River To River is an annual summer festival created by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) in the aftermath of 9/11 “with the intention to heal and celebrate New Yorkers’ resiliency through the power of art.”

Responding to the challenges of the present moment, River To River 2020 presents the vision of four artists: Asiya Wadud (pictured above), Jean Shin, Muna Malik, and Mona Chalabi. A number of the projects are collaborative.

If you happen to be in New York August 15-18, Muna Malik invites you to fold a piece of paper into an origami boat and on it, write your answer to the prompt “We have an opportunity to set sail towards a new future. What society would you build and how do we get there?”, and bring your boat to Belvedere Plaza in Battery Park City. If you’re not in New York, you can also take a picture of your boat and email it.

The festival continues through August 30. Learn more about River To River Festival, the artists, and their projects on the LMCC website.

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photo by Ian Douglas

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