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SHORE in Lenapehoking (NYC)

SHORE is the third in a trilogy of works that began with the New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" award-winning The Thank-you Bar and continued with the ten-city tour of Niicugni

SHORE expands beyond the theater into the world. Over the course of a week, SHORE includes four equal parts: COMMUNITY ACTION (volunteerism) in partnership with community organizations; STORY (a curated reading); PERFORMANCE that begins outdoors and moves into a theater; and a festive, culminating potluck FEAST to which participants bring the stories and recipes of the dishes they bring to share.

"I embrace SHORE’s humble directives—take action; listen to one another’s stories; open your heart to dreams, dance, and song; feed one another; come together and celebrate—practice being in community." - Eleanor Savage, SHORE Essay


SHORE: COMMUNITY ACTION (volunteerism) in the Rockaways

April 19th 11am-3pm
Meet at Firehouse 59 located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692
Free, registration requested. 
To pre-register (FREE) sign up HERE 

A fantastic dune restoration planting project and story walk in the Rockaways. Designed with youth leaders from the Rockaways who care deeply about the land they live on. Come to the shore, get your hands in the sand! 

In partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Gibney Dance, The Lenape Center, and The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

“And like the title of Emily’s piece, home is not static.  It ebbs and flows.  Advances and recedes.  That’s the beauty of it.  It’s not about a house or a static idea.  Home is a movement."- Bao Phi,  Program Director, Loft Literary Center


SHORE: COMMUNITY ACTION (volunteerism) on Governors Island 

Friday April 24th 11am-4:30pm
Governor's Island,  meet at 10:45 at 10 South St/Battery Meritime Building
Free, registration requested **(limited to 30 participants)**
To pre-register (FREE) sign up HERE 

Help restore the estuary that is New York Harbour by joining the effort to reintroduce oysters, an indigenous species of Lenapehoking. We'll clean oyster shells, work on boats, learn something about oyster sex,  get an introduction to New York Harbor School's Billion Oyster Project (whose goal is to reintroduce 1 billion oysters into the bay by 2030), and yes!, we'll bring in some oysters for us to EAT, too.

In partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Gibney Dance, The Lenape Center, and The Billion Oyster Project


SHORE: STORY (curated reading)

Sunday April 19th 6pm
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
*in the  Goldie Chu Community Room
82 Rutgers Slip
New York, NY 10002
To pre-register (FREE) sign up HERE

Local authors and their Stories. Stories. Stories. Let's listen. Curated by Emily Johnson, featuring Ben Weaver, Sahar Muradi, Chris Moore, Emmanuel Iduma, Tim Carrier and Live Lines, a youth poetry group from Two Bridges. And SNACKS! (cuz stories are always better with snacks) prepared by Two Bridges' Healthy Cooking Class.

In partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, The Lenape Center and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

“Stories take shape from breath, roll in, wear down, roll back.  I wonder if the poets are the shore or the tide.  Or both at once.  All I know is that none of us are neutral, none of us are still.” - Bao Phi, SHORE Essay



April 23-25, 7:30pm                                                                                                          
New York Live Arts 
**Performance begins outside on the BASKETBALL COURT at PS11, 320 W. 21st. St., NY 10011**
Purchase tickets here 

We'll begin on the court at PS11 then walk together to the theater at New York Live Arts. SHORE: PERFORMANCE features Aretha Aoki, Emily Johnson, Krista Langberg, Christina Courtin, Julia Bither, The SHORE Choir, and a large local cast of dancers. Directed by Ain Gordon. Music is composed by James Everest and Nona Invie with Fletcher Barnhill. 

In partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, New York Live Arts, and The Lenape Center

“Johnson’s works dwell in the liminal space between memoir and dream, intimate and mythical, dance and installation, continually working away at the boundaries between performers and audience.”- Eleanor Savage, SHORE Essay


SHORE: FEAST (potluck celebration)

April 26th 2pm-6pm
North Brooklyn Boat Club
49 Ash Street at McGuinness Blvd, Brooklyn
Under Pulaski Bridge, on Newtown Creek
Outdoor event, please dress for the weather
Free, registration requested.
To pre-register (FREE) sign up HERE 

Gather with us for a celebratory potluck feast! Bring a dish and the recipe to share. Bring your dishes, forks, and spoons! We'll also share WILD AK SALMON from Iliamna Fish Company cooked on a open fire, OYSTERS from Open Oyster shucked by a team, and WINE from Broadbent! Our fantastic host, North Brooklyn Boat Club is offering environmental education programming to explore the unique history and returning ecology of Newtown Creek as well as free guide-led canoe tours of the Creek. And at some point we'll gather near to Ben Weaver and listen to him sing.

In Partnership with Emily Johnson/Catalyst, The Lenape Center, North Brooklyn Boat Club, Iliamna Fish Co., Open Oyster, Broadbent and KelSo Beer.

“Everywhere I turn, there is an invitation to create, to share, and to participate.”                      - Diane Wilson, director of Dream of Wild Health Farm 

SHORE: FEAST Group Bike Ride

Bicycling songwriter, poet, and SHORE cast member Ben Weaver, will lead a group bike ride starting at Red Lantern Bicycles in Brooklyn and ending 6 miles later at the North Brooklyn Boat Club where SHORE: FEAST will take place.  Those who would like to join in on this easy paced ride can meet us at 12:30 PM in front of Red Lantern Bicycles:  345 Myrtle Avenue, between Adelphi and Carlton in Brooklyn.  

Please RSVP HERE so that we know how many riders to expect.  It also important that riders understand they are responsible for getting themselves home from the feast. Thanks and we hope to see you!


The Lenape Center is a non-profit organization based in the ancestral Lenape island of Manhattan whose mission is to promote Lenape language and the creation, development, distribution and exhibition of Lenape arts and culture; thus building a pathway for Indigenous people between inherited cultural traditions and the dynamic innovations of contemporary global society. Lenape, or “The Real People,” are the original peoples of Lenapehoking; today’s New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and part of Connecticut. Lenape Center ltd.  believes that Lenape creativity and wisdom will continue to play a significant part in creating a better world for generations to come.

New York Live Arts  is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. NYLA commissions, produces and presents performances in their home in the heart of Chelsea. They serve as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, provide an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and support the continuing professional development of artists. 

Gibney Dance, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization whose mission is to bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist.

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering approach—inspired by venture-capital principles—helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. 

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding, respect and connection between our communities and the Rockaway waterfront. To ensure the long-term vitality and economic health of the Rockaway waterfront, RWA works to empower residents of the underserved communities of the Rockaway Peninsula to play a role in the determination of their neighborhoods, by providing enriching educational and community programming, that instill both individual and civic respect for nature, and contributes to advancing the physical, economic and social sustainability in the Rockaway Peninsula and Greater New York City. 

The Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is a long-term initiative to restore the ecology of New York Harbor by engaging New York City students in hands-on marine science and stewardship. Founded by the New York Harbor School and NY Harbor Foundation in 2014, the project aims to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next 20 years, and in the process, engage and educate all New Yorkers about the ecology and economy of their local marine environment. 

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council serves the residential, commercial, and cultural life of Manhattan’s Lower East Side through community-based programs and strategic partnerships. Our service area includes the economically, culturally, and ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Two Bridges, Chinatown, Little Italy, the East Village, and the Bowery Corridor

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is an alliance of over 800 organizations with ties to our regional waterways. Together we are working to transform the waters of New York and New Jersey Harbor into clean and accessible places to learn, work and play, with inviting parks, dependable jobs and reliable, eco-friendly transportation for all.

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to safe recreational boating within New York City’s waterways. The North Brooklyn Boat Club consists of local kayakers, canoers, sailors, environmentalists, boatbuilders, community leaders and activists. NBBC is proud to offer multiple opportunities in delivering environmental education to local organizations, educational institutions and school groups as well as community members with two main programs, an on-land component and on water version to better involve citizens with a number of ecological issues facing our beloved waterways. The North Brooklyn Boat Yard is located on Newtown Creek in Greenpoint.

Iliamna Fish Company is simply, almost quaintly, dedicated to providing the world's best wild salmon. In a domestic market starved for premium wild sockeye salmon, we offer the finest available. Lake Iliamna, the terminal spawning grounds of the salmon, is the largest freshwater lake in Alaska. The Red Salmon are harvested out of Bristol Bay near the mouth of the Kvichak River which is the only outlet leading from Lake Iliamna. The Vantrease family homestead is located at the north eastern most tip of the lake near the Iliamna River. We fish completely by-hand, using small, 50 fathom nets. We fish out of 20 foot-long skiffs, small craft that preserve the quality of our fish, because our fish are not crushed under hundreds of tons of other fish, or roughly-harvested with industrial machinery. We carefully oversee the filleting and preparing of our fish for your table-we consider every fish a possible feast.

Jack Tchen and the A/P/A Institute The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University recognizes that as the world becomes connected at higher speeds, international cultural connection, translation and a shared re-imagined space come increasingly into play. A/P/A Institute aims to promote discourse on Asian/Pacific America defying traditional boundaries, spanning Asia, to the Americas, through the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds. A/P/A Institute works to dispel socio-cultural and political misconceptions, provide cultural and scholarly connections, lead collections building, and encourage innovative research and interdisciplinary exploration. A/P/A Institute’s goal is to serve as an international nexus of interactive exchange and access for scholars, cultural producers, and communities from New York to beyond.

Open Oyster is NYC's premier raw bar catering service, predominately serving customers in NYC but also venturing out to the Hamptons, Hudson Valley and CT for larger events. Open Oyster hopes to make the oyster even more accessible by bringing it directly to events.  Along the way they aim to spread awareness of New York Harbor conservation efforts and the role the oyster can play.

Broadbent Selections Inc., focuses on representing wine. Broadbent also represents the people and passion behind those wines, which is why, since being founded in 1996, their focus has always been on family-owned wineries-on places with personality and stories, and on wines that come from the heart. Quality and character: those are absolutes. Broadbent is extremely proud of both the wines they represent and the great people behind them.

Belladonna The Belladonna* mission is to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language. Belladonna* has featured over 225 writers of wildly diverse age and origin, writers who work in conversation and collaboration, in and between multiple forms, languages, and critical fields. As performance and as printed text, the work collects, gathers over time and space, forming a conversation about the feminist avant-garde, what it is and how it comes to be.

Arts By The People  is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2009. Our mission is to establish, operate, promote and conduct educational programs, opportunities, classes and sessions in the creative arts for the public, especially seniors and youth. Our goal is to empower individuals through collaborative acts of self-expression. We believe that self-awareness and communication come forth in shared creative acts and that the arts offer universal benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. Exposure through a diverse range of creative mediums can reach individuals and build communities of small interest groups or generate inter-generational connections.It is our belief that the arts can also bridge social divisions and strengthen understanding, collaboration and acceptance in communities of diversity and need. Our programs are run by talented teaching artists who are experts in the fields of visual arts, creative writing, and performance arts. All of our programs are free for our participants and open to the public. We believe that the arts should be available and accessible to all.

Red Lantern Bicycles believes that bicycles are one of humankind’s greatest inventions.  They specialize in useful and functional bicycles that help the commuter.  The staff has over 30 years of combined experience.   In addition to a passion for bicycles they roast and brew their own coffee as well as make our own alternative nut milks.  At Red Lantern, they are all about the bike love.

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation 
 is a Native-led, 501 (c) 3 philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures nationwide. We believe Native arts and cultures: Bring a valuable perspective to contemporary life, Inspire healing within indigenous communities and among Native peoples and the general population, Provoke thought, spark discussion, explore solutions and add a vital contribution to our communities and world. The Community Inspiration Program projects supported by Native Arts and Cultures Foundation are artist-driven and designed to connect Native and non-Native people in community conversations that address pressing social, cultural, and environmental concerns to create positive change.

MANCC is the only national center for choreography in the world located in a major research institution, and operates from one of the premiere dance facilities in the United States. The Center is embedded within The Florida State University School of Dance, and offers unparalleled opportunities for contemporary choreographers to hone their artistic practice and develop new work inside a creative community. MANCC provides development residencies for choreographers and their collaborators to develop new work. We encourage artists to bring with them dancers, designers, dramaturges, composers, and other appropriate collaborators that would enhance their creative inquiry through physical, conceptual, experiential or scientific means.

MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.


Earlier Event: February 27
Fish Skin Sewing Workshops in Grand Marias
Later Event: June 9
SHORE: Homer at Tuggeght