National Grid Earth Day At Weeksville Heritage Center


Michelle Tabnick, Publicist
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Stephanye Watts, Community Engagement Manager
Weeksville Heritage Center

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) to co-present their annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This interactive family event will take place on the beautiful 1.5-acre interpretive landscape of the nationally landmarked, environmentally “green” Weeksville Heritage Center campus in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The National Grid Earth Day Celebration is free and open to the public, with no tickets or reservations required.

Now in its eleventh year, National Grid Earth Day Celebration is designed to educate families on how they can play a role in caring for the Earth and creating a more sustainable future. Interactive family activities and experiential learning games, educational materials, and give-away items will highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling in the home, and having a heightened awareness of the environmental and global issues that we face today. Highlights of the day will include free tours of the historic Hunterfly Road Houses, an ecology workshop in Weeksville’s garden, and healthy eating and lifestyle cooking demonstrations.

The Celebration will also include fire prevention demonstrations by the New York City Fire Department, puppeteer Ronny Wasserstrom’s Playdate Puppets, martial arts demonstration by TMC Martial Arts, a mobile library unit from the Brooklyn Public Library, an instrument building workshop using recycled and reused materials by educational performance group Bash the Trash, face painting, interactive storytellers, and more.

Two years ago National Grid was one of the honorees and part of the Weeksville Heritage Center celebration and advance viewing of the organization’s new Certified LEED Gold Sustainable Education and Cultural Arts Building.The new building gives visitors and the surrounding community opportunities for expanded research, education and programming.

“National Grid and our Power to Serve employee volunteers encourage the local community to join us on Earth Day in taking action to help make our communities greener and cleaner,” said Ken Daly, President, National Grid – New York. “National Grid has a strong history of employee volunteerism and community service in Brooklyn. Through our long-standing partnerships with the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts and Weeksville Heritage Center, we are making lasting contributions for a sustainable local community.”

Eleventh Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
Co-presented by Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts and Weeksville Heritage Center
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2pm-5pm
Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
A/C train to Ralph Avenue or 3/4 train to Utica Avenue
FREE and open to the public

About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company that supplies the energy for more than 20 million people through its networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Read more about the innovative projects happening across their footprint inThe Democratization of Energy, an eBook written by National Grid’s US president, Dean Seavers.

About Weeksville Heritage Center
Weeksville Heritage Center is a one-of-a-kind 21st-century cultural institution with a 180-year history. The organization’s mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn—one of America’s many free black communities—and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement. Using a contemporary lens, Weeksville activates this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs.

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 2017-18 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Major support for Brooklyn Center’s 2017-18 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Media Group, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2017-18 season.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Annette Robinson and Helene Weinstein; New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer; New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.

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