Bird and Nature Walk: South Beach/Fort Wadsworth

2018-02-21_11-22-41Wednesday, February 28, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: South Beach, Father Capodanno Boulevard
Free/Donations Welcome

Meet in the parking lot with the dolphin fountain off Father Capodanno Boulevard.

Search for wintering harbor seals off South Beach and Fort Wadsworth, where they have been seen in increasing numbers in recent years. Birds will also be noted in order.

Apres Avant Garde Festival – Open Call

scaled_256Day de Dada, the Staten Island Performance Art Collective has announced an open call for their Apres Avant Garde Festival on the Staten Island Ferry, occurring October 1, 2017.

The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 5th annual Avant Garde Festival that happened for 24 hours on the September 30, 1967 Staten Island Ferry.

The Apres Avant Garde Festival will have elements of the original festival- dance, music, video and interactive performance.

Have a strange costume idea, short dance, music or word piece? Join our event! Artists and performers are encouraged to submit performance concepts for inclusion in the event. Work that is non-obtrusive, interactive, accessible, inclusive and participatory is encouraged. Your audience will be people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Day de Dada SI ferry performance round trip event will begin at 1pm in the courtyard of the Staten Island Museum (75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301)

Interested participants should contact before August 1, 2017. We will follow up with more information closer to the Apres Avant Garde Event.

Threading My Prayer Rug- A Book Signing with Author Sabeeha Rehman

2016-08-11_11-29-35FREE with Museum admission A richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years.

2:00 PM on Sunday, August 14th at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Building A

This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on being Muslim in America today.

Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from master’s candidate to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding.

Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant’s daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims—while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center near Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society.

Staten Island Museum is finishing a house fit for treasures at Snug Harbor   via Michael Fressola/

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Staten Island Museum’s future new home, in a landmarked 134-year-old Greek Revival building inside the Snug Harbor complex, now has 21st-century concrete-and-aluminum “decks” or floors.

The old wooden floors and nearly all of the original interior were demolished and hauled away months ago. Some of the wood will be re-milled and retrofitted for use in the new interior, which is taking shape inside an aluminum skeleton, “a new building within the building,” according to Elizabeth Egbert, the museum’s executive director.Image

The $26 million adaptive-reuse construction project entered its final six-month phase last week. Staffers say they expect to receive keys to the new address (1000 Richmond Terr.) in January, with the official opening the following fall.

“Once we’re in,” Ms. Egbert said, “the curators will take over and put up the new exhibits.”

It won’t be obvious to visitors, but the museum will be green, heated and cooled by a geothermal system of 32 loops extending 500 feet into the earth, where the temperature is constant. The loop field is now invisible, blanketed with new grass.