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Kid masks are no Halloween treats

Local teens from Starting Artists, a non-profit benefiting underserved Brooklyn teens through hands-on training in the arts and entrepreneurship, started an “Airborne Contaminants Masks” project at their local, artspace, 211 Smith Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, in response to their feelings about living near the polluted waters and banks of the toxic Gowanus Canal.

After a presentation by Brooklyn Utopias? Exhibition Curator, Katherine Gressel, and by participating and visiting artists, Triada Samaras, and Susan Konvit, the teen artists expressed deep concern over their health and safety in the event of a Gowanus Canal clean-up.

The on-going mask project, which may include works in other art/s media, will be a testament to their feelings. The teens expressed a clear desire for the safest and most comprehensive Gowanus Canal clean-up available to the public. Many live close enough to the canal to smell it on a “bad” day and cross it daily on their way to school and back.

The “Airborne Contaminants Masks” project will be submitted in early November to the Brooklyn Utopias? Teen Art Exhibition at Starting Artists. All Brooklyn teens are eligible to submit an art work to this show. Submissions are due November 5.

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