gowanus visions

a festival of art and action - June 15



Gowanus Waterfront/Sponge Park (west side of the canal between 1st and 2nd Streets)

  • 1:00-2:00pm: Dance Workshop

  • 2:00-3:30pm: Performances by Gowanus Wildcats, Artichoke Dance, and students from PS372 and Murrow High School

  • 3:30-4:00pm: Oyster Demonstration

Ongoing activities 1:00-4:00pm:

  • Kayaking

  • Interactive Exhibits

  • Visual Art

Eco Tour (meet at the Union Street Bridge)

  • 1:00-1:45pm: Led by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy

Clean and Green Volunteering (carroll street between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street)

  • 10:00am-1:00pm: Did you know that street trees around the Gowanus Canal provide environmental services, including carbon dioxide capture, air quality improvements and stormwater capture, equal to $360,000? Engage in tree stewardship with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. Registration is required.

DJ Dance Party at Public Records (233 Butler Street)

  • 4:30-6:30pm: Celebrate Gowanus at this free dance party. Refreshments are available for purchase.



The Gowanus Canal was given Superfund status by the US government because it is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. This festival provides education and participatory activities and produces a performance spectacle along the canal. Gowanus Visions is held on Global Water Dances Day to raise awareness and spur activity around the Gowanus Canal and impending remediation and rezoning.

This program is support, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as the Brooklyn Arts Council and The Harkness Foundation.