By Simone Carlene Porter
Aaahh, the many abstract Crayola-saturated masterpieces clinging to refrigerator doors of households with children. Call them abstract or call them genius. Inspired by these pocket-sized visionaries, C.O. Bigelow, a landmark institution in the West Village since 1838 with former visitors such as Mark Twain and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is teaming up with Gen Art, the leading organization for showcasing young, emerging artists and entertainers, to host a Block Party Benefit on Saturday, May 19th. It’s all to benefit the Children’s Museum of the Arts, a nearly 20 year-old local charity that gives children the inspiration and tools they need to express themselves creatively. Now people, this is a block party, not a house party so leave your rowdy friends at home and bring the sane ones out for an afternoon. There’ll be tons of free activities and food to entertain everyone from the contemporary to the conceptual – down to the wannabes.
Photo by Kate Attardo
The Block Party will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm on Greenwich Avenue between Christopher and 10th St. You can get your t-shirt reconstructed, brush up on those DJ skills, create your own bling, and gain some street cred working with Gen Art artists in an interactive mural project. All this plus sweet treats for your sweet tooth and a raffle for unbelievable prizes.
Instead of working on that crease in the sofa you’ve already created by sitting in front of the television on Saturday mornings, get up and bring the kids and the big kids out and enjoy! Support this fun-filled event to benefit young artists in the hope that extra refrigerators will be bought due to the overwhelming surplus of children’s artistic genius.
C.O Bigelow Block Party
Greenwich Avenue (between Christopher & 10th St)
Saturday May 19th 2007