The Main Street WIRE is one of many community sponsors of a panel and arts showcase on Roosevelt Island that is part of the first citywide Reimagine End of Life Festival, the week of exploring big questions about life and death.
Reimagine End of Life is a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation that draws on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design to break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance. Islander J. Khadijah Abdurahman led the charge to bring this important community-building event to the Island, and her excitement was contagious; the Island is hosting four free Reimagine events on October 28.
You should come!!
It’s free, there will be music, food, and deep conversation. Experienced clinicians will explore the challenges and opportunities they face in providing end of life care in a racially and religiously diverse city.
The culminating event is this Sunday October 28 6-9pm at Coler Hospital at 900 Main Street. The conversation will revolve around how race, religion, and ability shape the dialogue between clinician and patient. The panelists are Beauty Freemantle, Island Acupuncture & Wellness; Dr. Ravindra Amin, Dir. of Clinical Psychiatry, Coler Hospital and Robin Duell-Rawlins, Nurse Practitioner, Supportive Care, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Long time Islanders Mary Schoen, Nurse Practitioner, Supportive Care, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will moderate. RSVP here.
So many Island based community groups and organizations are opening their doors, their wallets, and offering their time to help ensure all of the events are free, and accessible to all Islanders. As one of those groups, we would like to start the community conversation by asking for your written contributions about life and death.
There are no wrong answers, and no off-limits interpretations. Prompts could include how you explain death to your children, a near death experience of your own, or what it was like to witness someone else die. It could be about an animal’s death, what you hope for in death, what you wish for about it, or what confuses you about it.
There will also be three art workshops taking place taking place that same day that will explore the subject matter in creative ways.
Removing The Shroud: Death and Grieving Out Loud Sculpture Workshop Led by Sunshine Martin (age 17+) Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, 12-3pm. FREE Participants will have the opportunity to smash their sculpture and/or showcase it at the evening panel + showcase Living on Roosevelt Island, What Matters In the End? RSVP here.
Since We All Die, Why Bother? Theater Workshop Led by Fariso Jordan (age 17+) Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, 548 Main Street. 12-3pm. FREE. What are the things we're not allowed to talk about concerning death? Through theatre-based methodology, this workshop will guide participants to creatively explore this question. Participants will have the opportunity to share their piece at the evening panel + showcase Living on Roosevelt Island, What Matters In the End? RSVP here.
They Live in The Songs, Remembering The Lost Ones Through Music. Digital Music Workshop Led by DJ Roger Smith + TreZure Empire (age: 13-19) Featuring Special Guests: Open Doors Reality Poets. Cornell Tech Cafe, 2 West Loop Road, 12-3pm. FREE. In a time when videos of Black children being executed by the police are going viral, how does popular music from the Black diaspora both mourn those lost and demand joyous celebration that we are are still here? Participants will have the opportunity to share their song at the evening panel + showcase Living on Roosevelt Island, What Matters In the End? at Coler Hospital Canteen (6-9pm). RSVP here.
Looking forward to seeing you at these events on Sunday!