Who Takes Care of New York?
(Community Partnership Exhibition)

Who Takes Care of New York? is an exploration of the variety of civic groups that exist and thrive in New York City, and the ways that they care for and support their local environments. Displayed through maps, art, and storytelling, this exhibition aims to empower visitors with an understanding of their capacity to make lasting changes in their neighborhoods.

This exhibition is organized by the USDA Forest Service’s New York City Urban Field Station (NYC UFS) and Pratt Institute’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI). The exhibition will also feature artists whose work aligns with the themes of community-based stewardship, civic engagement, and social infrastructure, including artists Magali Duzant and Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, as well as two NYC UFS Artists-in-Residence, Matthew Jensen and Julia Oldham.

Opening Night Reception
Thursday, September 12, 6-8pm
We welcome you to join us on Thursday, September 12 for the opening night reception of Who Takes Care of NYC? at the Queens Museum to celebrate the scientists, artists, stewardship groups, and community partners which have made this exhibit possible. Light refreshments will be served.
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Performance: Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow “The Picnic: Harvest of the STEW”
Sunday, September 15, 2-4pm
Location: Museum Lawn, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Please join us in the park directly outside of Queens Museum for a performance by Jodie Lyn Kee Chow, honoring stewardship groups in the five boroughs. The performance will begin at 2pm.
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Curator Walkthrough & Panel
Saturday, September 21, 12:30-4pm
12:30-1:30pm: Curator Led Walkthrough of the exhibition
2-4pm: Panel: How We See Stewardship
Location: Queens Museum Auditorium, 2nd floor 
Moderated by Lindsay Campbell (USFS, STEW-MAP), Panelists TBA
Artists, scientists, and designers alike have brought Who Takes Care of New York to life by using the power of visualization to allow us to see stewardship and celebrate those who take care of our city. From the technical to the tactical, we will explore the various strategies employed by these practitioners. Join us for a discussion on the power of images, data visualization, and storytelling to communicate the important role that stewards play in caring for and shaping our city.
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The Natural Areas Conservancy presents: Forest Bathing in Forest Park, Queens 
Sunday, September 22, 10am-1pm
Location: Forest Park, Queens
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Who Takes Care of New York City: Stewardship Saturday with NYC Parks
Saturday, September 28, 10am-2pm
Location: TBD
Inspired to join your fellow New Yorkers in taking care of our city? We’re teaming up with the Stewardship Team at NYC Parks on Saturday, September 28th to practice environmental stewardship here in our own backyard. Registration is available both at the Queen’s Museum exhibit space and online at Eventbrite.
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The NYC Urban Field Station, a partnership between the USDA Forest Service, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Natural Areas Conservancy, has a mission to improve quality of life in urban areas by conducting and supporting research about social-ecological systems and natural resource management (www.nrs.fs.fed.us/nyc). SAVI is a multi-disciplinary mapping research lab and service center that focuses on using geospatial analysis and data visualization to understand NYC communities (https://commons.pratt.edu/savi).

The Community Partnership Exhibition Program at the Queens Museum provides opportunities for cultural and other nonprofit organizational partners to develop and mount short-term exhibitions based on their programs and our collaborative projects.