Artist Tattfoo Tan is returning for a second year of programs partyly funded by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation at Freshkills Park. Tan’s New Earth Resiliency Training Module (NERTM) is a series of tours, workshops and sessions that highlight climate change, preparedness and resiliency, through training the public in self-reliance and the ethos of living closer to the earth within an urban environment. The project explores these and related topics in the context of Freshkills Park and Staten Island communities.
On September 18, Tattfoo will lead a shelter building and wilderness survival workshop in collaboration with NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers. Participants will learn how to use simple items in the woods to construct a life-saving durable shelter. This program will take place during Discovery Day, a free opportunity for the public to explore 700 normally closed acres of the landfill-to-park project.
On October 22, Tattfoo Tan and Venerable Thupten Phuntsok will lead a meditative nature walk through Freshkills Park. Meditation is the practice of calming one’s mind and focusing on one point, and in a walking meditation, the walk is the focus. This walk suggests closer connections with our land within a greater urban environment.
These programs are supported by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation Art and Social Justice Grant Program and a DCA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
For more information: http://freshkillspark.org/