Ray Jordan Achan

Superfund Soliloquies
Pronouns: he / him
Artistic Discipline: Performing Arts
Category: Creative Equations Fund: Justice, Equity, & Sustainability
Grant Year: 2024
Location: Greenpoint

Superfund Soliloquies is a public art making workshop along two federal Superfund sites in Greenpoint Brooklyn (the Meeker Avenue Plume, and Newtown Creek). The project will take place for two weeks, with each week dedicated to an area of each Superfund site. Each day an artist/environmental steward will be stationed at an accessible point of the Superfund site and gather thoughts, words, phrases or gestures about the community’s relationship and understanding of the Superfund sites from participants who want to be involved. The collected materials will be collated into a final, devised performance at the end of second week. Community members will also have access to educational resources relating to the Superfund sites through an environmental educator, members of the EPA and through custom zines. The goal of this project is for art to serve as a creative way for a federal agency like the US EPA to communicate with local community members about the future of the Superfund sites in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The intended outcome for this project is for the community to have more accessible ways to reach the EPA and to participate in community meetings that are held monthly, that oftentimes many concerned residents cannot make.