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New York Restoration Project Partners with Local Arts Organizations to Bring Free Programming…

New York Restoration Project Partners with Local Arts Organizations to Bring Free Programming to NYC Green Spaces

Partnership commits to activating NYRP green spaces with wide-ranging free, high-quality programming

New York, NY, June 2016 – In its 20th Anniversary Year, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is kicking off another season of free programming to 27 green spaces across the five boroughs. For the third year, NYRP is continuing to partner with Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, to present a season of free arts programming in six NYRP community gardens including the Bed-Stuy, Gowanus, Williamsburg, Longwood, and Highbridge neighborhoods. We are pleased to announce a new partnership this season with Morris-Jumel Mansion to curate exciting cultural and volunteer event opportunities for our friends in Manhattan.

With the goal of getting community members outside and involved, further activating NYRP’s wider network of public green spaces, this season’s programming will bring communities together to enjoy performing arts, physical activity, and volunteer opportunities in a natural, outdoor setting. This season, NYRP is expanding its programming to include free events at Sherman Creek Park in Northern Manhattan, where visitors can take in amazing views and access along the Harlem River. From June through September, New Yorkers can attend over 120 events that will feature a diverse line-up of family-friendly events, including a movie night series; dance and music performances; environmental workshops; a month-long art installation; and more.

"At NYRP we believe that building community starts outdoors and we're thrilled to partner with BAM, The Bronx Museum, and Morris-Jumel Mansion to offer high-quality, community-based programming that activates these spaces and engages local residents," says Jordan Dyniewski, NYRP's Director of Public Programs and Special Events. “Green space is a wonderful community asset, especially in New York City. Transforming these spaces into event venues provides unique opportunities for communities to get to know one another and form lasting connections, which contribute to stronger, healthier neighborhoods.”

“Making the arts accessible is integral to BAM’s mission,” says BAM President Katy Clark. “Our partnership with NYRP, featuring free programs in Brooklyn’s public gardens, provides a wonderful way for us to meet and connect with our neighbors in new locations.”

“Our partnership with NYRP has given the Bronx Museum the opportunity to expand its reach beyond the museum’s walls and engage directly with the community in some of the most beautifully kept gardens in the Bronx,” says Sergio Bessa, Bronx Museum’s Director of Curatorial and Education Programs.

“First and foremost, we view Morris-Jumel Mansion and Roger Morris Park as a museum and park for the Upper Manhattan and larger New York city communities,” says Carol Ward, Morris-Jumel Mansion’s Executive Director. “We know that our new, very exciting programming partnership with NYRP will help reach new, diverse audiences while bolstering our ability to provide quality programs and dynamic events such as outdoor sculpture exhibitions, movie nights, and immersive theatrical productions.”

The collaboration between NYRP, BAM, The Bronx Museum, and Morris-Jumel Mansion demonstrates a sustainable partnership model that presents local communities with opportunities to enjoy free, dynamic programming on their block or in their neighborhoods. The robust program also encourages people to engage more actively with their local environment. NYRP’s network of 52 community gardens and two Northern Manhattan parks are places where individuals can interact with nature and build community within a socio-economically diverse environment. By turning these outdoor public spaces into interactive event venues, the program will increase awareness of green spaces as resources for local communities as well as the wider NYC audience.

Event dates and locations are subject to change. Participants should visit www.nyrp.org/calendar for most up-to-date information.

ABOUT NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyrp.org.

ABOUT BAM
BAM’s mission is to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. America’s oldest performing arts institution, it is recognized internationally for innovative dance, music, and theater programming—including its renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational programs. The institution is led by President Katy Clark and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo. http://www.BAM.org

ABOUT THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implemented a universal free admission policy, supporting its mission to make arts experiences available to all audiences. To learn more about the museum, please visit http://www.bronxmuseum.org.

ABOUT MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION
Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in 1765 and the city’s oldest residence, is rich in history and bountiful in lush gardens. Once a Revolutionary War headquarters for George Washington, home to Eliza Bowen Jumel, the richest woman in America at the time, and later to former Vice President Aaron Burr, the mansion’s luxurious Georgian rooms more recently hosted Lin-Manuel Miranda, who composed parts of the musical Hamilton there. Today, the Mansion serves over 22,000 visitors each year with a special focus on students and hands-on, historical field trips. http://www.morrisjumel.org

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Leah Silver | Marketing & Communications Associate, NYRP
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Christina Norris | Publicist, BAM
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Lauren Click | Director of Community and Public Programs
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Carol Ward | Executive Director, Morris-Jumel Mansion
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