wind Open House Series in Brooklyn
Floyd Bennett Field, 50 Aviation Road, Brooklyn, 6-8pm, free

6/9
GreenHomeNYC June Green Careers 2015 Meeting - Sustainable Career Tracks
Facebook NYC, 770 Broadway at East 9th Street, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, free

6/10
White Roof Project Spring Kickoff Party
Revision Lounge and Gallery, 219 Avenue B bet 13th & 14th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-10pm, $10 suggested donation

6/11
NY15 Conference and Expo - Built to Last: Passive House
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street bet 6th & 7th Aves, Manhattan, 8am-6:30pm, $75-$225
 
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