A few weeks ago our friends Swoon and A’yen came over to talk with Sara and I about an amazing project that they are putting together this summer called, The Miss Rockaway Armada. At the end of July, Swoon and 25 performers and artists from all over the world will be meeting in Minneapolis to construct a flotilla of rafts that will then take the artists on a month long journey down the Mississippi River. The rafts will create a mobile cultural center made from recycled and salvaged materials and the vessels will be powered with sustainable technologies such as wind, solar and bio liquid fuel. Along the way, the group will stop in various towns hosting musical and theater performances in the evenings, along with workshops centered around arts and environmental issues during the day.
On the evening of July 13th, the Miss Rockaway Armada will be hosting an art auction in New York City to raise funds for supplies such as motors, fuel, and other necessities. While art events and fundraisers happen all of the time, Sara and I recognize that an event like this one will only happen once. So if you are in town, definitely stop by. In the next couple of days we’ll be posting more about the Armada, including offering a limited edition print by Swoon to raise funds for the trip.