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Jun - Sept 2022

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The Gray-Green Divide

Installation By Mona Chalabi


Environmental Justice in Brooklyn Communities

This site-specific installation by artist and data journalist Mona Chalabi, illustrates New York City’s most common trees on the front steps of Brooklyn Museum. In playful drawings and data-driven visualizations, Mona investigates why trees matter. Not only do trees create shade and shelter, reduce energy needs, and remove air pollution, but access to trees also affects physical and mental wellness. When many New Yorkers were confined to their homes due to COVID-19, extreme heat and unequal proximity to cool green space became, and remain, heightened public health issues.

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Art Talk and Nature Walk

Lauren Zelaya with Herban Cura

Saturday July 9, 2022

Project organizer and Director of Public Programs at Brooklyn Museum, Lauren Zelaya, will give a talk about Mona Chalabi's outdoor installation The Gray-Green Divide. After the talk, Antonia Estela Pérez—artist, herbalist, and co-founder of Herban Cura—leads an interactive nature walk exploring the medicinal and cultural properties of local plants and trees. The program begins with an outdoor talk on the plaza steps and continues with an exploratory walk through the neighborhood.



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