a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
The power of a story is often in the details that stay within your mind. These details create a window into an experience.
“People rescue each other. They build shelter and community kitchens and ways to deal with lost children and eventually rebuild one way or another.” — Rebecca Solnit
In the fall of 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast. The Rockaways, in Queens, New York, suffered immense damage. The community slowly rebuilt in the years following. Rockaway Tales is an on-site storytelling app that gives voice to that experience. Through personal recollections that can be heard while walking through the neighborhood, residents speak about their experience. These are stories of hardship but also resiliency. Sharing these stories brings home the human cost of events like Hurricane Sandy, the determination to preserve connection, and the desire to rebuild. The larger problem of climate change is acknowledged through the human cost and effect of this event.
Patty Harris is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BA from Reed College, Portland, Oregon, and an MFA from Queens College, CUNY. Her work explores climate change. Patty is an Associate Professor of Electronic Media at SUNY College at Old Westbury. Patty has been showing since the early 1980s domestically and internationally. Her exhibitions include PSI/MOMA, Exit Art, Ronald Feldman, Quartair, Contemporary Art Initiatives in The Hague, and the Wallace Gallery at SUNY Old Westbury. With a group, Art Attack, she exhibited at Tacheles in Berlin, the Ujawdowski Castle in Warsaw, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center. She has created public art installations through the New York City Parks Department. Articles about Rockaway Tales have appeared in Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art, Rockaway Tales, essay by Patty Harris, Routledge Press, 2019.