Greenpoint. The Transition 2014 was a series of free cultural and social activities realized in New York, USA by the Culture Shock Foundation from May to December, 2014 consisting of educational workshops, concert series, movie screenings, and local recreational activities, all targeted at Poles, those with Polish roots, and everyone interested in Polish culture and history.
The program engaged animators, artists, and therapists along with experts in literature, cinema, music, and photography. Most of them have known or lived in Greenpoint for years and, witnessing neighborhood’s transition, were aware of its problems but also see its potential.
On the 20th of September on Leonard Street, between Norman Avenue & Meserole Avenue in Greenpoint, between 11 am and 5 pm, a block festival was held as a part of “Greenpoint. The Transition” project. This event was be a great opportunity to celebrate Greenpoint, highlight its Polish identity, integrate old and new inhabitants, and have an unforgettable farewell to summer!
More information about the festival can be found here.
Short movie from the festival on Voices of NY.
In program: concerts & dance performances (by Polish American Folk Dance Company, Opportunity Music Project Orchestra & Faculty, KOBO Music Studio), photographic exhibitions—among which there will be an unique selection of Wojciech Kubik’s archive and yet unpublished pictures of Greenpoint in the 80s, multiple art and educational workshops for kids & adults, board games & urban sports tournaments, book & clothing swaps, photo booth, contests with awards, Polish & local food, arts & crafts, and lots of other attractions!
More information about the project can be found on Facebook.
Movie summarizing project in 2014 (More about summary of the project can be found here):
Project partners: Brooklyn Public Library, Opportunity Music Project, Videology, Focusing Lab, Pangea Network USA.
The project is co-financed from the funds granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the competition for the public task “Cooperation with Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad.”