Centre-fuge Cycle 6 Round UP with Cre8tive YouTH*ink and friends of Mike Hamm, 2012, photo by Dan Roffman
Youth is a stage of life marked by uncertainty and challenge. It is a time of enormous potential, enthusiasm, and energy. But it is equally true that youth are apt to experience alienation and restlessness as they toil through the transition into adulthood. Cre8tive YouTH*ink engages urban youth, partnering teens with working artists in apprentice-style working environments.
Centre-fuge Public Art Project is dedicated to repurposing underutilized transitional space in New York City and facilitating public art works with local communities and artists. Centre-fuge brings together communities that are being broken apart by the congestion and blocked roadways of constant construction and acts as a catalyst for the future pursuit of creativity.
Influx In Flux facilitates three sets of community-based murals in three separate locations along First Street, by pairing urban teens with working artists in the creation of these works. With arts programs dwindling, engaging restless youth in an art school without walls reawakens and encourages a new generation of art makers. Using spaces that are oftentimes thought of as “single purpose” not only implements an upcycled mentality but also fosters the idea that the existing possibilities already surrounding us are an endless, untapped resource.
First Street Green’s First Park 33 E. 1st St. (betw. Second & First Aves.)
Centre-fuge Trailer across from 68 E. 1st St. (betw. Second & First Aves.)
Four construction containers across from 94 E. 1st St. (Betw. First Ave. & Ave. A)
Stop by May 1 through May 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to watch the murals in progress.