National Grid Earth Day Celebration a huge success!
Michelle Tabnick, Publicist
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Stephanye Watts, Community Engagement Manager
Weeksville Heritage Center
Brooklyn, NY: On Saturday, April 21st, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (BCBC) and Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) partnered to commemorate Earth Day with the 11th annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration. This free community event was held on WHC’s beautiful 1.5-acre, nationally landmarked, environmentally “green” campus in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The event featured interactive family activities and experiential learning workshops, historic house tours, live music, and sustainable arts and crafts - all highlighting the need for conserving energy, recycling in the home, and having a heightened awareness of the environmental and global issues that we face today.
Recognized internationally as a hallmark in sustainable architecture, Weeksville’s Educational and Cultural Arts Building and the surrounding campus provided the perfect location for Brooklyn Center’s annual event. Sustainable design and construction elements, from its seven drywells for on-site storm water filtration to its 48 geothermal wells for heating and cooling, as well as structural elements incorporating recycled content, earned the building LEED Gold-certified status, making it the only LEED-certified building in Central Brooklyn. Both indoor and outdoor spaces were used for workshops and activities that attracted over 400 families from across the borough.
“Partnering with Rob Fields and his team at Weeksville Heritage Center took Brooklyn Center’s annual Earth Day Celebration to a whole new level,” said Jon Yanofsky, Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. “The beautiful grounds, internationally-recognized “green” facilities, deep community connections, and dedicated staff made Weeksville the ideal location, and I couldn’t be happier with the warm welcome that we received from the Crown Heights community. I am also grateful to Brooklyn Center Board Secretary and National Grid Manager of Community and Customer Management, Renee McClure, and National Grid’s Power to Serve employee volunteers for being such a valuable partner in this annual event.”
Participants in this year’s event included:
- Event sponsor National Grid, providing information about conservation and green energy sources,
- Event host Weeksville Heritage Center (weeksvillesociety.org), who conducted historic tours of the Hunterfly Road Houses along with arts and crafts sessions and an ecology workshop,
- Educational performance group Bash the Trash (BashtheTrash.com), who held a workshop on making musical instruments out of recycled materials followed by an interactive concert,
- GrowNYC (GrowNYC.org) and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG.org), who conducted urban gardening and sustainable seeding activities,
- Students from Ms. Warner’s art class at Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School, who created an Earth Day-themed visual arts project that was displayed in WHC’s gallery space,
- Puppeteer Ronny Wasserstrom and his Playdate Puppets, entertaining children with interactive storytelling from characters made from recycled materials,
- TMC Martial Arts (tmcmartialarts.com), who provided martial arts demonstrations and instruction on healthy life choices,
- Urban Farm Project at Tehuti Ma’at Garden (hightopsandheels.com/tehuti-maat), conducting interactive “Transition your Kitchen” cooking demonstrations to promote holistic health, nutrition, and food,
- The New York City Fire Department, demonstrating fire safety and prevention strategies,
- The Brooklyn Public Library, on site with a mobile library unit,
- Earth Day-themed face painting by Wyatt Moniz.
The 11th Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration was sponsored by National Grid and supported by National Grid’s Power to Serve employee volunteers.
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 our footprint in The 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. www.weeksvillesociety.org
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. www.brooklyncenter.org
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.