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City Grants $20K For Climate Change-Themed Artwork in Red Hook

By Nikhita Venugopal | November 1, 2016 3:06pm
 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook flooded as Hurricane Sandy struck Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
Van Brunt Street in Red Hook flooded as Hurricane Sandy struck Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
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RED HOOK — A city-funded $20,000 public art project that will draw attention to climate change and rising sea levels is slated for Red Hook.

The project was announced to commemorate the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which caused record flooding and devastated homes and businesses in Red Hook, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Councilman Carlos Menchaca said Saturday.

"The artwork will educate and inspire residents about the challenges and opportunities for the neighborhood and the city as a result of climate change and rising sea levels," according to the announcement

The project, which will receive a $20,000 grant from NYC Emergency Management, will closely involve Red Hook youth in its planning and development, officials said.

The Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency will work with the community beginning early next year to find an artist and location for the planned artwork. The project will be facilitated by the Department of Cultural Affairs' Percent for Art program, created under a law that requires the funding of public art using 1 percent of the budget for eligible city-funded construction projects.


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