Landfill for New York: Art and Resiliency Workshop


Red Hook, Brooklyn, similar to the Rockaways, Queens faces the challenge of reimagining its future through innovative resiliency tools and strategies often originated within the community. On June 17, 2017 Landfill project took part in Building Resiliency 2017: A Day Of Action organized by The Resilience, Education, Training and Innovation Center (RETI Center) to explore how Red Hook can become more resilient through local actions. Art and Resilience works—Äop participants discussed the reasons why and the ways artists can play a role in resiliency efforts and community-based planning, as well as how to test and implement these roles in the Landfill Project.


The workshop participants brought up a variety of reasons why collaboration between artists and planners within a community-based planning process could be beneficial.



These are some of the things that art can do for community-based planning:


Capture the momentum


Communicate the process through a different language and visualize goals


Make the conversation less formal and less scary


Emphasise the personal rather than the institutional


Build trust between communities and institutions


Organize


Increase participation by adding art shows and talks to community meetings


Nourish the research process


Provide different ways of thinking and take the process out of common set of rules



These are the things that art planning can do for artists:


Bring input from the real world and inform work with new themes


Become an art process in itself


Help create change


Connect to other ways of thinking


Provide direct exposure to human experience


Expand the audience to reach people from outside the art world


Unlock new non-art-specific funding



The RETI Center (The Resilience, Education, Training and Innovation Center) is a non-profit organization acting as a local hub dedicated to partnering with organizations in the education, business, and workforce development sectors to enhance and deepen their engagement in resilience. RETI Center provides services to support and transform existing efforts and creates new programming to help grow and sustain an economic future for New York City and open pathways for youth and underserved communities.