Published on September 23, 2021 | NY Metro Parents | Written by Sundog Theatre
- Sep. 25, 2021, 10am
- Skyline Playground
- 171 Harvard Avenue, Staten Island
- All Ages
- Visit Website
Association for a Better New York (ABNY) has asked Sundog Theatre to collaborate on its “Together We Are New York” campaign that celebrates the diversity of being a New Yorker. ABNY chose one organization in all five NYC boroughs, tasking each to put together a campaign conceived by community leaders and local artists. The project’s principal sponsors are Amazon, Resorts World New York City and RUBENSTEIN, Community conversations in each borough came up with ideas on how best to celebrate what it is to be a New Yorker, expressing them through community engagement and public art installations or showcases.
Chosen by Sundog, Staten Island’s community conversations consists of the following leaders:
Victoria Colella, Arts Education Manager at Sundog Theatre
Kristine Garlisi, Chief of Staff, The Nicotra Group and Executive Director of The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation
Beth Gorrie, Director of Staten Island OutLOUD
Dennis McKeon, Executive Director of Where to Turn
David Nudelman, Creative Director of StereoType Co.
Jeannine Otis, performer, teaching artist, and Sundog board member
Colleen Siudzak, Manager, Visit Staten Island at Office of the Staten Island Borough President
Together, they came up with concepts that outlined a variety of ideas on what it is to be both a New Yorker and a Staten Islander. Adaptability, resiliency, and tenacity rang true with everyone. Equally as important were community, family, and vibrancy of the City through arts and commerce, as well as diversity, hope, and dreams. A focal point will be daffodils that serve as a memorial to those lost on 9/11.
Staten Island artists Lina Montoya and Jodi Dareal then designed a visual interpretation that will manifest the group’s concepts as a 100-foot wall mural at Skyline Park in Staten Island. Refreshments will be served and community members – adults and children – are invited and welcomed to participate in the painting. The finalized mural is scheduled to be celebrated Saturday, October 9, at 1:00pm when the Staten Island community is again invited to join.