Recovery From Hurricane Sandy

Our water and elevator service came back late on Halloween – after I had descended eighteen flights with the kids, trick-or-treated up twenty flights, then descended back down two flights before I called it quits.

There are people who urgently need help, and the rest of us who cannot directly help them because we cannot get to them.  Roads are washed out, trains and ferries have not resumed.  It is heartbreaking to see the devastation – I cannot bear to detail it here.  You can Google what happened to people on Staten Island, in Queens, in Battery Park City, on the Jersey shore….

I live in Manhattan, an island that is a little over thirteen miles long and two miles wide.  We don’t often feel vulnerable.  With roads and tunnels under water, grocery and gasoline deliveries yet to be made, we’ve never felt so isolated.

That is where friends come in.  A few wonderful classmates from last year’s (2011) art journaling class taught by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer at The Ink Pad in New York City have signed up together (with me) to create a journal through The Sketchbook Project.  The Sketchbook Project invites participants to fill-in all 32 pages of a 5″X7″ blank book, which is then catalogued and included in a collection eventually housed by The Brooklyn Art Library.  Before returning to Brooklyn, the journals get to travel across country (and sometimes, beyond) to form a mobile art library.

Here’s a look at the project:

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I also signed up for one for myself.  The journal is due back by January 15, 2012.  Holidays? Hurricane distractions?  Nothing can keep us from Art!

News as it occurs.

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