Gracie Mansion hosts the Divine Miss M

Mayor Bloomberg presents the 2012 Doris C. Freedman Award to Bette Midler.

In New York City, there are celebrities and then there are stars. Last week Executive Director Harriet Taub had the pleasure of being in the audience when Mayor Michael Bloomberg awarded the Doris C. Freedman Award to Bette Midler for her outstanding work in repairing, renewing and nurturing the parks, roadways and public spaces in New York City. No one can deny that Ms. Midler is a star. The New York Restoration Project was founded by Bette in 1995 and is dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.

An example MFTA weaving.

Our relationship with NYRP goes back to 1996 and over the years we have helped them furnish their offices as well as provide them with supplies for arts programs in the parks. We are very excited to be working with them on a project this May and June that will bring MFTA teaching artists to five community gardens throughout NYC to set up and operate drop-in art-making projects.

Participants of all ages will be encouraged to interact with one another and see the parks as meaningful gathering places. By using materials that are readily available to everyone, such as plastic bottles, telephone wire, ribbon scraps, and plastic bags, participants learn that there are always art supplies available to them. The art pieces themselves will remain on display in the gardens for the next few months. Come join us:

5/24– Bathgate, Bronx 2pm-5pm
6/2 – 103rd Street Garden, Harlem 12pm-3pm
6/9 – Sherman Creek, Washington Heights  12pm-3pm
6/16 – Hull Playground, Brooklyn 12pm-3pm
6/19- Creston Playground, Bronx 2pm-5pm

[Top photo credit to Kristen Artz and the NYC Mayor’s Office Flickr]

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