Shadowing Our Waterways
(Workshop I: Greenpoint/Newtown Creek)
Collaborative art opportunity for artists and community members living, working, and/or based in Greenpoint. Application and workshop participation are free. Applicants with strong connections to the Greenpoint community who can attend all five workshop dates will be given top priority, on a first come first serve basis.

Shadowing Our Waterways is an intercultural project facilitated by But a Shadow of Myself. Community members will read about the Newtown Creek and take a walking tour led by Mitch Waxman, resident historian of the Newtown Creek Alliance. Participants will collect their data and collaborate to make shadow puppets and texts based on their research.

Members will then videoconference and draw collaboratively with participants in Cairo, Egypt (who have already researched the Nile and made puppets, poems and an animated video).

Texts and images from the workshop will provide the basis for a video animated by Alexandra Zevin as well as a live shadow play developed and performed by People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street.

The five-day Greenpoint/Newtown Creek workshop will begin and end at Sunview Luncheonette. The videos, shadow play, and workshop artworks from Brooklyn and Cairo will be exhibited together, at a date and Brooklyn location TBA.

There will be a parallel Gowanus Canal workshop; interested Gowanus community members can look for upcoming links to that workshop.

Shadowing Our Waterways is made possible with public funds from the
Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council.

Workshop Coordinator: Alexandra Zevin

To Apply:
Email Alexandra Zevin at
using the subject line Workshop I: Greenpoint/Newtown Creek:
1. One or two paragraphs describing your connection to the Greenpoint community and/or Newtown Creek, and explaining your interest in collaborating to make art about local water use
2. (optional) An original drawing, poem, or prose text related to the topic

Workshop Locations, Dates and Times:

Day 1: (Saturday April 9, 1 pm to 4 pm)
Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Day 2: (Saturday April 16, 10:30 am – 12:30pm)
2 hour tour of Newtown Creek
Meet up: 10:30 am on the corner of Norman Avenue and Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Day 3: (Saturday April 23, 1 pm to 5 pm)
Brooklyn Location TBA

Day 4: (Saturday April 30, 1 pm to 4 pm)
Brooklyn Location TBA

Day 5: (Saturday May 7, 1 pm to 3:30 pm)
Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Alexandra Zevin is a Brooklyn based artist working with interdisciplinary and collaborative projects. She earned her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited at such locations as Cynthia Broan Gallery and Sideshow Gallery in New York City, and Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt. She is a co-facilitator of But a Shadow of Myself, a member of the United Federation of Teachers, and a regular participant of the Writhing Society and People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street.