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Catalyst 2024 Workshops: Artist-Led Sessions

July 19, 2024 | 11:00 am - July 26, 2024 | 5:00 pm

Catalyst 2024 Workshops: Artist-Led Sessions
Friday, July 19, 2024 – Thursday, July 25, 2024
11am – 2pm, 2pm – 5pm (Except for Wednesday, July 24, which will be 2pm – 5pm, 5pm – 8pm)
Optional rehearsal for performance participants on Friday, July 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
FREE (Please note, there is an $8 New York State Parks parking fee) 

 

Register for workshops and the rehearsal 

The workshop techniques will change from day to day as the project takes shape, so feel free to register for multiple times and dates! Registration for each session is limited, but registering for multiple sessions is encouraged.

 

To register to attend the performance only, click here. 

 

Join us for a week of FREE artist-led workshops and a unique opportunity to work with this year’s Catalyst artists to create Follies: A Botanical Backstory, a site-specific performance on the grounds of Planting Fields! For the Catalyst 2024 program, we welcome the artists of Processional Arts to come and lead our community in a week of creation and celebration of what makes Planting Fields unique.

 

Participants of all artistic abilities are invited to register for one or more of these three-hour workshops. During this time, guests will be able to try a variety of artistic methods to create puppets and props that will be used in a culminating performance at Planting Fields on Saturday, July 27. Workshops are geared towards adults and teens, and kids 8 and up working with an adult are welcome. No experience necessary – one will be provided!

 

The workshop techniques will change from day to day as the project takes shape, so feel free to register for multiple times and dates! Workshops run from July 19 – 25 and will take place twice a day. Registration for each session is limited, but registering for multiple sessions is encouraged.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Leger at eleger@plantingfields.org or 516-922-8704.

 

About Follies: A Botanical Backstory:
Drawing connections to material cultures, colonial histories, medicinal wisdom, and scientific discoveries, workshop participants will translate these botanical backstories onto mobile illustrated hothouses and translucent puppets that mysteriously assemble, then drift apart as they move through the gardens in performance. Follies invites community makers and audiences alike to dig deeper into the historic and horticultural collections’ buried tales and see Planting Fields through a newly colored glass. Click here for more information on Catalyst 2024 Follies: A Botanical Backstory.

 

About Catalyst:
Each year since 2020, Planting Fields Foundation has commissioned artists to create site-specific art within our 409-acres. We launched Catalyst to continue the legacy of artistic patronage the Coe family brought to Planting Fields over a century ago by inviting leading artists of their time to create work for the site. Through Catalyst, we challenge and expand our relationships with history as we explore this site from different points of view.

 

About Processional Arts:
Processional Arts, led by Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, works with communities to create site-specific, human-powered, art parades, and Carnivalesque happenings. Engaging volunteers at every stage of production, these collaborative works evoke unique local narratives and visual cultures through pageant puppetry, illuminations, ceremonial architecture, and masking/costuming. Since 1998, performances by Processional Arts have led NY’s Village Halloween Parade and appeared at the High Line, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Miami’s Vizcaya Museum, and the Obama White House. Outside of traditional venues, they have engaged communities ranging from the streets of Kyiv to the South Bronx, from the Italian Alps to the Texas bayous.