Guardians of Flushing Bay
Field Station for Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek
Oct 2 2021
Mar 5 2022
Year of Uncertainty Community Partner, Guardians of Flushing Bay (GoFB), is a grassroots coalition of human powered boaters, local residents, park users and citywide partners advocating for a healthy and equitably accessible Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek.
Inspired by their collaboration with YoU artist-in-residence Tecumseh Ceaser, GoFB is investigating their role as ‘stewards’ of Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek. To GoFB, ‘good stewardship’ means taking care of all the dimensions that impact space (ecological, social, political and physical) and doing so in a way that centers those with the greatest barriers to accessing the space. GoFB’s stewardship is collaborative and playful, originating from the efforts of dragon boat teams, educators and artists.
The Field Station for Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek is an installation that invites visitors to become familiar with the Flushing Creek watershed and sewershed that Queens Museum is located within, through maps and ephemera, interactive story maps, video work, and participatory learning tools and games.
Guardians of Flushing Bay (GoFB) is a coalition of human-powered boaters, environmental enthusiasts, and local residents advocating for a healthy and equitably accessible Flushing Bay and Creek. In close collaboration with residents, organizers, and leaders in our watershed communities—College Point, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Corona and East Elmhurst—GoFB accomplishes their goals through waterfront programming, hands-on stewardship, community visioning, and grassroots advocacy that promotes a healthy ecosystem and equitable land use practices.
The Year of Uncertainty artist residencies and community partnerships are made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Lambent Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation.
Major funding for the Queens Museum is generously provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
Image: Installation view, Guardians of Flushing Bay: Field Station for Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek, Queens Museum. Photo credit: Hai Zhang.