Shine Shrine Intention Walk Connects Brooklyn Neighborhoods and Celebrates Resilience and Community
Free Activations of Art, Music, Dance, and Culture during August and September
August 11, 2021
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) and DUMBO Improvement District (Dumbo) today announced that Brooklyn-based performance artist Chiquita Brujita’s arts group Brooklyn Brujeria is presenting the Shine Shrine Intention Walk at sites throughout Dumbo and Downtown Brooklyn from August 19 to September 18. To mark the opening, Brooklyn Brujeria is hosting a Rumba de la Musa and silent disco on August 19, 6pm at the Pearl Street Triangle in Dumbo.
Curated by Chiquita Brujita and inspired by her geometric artwork, the Shine Shrine Intention Walk is one of the projects funded through the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, under New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Part of the State’s approach to create vibrant neighborhoods and boost local economies, Downtown Revitalization Initiative investments are a crucial part of the State’s strategy to revitalize communities.
Shine Shrines will place non-secular altars, or shrines, adorned in colorful and hand-designed flags in key spots throughout Brooklyn, starting with Pearl Street. Additional sites include P.S. 307, Vinegar Hill Community Garden, and Albee Square Plaza. Together, they will create a walkable route connecting diverse Brooklyn neighborhoods through public altars that celebrate strength and beauty. Each installation features micro-murals and embellished flags that seek to lift the spirits of New Yorkers during this period of mourning, loss, and recovery. Brooklyn Brujeria will activate each altar with multi-disciplinary performance events of music, dance, magic, tarot, and apothecary, creating experiences that inspire hope while also serving as a reminder of our past struggles.
“Support from the Downtown Brooklyn Placemaking Fund will provide a transformative opportunity for Brooklyn Brujeria to engage a diverse coalition of creatives in lending their talents to spread light, magic, and art through the creation of the Shine Shrine Intention Walk,” explains Chiquita Brujita. “By visiting multiple sites, the hope is for visitors to experience familiar spaces in an unfamiliar way.”
“A large part of what makes Downtown Brooklyn so vibrant and resilient is its diverse community and we hope Brooklynites from all walks of life see this reflected in the Shine Shrine Intention Walk,” said Regina Myer, President of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “These vibrant and engaging activations at key Downtown sites is the latest iteration of the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, which aims to renew a critical sense of hope for our neighborhood while bringing people together to celebrate art, music, culture and expression.”
“This kind of art and performance has the power to really move the body and soul,” adds Alexandria Sica, Executive Director of the DUMBO Improvement District. “We are so pleased to bring such intentions to our community.”
Connected through art and collective healing and rooted in the beauty and traditions of the African Diaspora, the Shine Shrine Intention Walk will encourage New Yorkers to safely gather at each activation and see their neighborhoods through a new lens. With four activation events centered around visual interpretations of justice, freedom, and power, the community is invited to participate in silent disco, drumming, poetry, sound bath and apothecary, tarot readings, a vintage market and more, or walk the pathway connecting each shrine at their convenience through September 18.
Shine Shrine Intention Walk is one of twelve new public art and performance projects and five accessibility upgrades to cultural venues that are taking place throughout the greater Downtown Brooklyn area as part of the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund led by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) and DUMBO Improvement District (Dumbo). The fund was one of the projects selected as part of New York State’s $10 million Downtown Brooklyn Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), which seeks to connect and transform downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND LOCATION DETAILS
Rumba and Silent Disco
Thursday, August 19, 6:00-10:00 pm
Pearl Street Triangle (Water Street between Pearl Street and Anchorage Place)
Featuring Rumba de la Musa, + DJs Sabine Blaizin, Madame Vacile, and the Reboot Collective
Drums, Poetry and Song
Thursday, September 2, 4:00-7:00 pm
P.S. 307 Courtyard (209 York Street, Brooklyn)
Featuring Strings N Skins, Trezure Empire, and Anusha Mehar
Sound Experience and Apothecary
Sunday, September 12, 1:00-4:00 pm
Vinegar Hill Community Garden (199 York Street, Brooklyn)
Featuring Phoenix Sol + Pia Love
Vintage Market, DJs and Tarot
Saturday, September 18, 12:00-7:00 pm
Albee Square Plaza (@ Fulton Mall, 551 Fulton Street, Brooklyn)
Featuring DJs Geko Jones, Jorly Flores, Xtina Starr, and additional invited guests
All events are free and open to all ages.
ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN + DUMBO ART FUND
The Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, a partnership of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Dumbo Improvement District, provides grants for eligible public art, performance, and accessibility projects that serve to enhance public space, increase access to cultural programming, and connect the neighborhoods of the Downtown Brooklyn area. Funding for these transformative grants has been provided by New York State through its Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Part of New York State’s approach to create vibrant neighborhoods and boost local economies, DRI investments are a crucial part of the State’s strategy to revitalize communities.