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Committed to the Dream: Jenri Gonzalez Solo Painting Show at S1 Workforce Training Lab

jenrigonazalexFor the first time ever, Solar One is pleased to invite the public to our workforce training lab in Long Island City on Saturday July 25 at 1pm for a very special art exhibition.

Fresh off the heels of his latest solo show, New York artist Jenri Gonzalez breaks into once again brightens the Long Island City art scene with 40 of his latest paintings in a spirited show called “Committed to the dream….” Continuing with the themes of astral projection, flight, love, acceptance, dreams, disappointments, pain and change , Jenri shows us his soul effortlessly with each canvas in the show.

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Rewilding Stuyvesant Cove Park on Saturday June 6 at 5pm

rewilding_blogRachel Frank will be presenting a performance based on rewilding, an environmental practice that seeks to reestablish the landscape’s former ecosystems and increase sustainability by reintroducing species to areas in which they had formerly thrived but have since gone extinct. In Frank’s performance, actors wearing American bison head masks will symbolically rewild Stuyvesant Cove against the backdrop of the East River and views of Brooklyn and Queens. Performing in Stuyvesant Cove, a park established on land that was once an abandoned industrial site, this performance is part of a larger project, which uses the concept of rewilding to explore how we think about the landscape around us—its past, present and sustainability into the future.

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Elaine Summers, Legendary NYC Choreographer Who Loved Solar One, Passes Away at 89

elainesummersThe word “legendary” gets tossed around an awful lot these days, but it truly fits the life and work of choreographer Elaine Summers, who passed away at Bellevue hospital on December 27 after a fall at her home. She was 89.

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How Diverse Are NYC Cultural Institutions?

1900meltingpotNew York City has been reknowned as America’s melting pot long before it became the Big Apple. Today the city’s populatioin is so diverse that no one group dominates. But is leadership at the city’s cultural institutions keeping pace with these demographics?

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Solar One Family Day: NYC Wildflower Week Interactive Plant Fair on May 17

NYCWW_2014Families and kids of all ages are invited to Solar One to celebrate NYC Wildflower Week, an extravaganza of native plant events around the city. For our 2014 Interactive Plant Fair, we’ll be potting native wildflower plants for you to take home, making seed bombs, creating flower costumes and masks and coloring wildflower pictures.

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Creatures and Kids, Together Again at Solar One Family Day

creatures1This past Saturday, Solar 1 played host to a variety of slimy, scaly, and even segmented animal guests for Creatures Family Day. Our friend Gabby from The Art Farm in the City brought over a dozen reptiles, amphibians, and insects for some up-close critter introductions and hands-on learning. We enjoyed the company of turtles, tortoises, bullfrogs, salamanders, and geckos over the course of the afternoon – even a Madagascar hissing cockroach made an appearance! Where many grown-ups hesitated, our youngest visitors were some of the most adventurous in greeting the exciting array of animals.

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