Sunday, March 25, 2012

Interdisciplinary Artist, Triada Samaras, with CORD to present and artist/activist workshop inspired by Public Place with Brooklyn Utopias Exhibition


Democracy Wall, 2001

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

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Triada Samaras and CORD/Coalition for respectful Development

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For Immediate Release 3/25/2012

Interdisciplinary Artist, Triada Samaras, with Carroll Gardens CORD/Coalition for Respectful Development, will present a mural making/ artist activist workshop inspired by Public Place, Brooklyn in conjunction with the Brooklyn Utopias Park Space, Play Space Exhibition to be held at the Old Stone House, Brooklyn.

What: Public Voice. Public dream. Public Place: A Collaborative Mural Making Workshop to brainstorm creative solutions for Public Place

With: The Brooklyn Utopias Exhibition: Park Space, Play Space Exhibition

Where: Old Stone House: 336 Third Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Workshop Date: April 28, 2012

Workshop Time: 5 –7 PM

Who: Adults and/or Families with children 6+ years are welcome to participate.

Free and open to the public!

What is Your vision for Public Place? In this creative artist/activist workshop, with interdisciplinary artist/activist, Triada Samaras, and CORD, we will brainstorm this question and the possible future uses of “Public Place” for our community. The area once known as Citizens Gas Works, a manufactured gas site, and now commonly called, Public Place, is a highly contaminated plot of land along the equally contaminated Gowanus Canal, bordered by Smith, 5th, and 9th Streets in Carroll Gardens. Designated as a “public recreation space” in 1975, Public Place can still inspire us to dream and to create a better future for our local neighborhoods, including our very own public park and recreational areas for our use and enjoyment in the Carroll Gardens/Gowanus area. We will depict our collective dreams using collaborative mural making. Finished artworks will be displayed on the CORD blog, where Samaras is a co-Founder.

This event is free to the general public, but may fill up fast. Please email Triada Samaras at to pre-register for the event, or to submit ideas for Public Place in advance!

Brooklyn Utopias Park Space, Play Space Exhibition 2012

Exhibition Dates: April 5-June 24, 2012

Patrons Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6:30-7:30 PM with pledges of $10 and up to our kickstarter campaign (See above link).

Opening Reception Opening: Thursday, April 5, 7:30-9:30 PM

Location: Old Stone House and Washington Park, 336 3rd St (between 4th and 5th Aves), Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY. Tel. 718-768-3195.

Project Director and Curator: Katherine Gressel

Artist Selection Committee: Kim Maier, Executive Director, Old Stone House; Jonathon Kuhn, Director of Art and Antiquities; NYC Parks department; Katherine Gressel, Curator. Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space/Play Space is funded in part by the Greater NY Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by BACA/Brooklyn Arts Council.

People who donate $15 and up to our Kickstarter campaign are guaranteed VIP access to upcoming Brooklyn Utopias events. Visit

For more information about the exhibit, visit:

For a complete list of Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space events, visit:



With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........