Heart of Greenpoint Chalk Quilting Bee

I am fundraising for 7,200 pieces of sidewalk chalk for a large community event to take place on 9/18. The project will take place in McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Chalk has been difficult to come by due to the pandemic thereby increasing the pricing. Your support would be greatly appreciated!


"Heart of Greenpoint Chalk Quilting Bee” is a simple concept and all are welcome to participate. It is an action, a convening, a happening centered around process, play and mindfulness. It is an act of celebration, play, a passage and marking of time, a tribute to the local park which served as an anchor and respite for the community members during the pandemic. The rules of engagement are simple. Using traditional sidewalk chalk, all community members are invited to color the pavilion hexagons with bright colors to contrast with the surrounding greenery. The aim is to fill up as much of the hexagons as possible with vibrant colors. The project is akin to a large-scale quilting bee. Hexagons provide great geometric design possibilities. In numerous cultures, hexagons are symbolic of universal coherence, harmony, balance. They are found in beehives and are the most structurally stable shape for load distribution. They are utilized in cell phone towers to maximize surface area with no overlapping shapes. These concepts of stability and balance resonate with the project. Individual actions combine showcasing each participant’s contribution to the collective effort. It is my hope that the community’s gestures radiate outward and a memory of the experience remains, even whilst the colors fade and wash away. The project is funded by the New York City Artist Corps recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and DCLA The grants support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.


Bea Wolert
Brooklyn, NY

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