In The News: Staten Island’s Snug Harbor open on a limited basis; Building P to serve as warming center
SIAdvance, Staten Islanders can stop by Building P at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to warm up, change clothes, use WiFi and charge phones and computers….
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In The News: Staten Island’s latest SHARP showcase features emerging artists Colin Todd, Tara Israel
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SIAdvance, Some 21 volunteers, mostly neighbors of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, raked and bagged leaves, twigs and other debris Friday at the Livingston complex.
SIAdvance, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is looking for help in the aftermath of Sandy.
The late 19th century map indicates which professional staff members lived in the cottages. The secretary, engineer, gardener, banker, and farmer lived in their own respective cottages. Remaining true to their original intention as living quarters, Snug Harbor has allowed the cottages to serve as a residency for emerging artists. Snug Harbor’s Artist in Residency Program was conceived in 1983 and fully instituted in 1988. The program attracted artists from Finland, France, Greece, Japan, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, and Tibet creating the perfect environment for establishing a cultural dialogue through art. Snug Harbor continued the dialogue with the community through programs, exhibitions, and events. Unfortunately, the program went dormant for a few years.
In 2012 the Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program was reinstated. Emerging artists are offered a supportive environment to explore their creative development for two months. At the end of their residency, artists are given the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Newhouse Gallery for Contemporary Art. New York State Residents under 30 with a BFA are eligible to apply. For more information, please see the Visual Arts Page.
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When it was first completed in 1856, the Veteran’s Memorial Hall or chapel did not have a tower. The original plan called for a tower but the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor did not approve it. In 1883, Snug Harbor’s carpenter, Richard Smyth constructed the tower that exists today. It is unknown as to whether Smyth used the original blueprints or constructed it himself.
The Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor rode the wave of religious revivalism in the nineteenth century and mandated that all sailors attend religious services. The religious services were delivered in the Presbyterian and Episcopalian traditions. After the VMH officially opened in 1856, Rev. Phillips dramatically addressed the group of sailors and stated:
You are here, however, not to spend your time in idleness, in the mere animal indulgence of eating, and drinking, and sleeping; but you are here to refit. Your voyage has not yet terminated; the most important part of it is yet before you; there are quicksands, concealed rocks, whirlpools, and yawning gulphs. There may be a darker severer and more terrific storm, and a more awful warring of the elements still in reserve for you, than any through which yu have ever passed—you may yet be hopelessly wrecked, and left to sink into the deep and unfathomable abyss. Have you prepared your bark for this last part of your voyage, and are you sure all is right?