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"There are no holidays in funeral service" Matthew Linsing, an instructor and funeral director, says knowing all too well that death does not wait for anyone's convenience. The mystery of death, and the funerary rituals that surround it ask us to face our own mortality. While most shy away from this awkward confrontation with thoughts of the unknown, there are a select few who confront the reality of death every day at the
Rochester, New York is home to The Strong National Museum of Play, a colorful and whimsical 282,000 square foot interactive museum devoted entirely to play. This unique institution houses the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, an indoor butterfly garden, a deep archive and library of play...
What began as the ancient Egyptian practice of preserving deceased household pets through the process of mummification has evolved into a group of tattooed metropolitans gathered in a converted Greenpoint barber shop around a table of frozen mice. The Mouse Taxidermy Class taught by Brooklyn-based taxidermist and entomology artist, Amber Maykut at HoardaCulture invites curious minds and lifelong collectors to fina...
Holography is a science. It's physics and light photonics and the manipulation of surfaces with lasers. But it's also an art. The Center for Holographics Arts , known as the Holocenter, is stalwart in promoting and developing holograms as an artform. Housed in a turn-of-the-century home on Governors Island, the summer museum and arts center demystifies the outwardly complex nature of this technology by engaging the pu...
Not only does New York City lay claim to being the nation's most populous city, it is also situated in one of the largest harbors in the world. Unfortunately, many residents never take full advantage of the wonderful economic, recreational, and educational opportunities that living in a port city provides. The Waterfront Alliance strives to protect, transform, and revitalize our harbor and waterfronts. For th...
Everyone remembers their first college tour; keeping pace with a spirited upperclassman as they weave through a maze of libraries, dormitories, and lecture halls while a million questions race across your mind. The experience is a little different when you've biked near 70 miles to be there. I Challenge Myself is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings 10 New York City high school students to 7 colleg...
The neighborhood of Corona, Queens bustles beneath the 7 train and boasts the most heavily Latino population of any immigrant community in the borough. Accordingly, issues of immigration reform, solidarity, police relations, and human rights are of the utmost importance but can be difficult to broach when those affected may feel vulnerable. Mobile Print Power uses silk screen printing as a way to engage i...
There are different ways to see a room. As a static space, a room, a home or an art studio can look like a collection of objects and furniture arranged in a space. As a space for movement, a room has energy and direction. You enter through somewhere, have an experience, and then exit the space. Moving efficiently through space was very important to the late Victor D'Amico, founding director of education at the Museum of Modern Art for over 30 ye...
Type enthusiasts spend hours poring over a line of type, years developing a font, and five intense weeks honing their craft at the Type@Cooper summer program. The condensed summer counterpart to Cooper Union's full year part-time program, attracts members of a small but passionate type community from around the globe yearning to unleash their inner type geek and dive quill-first...
Between podcasts, oral history collections, and radio news reports, the web is a treasure trove of information. The problem is, no one can find it. Search engines fail to locate recorded audio without full-text transcripts or detailed meta-data while those who are deaf or hard of hearing miss out on this information entirely. Together We Listen is a collaboration between New Y...