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Artist/Family Partnerships

Weaving & movement

with Carol Chave, Joy Douglas, and Trina Mannino

Saturday, October 24th:  In two weaving and movement workshops, participants will have the chance to ground, breathe, and make creative choices together while socially-distanced through guided exercises, co-facilitated by weaver and dancer Carol Chave, dancer Joy Douglas, and choreographer Trina Mannino. No dance or weaving experience necessary. A 3:00pm Family Workshop (ages 5+) will begin at the studio before moving to McGolrick Park; a 5:00pm Adult Workshop will take place at the studio. Masks are required for all participants. Advance registration required; donations appreciated.

Family Workshop: 3:00-4:30pm

Adult Workshop: 5:00-6:30pm

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This workshop is part of the Brutta ma Buona project, a dance and weaving livestream performance featuring an intergenerational cast that explores lineage and memory on October 17, 2020 at 5:00pm EST. Click here for more details!


About Trina Mannino:

Trina Mannino is a choreographer and arts administrator who has resided in Greenpoint for ten years. Her dances have been shared at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, Crooked Tree Art Center in Michigan, The Detroit City Dance Festival at the Detroit Institute of Art, The Estrogenius Festival at the Kraine Theater in New York City, Green Space in Queens, Mana Contemporary Open Studios in New Jersey, and Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint, among others.


She has received funding from Brooklyn Arts Council (2018 and 2020) and has been awarded creative residencies at The Croft in Michigan (2019 and 2020), The Floor on Atlantic in Brooklyn (Postponed - 2020), and at Mana Contemporary (2019) in Jersey City. She has been featured in All Arts, A Woman’s Thing, Brooklyn Paper, Dance Teacher Magazine, and Stance on Dance.


SHARELA BONFIELD: Say it Loud, 2020

Saturday, August 22nd, 9:30-11:30am: Join us for a very special indoor / outdoor family workshop inspired by Sharela Bonfield's window installation at Eckford Street Studio! The artist will be with us to help your family create its own unique fabric work that incorporates your experiences and feelings during this historical moment in our shared story.

With social distancing measures in place, the studio can accommodate up to four families indoors at once; time tickets are available to reserve your spot. Participate outdoors on a first come, first served basis. Social distancing and face coverings are mandatory for all participants. Click here to learn more about the measures we have put in place for the health and safety of our staff and your family during the coronavirus crisis.

Suggested donation: $25 per family

100% of donations support the Windows for Black Lives project.

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About the Work:

In this triptych of window installations, lyrics from protest songs are deconstructed and rearranged with chants from the Black Lives Matter Movement to create a visual sampler inspired by the tradition of music sampling, a foundation in hip hop music. Songs sampled include:


“Lift Every Voice and Sing”, written originally as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1899. It is often referred to as the “Black National Anthem” and is known as one of the songs for the African American Civil Rights Movement.


“Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud”, by James Brown is most popularly associated with the Black is Beautiful Movement.


The title “Freedom Highway”, by The Staple Singers refers to the murder of Emmett Till at the Tallahatchie River. 


“Get Up, Stand Up”, by The Wailers Band is about taking action to avoid oppression.

About the Artist:


Sharela Bonfield is a Brooklyn-based textile artist and educator. She has exhibited nationally and has work in the collection of the Fortune Society. She began teaching as part of a two year fellowship with the Joan Mitchell Foundation and continues to teach with the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Studio in a School. As a teaching artist her goal is to create a learning environment that addresses the needs of a diverse population and provides students an atmosphere in which creative thinking is encouraged and developed. Sharela received a BA in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Our first Artist/Family Partnership took place in spring of 2017, when we welcomed artist Martynka Wawrzyniak to do a series of workshops in conjunction with her Ziemia project, a public art piece in collaboration with the residents of Greenpoint. Learn more about the partnership here!

Are you a local artist interested in leading a workshop? Send us an email at!

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