RWA Collaborates For Cleaner Shores
This summer students from Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and artists from Rockaway Beach Surf Club collaborated on a project called “Washed Ashore” to cast a light on the issue of trash on the shores of the Rockaways. Since both groups regularly host clean ups they decided work together to create large scale murals of the debris collected during the summer. Beth Perkins, President of Rockaway Beach Surf Club coordinated efforts to gather the artists to work on the project with the RWA students each week. “The final pieces are spectacular. Each of the large scale murals have a colorful, nautical theme sketched out by the kids and are made entirely of manmade trash. The collaboration between the students and the RBSC artists was really great. Hopefully this project will help raise public awareness that everything people throw in the streets will eventually end up on our beaches,” said Perkins.
“We spent a lot of time this summer collecting trash off Jamaica Bay and Rockaway beaches but working with the artists on making the murals was really fun. Until now, I never really thought about recycling trash for something like this. But it also made me realize that each of us play a role in keeping our shores clean and that begins with not littering,” said Joshua Ogogo, RWA summer student.
The “Washed Ashore” murals are being exhibited this Saturday, August 18, 4- 10p.m. at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club Gallery located at 302 Beach 87 Street. Reel Work Teen films also participated in the project by shooting the entire project this summer. The final documentary film on the work that went on behind the scenes will be shown at the exhibition.