Haunted Carousel

Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Beginning October 21, don’t be scared when you enter the “haunted carousel”! Take a spin on the spooky ride while we play your favorite Halloween jams.

The Prospect Park Carousel is open Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. $2.50 per ride, $11.50 for a book of 5 tickets, free with Alliance Family Supporter membership. Join the Alliance at the Family Supporter level and your family (up to 4 people) will receive unlimited rides on the Carousel for a full year!

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caribBEING House at Lakeside

Catch the caribBEING House before it leaves the LeFrak Center at Lakeside after Labor Day weekend!

This unique multipurpose mobile art + cultural + market space reflects the cultural heritage of Brooklyn’s Caribbean Diaspora. Inside the bright yellow container—located right by the Splash Pad—find your favorite hot sauces, chocolates, decor items, wellness goods and much more to from local Little Caribbean makers and artisans.

Learn more from caribBEING. 

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The Last Stand: An Experimental Opera for Trees

Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks Art in the Parks are partnering with Creative Time to present artist Kamala Sankaram’s first public artwork, The Last Stand, on view Thursday–Sunday, September 18–October 10, 2021, in Prospect Park. The public sound installation and experimental opera for and about trees invites audiences to consider the complex and expansive life cycle of one of our most vital natural resources. Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn’s last remaining forest with more than 30,000 trees and many species of native flora that are an integral habitat to the hundreds of species of birds and wildlife.

The Last Stand chronicles the lifespan of a 300-year-old Northern Red Oak—the “Mother Tree”—from the years 1750–2050. The rich soundscape tells the story of the Mother Tree in Black Rock Forest, a nearly 4,000-acre diverse ecosystem in upstate New York with tree species tracing back 14,000 years. Sankaram personally created field recordings of the environment to develop sounds for the installation, which will be experienced through rhythms, looped sounds, and the physical vibrations they generate.

The Last Stand is the winner of Creative Time’s 2021 Emerging Artist Open Call, which offers the opportunity for an artist to create their first-ever public artwork. Lead Project Support is generously provided by Costa Brazil.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or advance registration is required, and COVID protocols will be in place. 

Learn more about The Last Stand, on view in Prospect Park Septeber 18–October 10, 2021.

For information on location, accessibility, restrooms, and more, please click here.

Art Installation: Gallery

Caribbean-American artists Devin Osorio and Tania L. Balan-Gaubert’s Gallery transforms the Lefferts Historic House front porch into a Caribbean veranda with a multimedia installation featuring Osorio’s tropical-patterned Dracaena Cane Coil Curtain, comprised of hanging coiled balls, and Balan-Gaubert’s salvaged furniture sculptures, Somewhere in the Unfinished. Says Osorio: “I am referencing the plants and types of objects that my grandmother decorated her own patio at her home in the Dominican Republic. This was my favorite place to be when I visited, and I want to bring that same joy and sense of island summer ease to Lefferts Historic House.” Says Balan-Gaubert: “Chairs placed in front of homes in a way that suggests continued use are evocative of the lives inside who come outdoors to enjoy the weather or be in the company of others, and can be visual representations of a city… Stoop life… porch sitting… block parties and barbecues signal the aesthetics of community.”

This installation will be on view Thursday–Sunday through June 30.

The program is part of caribbeing Prospect Park, a month of workshops, art installations and other special events presented by caribBEING and Prospect Park Alliance. Enjoy Caribbean art, music, dance, food, wellness and much more during this cultural celebration for Brooklynites of all ages. All participating artists and vendors are based in Brooklyn, and hail from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Panama, Barbados, Dominican Republic and Guyana.

Learn more and RSVP for the full range of programs at prospectpark.org/caribbeing.

 

We Are Brooklyn: Immigrant Voices

Join Prospect Park Alliance to view this multimedia exhibition based on immigrant oral histories from The Brooklyn College Listening Project. Brooklyn College students, as part of the Brooklyn College Listening Project interviewed family, friends, neighbors and strangers. They sat with them in kitchens, in living rooms, in libraries, recording their stories. This exhibition is drawn from these oral histories, on view at Lefferts Historic House Thursday–Sunday through Labor Day.

The Witness Tree Project

In timing with Prospect Park’s 150th Anniversary, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Prospect Park Alliance present The Witness Tree Project, an exhibition of designed objects by RISD students created from a 150-year-old fallen elm tree in the Prospect Park Parade Ground.

The exhibition is on view Thursdays through Sundays, 12-5 pm, from September 9-30, with a closing reception from 3-5 pm on September 30.

Witness Trees, as designated by the National Park Service, are long-standing trees that have “witnessed” key events in history. In a joint spring 2017 RISD furniture studio and history seminar called The Politics of Belonging: Race, Diversity and the Immigrant Experience in Brooklyn and Beyond, student designers researched Prospect Park’s significance in American history, visited the site and built fully informed objects reflecting on what they learned, using the wood to create objects inspired by the rich cultural history surrounding the tree.

The range of projects represents the wide range of immigrant experiences, and include a series of wooden kaleidoscopes through which viewers can observe the text of President Trump’s proposed travel ban, to a wooden replica of the turntable used by seminal immigrant musician Grand Master Flash in the 1970s.