Open Call for NYC Area Boatmakers, Builders, and Artists

Craft & Design
Open Call for NYC Area Boatmakers, Builders, and Artists

As reported here on MAKE last year by Jon Kalish, Marina 59’s “Boatel” in Far Rockaways, Queens, NYC is expanding their programming this summer with a six-week boat-maker residency. They’ve just launched an Open Call for artists & makers to submit your ideas; deadline is March 9, and small stipends are available. The best part is they have abandoned boats they are looking to salvage/renovate, so the difficult part of actually building a boat is already taken care of! Managed in part by some of the Swimming Cities crew, the residency seeks to address access to NYC’s water, boat maker and building skills, and build community in the Far Rockaways, an often overlooked area of the boroughs. So whether you’re looking to refurbish a watercraft, meet some new boat enthusiasts, or simply work all day and enjoy the tranquility of the marina at night, details are online here.

The Boatel is a fleet of refurbished abandoned boats clustered around a floating platform. Some of our newly salvaged boats are gutted, others have existing interiors. Design proposals should consider functionality. The structural integrity of the boats should not be compromised. Artists will be able to stay part-time or full-time in a boat with water & electricity for the duration of the project. The beach is five blocks away. You are also welcome to bring a kayak or canoe to explore Jamaica Bay, or use one of ours.

4 thoughts on “Open Call for NYC Area Boatmakers, Builders, and Artists

  1. Carolyn Brown says:

    Are there any spots left? I missed the deadline, but maybe you need more hands (on deck?)

    1. Nick Normal says:

      hi Carolyn, I can’t speak for the Marina but I do know they are still posting the announcement on other sites/lists, so I’m sure there’s still some opportunity available. On a side note, I’m hoping to cross-bike from Queens to Montauk this Summer, and I see on your website you have a space there, so maybe we’ll cross paths some day! ciao!

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I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

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