Hurricane Sandy had a profound effect on many of us in the northeast, but particularly on our local community of Queens and the Rockaways. As such, MoMA PS1 has tried to do our part in the relief efforts. Immediately following the storm , we offered the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 as a refuge for locals while our colleagues at MoMA shared their conservation expertise online and in symposiums. In addition, we organized volunteer relief trips every weekend to the Rockaways, where we saw firsthand the severity of the devastation.
Having seen the damage firsthand and met so many wonderful people affected, we decided we couldn't proceed with our annual celebration in Miami, and instead canceled the party to host a benefit, in partnership with our friends at Volkswagen. We raised more than $140,000 that will go directly to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.
As a very special, generous act, our benefit co-host Volkswagen announced that they will donate a geodesic dome, the VW Dome 2, as a relief and temporary cultural center for the Rockaways, similar to the VW Dome existing in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. As part of our upcoming exhibition EXPO 1: New York, the geodesic dome will not only serve as a relief center throughout the winter months, but also provide architects, artists and scientists a platform to discuss how to rebuild the vulnerable part of New York after the changed climate conditions, and provide a meeting point in one of the areas hardest hit by Sandy.
For those of you who weren't in Miami, but would still like to donate to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, you can do so at: http://www.rwalliance.org/rwa/. We thank you in advance for your generosity.