2014-06-27 / Community


Exhibition Opens This Weekend

Rockaway! the largest arts festival ever to come to the peninsula, is opening this Sunday, June 29.

The far-reaching, multi-artist, multivenue, free exhibition will run from June 29 through to Labor Day, September 1. Spread over several buildings and the historic grounds of Fort Tilden as well as the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, it will feature works by music legend and Rockaway resident Patti Smith, Canadian artist Janet Cardiff, Adrian Vilar Rojas of Argentina and also the Honolulu Biennial.

Several works, from Smith and Rojas, have been uniquely created for Rockaway! Others, like Janet Cardiff’s “Forty Piece Motet” which was last seen at The Cloisters, are on special loan to exhibition host The Rockaway Artists Alliance from the Museum of Modern Art collection.

Several buildings at Fort Tilden, including the Chapel, the T-6 gallery and T-9, a former locomotive repair facility, are opening up to the public, in some cases for the first time, for this exhibition.

The Rockaway! Opening Day event is an opportunity for the National Park Service, Rockaway Artists Alliance, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and MoMA PS1 to join other Fort Tilden partners, festival supporters and Rockaway residents to kick-off the Rockaway! public art festival and celebrate the reopening of historic Fort Tilden. Formerly an active military base, the Fort is now known as Rockaway’s urban park.

The Sunday opening event is family focused, with children’s art activities, baseball clinics, orienteering, historical tours and theater performances.

For the big day, the Rockaway Artists Alliance, the host of the exhibition, will be joined by its neighbors and Fort Tilden partners, the Rockaway Little League and Rockaway Theatre Company. The Rockaway Little League will be fielding pick-up baseball games and their ‘taste of the ball park’ concession will be open. The Rockaway Theatre Company will be presenting scenes from their past, present and future musical productions.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance will host children’s activities in their T-149 kidsmART program building, which will also allow parents to go and view the rest of the exhibitions.

The National Park Service will have camping, kayaking and outdoor activities demonstrations all day long.

Throughout the day, food vendors will be situated throughout Fort Tilden.

The opening day is an opportunity for local residents to be the first to experience this innovative art festival, which runs through Labor Day. The festivities at Fort Tilden close with a poetry reading by Rockaway resident and punk rock legend Patti Smith and a special appearance from actor James Franco, but the party continues after-hours at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

The Rockaway! festival and exhibition is in part a direct outgrowth of an unprecedented partnership forged between the National Park Service and the City of New York to unite and revitalize the parks around Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula. It is also the first large-scale public program hosted by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, a public-private organization created to support the federal local partnership.

ROCKAWAY! Opening Day Schedule

Rockaway! the wide ranging, summer long free public contemporary art festival/exhibition kicks off with a grand opening celebration this Sunday, June 19.

Here below is a schedule of events for the daylong event.

Sunday, June 29, 12 – 8 p.m.
Fort Tilden, Gateway National
Recreation Area

11:45 A.M.:
• Parking shuttle begins operation
from Riis Beach (continuous
loop until 8:15 p.m.)

• Fort Tilden event opens!
• Rockaway Little League concessions
open at RLL clubhouse
• Food trucks begin operation
• Free water, lemonade at Rockaway
Artists Alliance T-7 Gallery

1 P.M.:
• Children’s art activities: Rockaway
Artists Alliance, Building T149
(ongoing until 4 p.m.)
• Baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League,

RLL field (30-40 minutes)
• Theater performances: Rockaway
Theatre Company, RTC Theater
(20-30 minutes)
• Historical tours of Fort Tilden:
NPS Rangers, outdoor stage area
(30 minutes)
• Orienteering course: NYC Urban Park
Rangers, outdoor stage area
(ongoing until 4pm)
• Camping/kayaking demonstrations:
NPS, outdoor stage area
(ongoing until 4pm)

2 P.M.:
• Baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League,
RLL field (30-40 minutes)
• Theater performances: Rockaway
Theater Company, RTC building
(20-30 minutes)
• Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS,
outdoor stage area (30 minutes)

3 P.M.:
• Baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League,
RLL field (30-40 minutes)
• Theater performances: Rockaway
Theater Company, RTC building
(20-30 minutes)
• Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS,
departing from outdoor stage area
(30 minutes)

4 p.m.:
• Children’s activities end

7 p.m.:
• Performance: Patti Smith and James
Franco, spoken word (outdoor stage)

8 p.m.:
• Fort Tilden event closes
• Rockaway Beach Surf Club party

8:15 p.m.:
• Last shuttle departs Fort Tilden
for Riis Beach parking lot

NOTE: Parking at Fort Tilden is limited,
but there is plenty at Riis Beach
\(cost is $10 per vehicle).
There will be shuttle service
from Riis Beach parking lot
to Fort Tilden.

Bike racks will be available at key
locations around Fort Tilden.

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This festival has become such

This festival has become such a gem for Rockaway. What a great opportunity to take in a day of art. Thanks to the organizers for bringing this event to Rockaway. Art inspires hope.

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