Engage Me at the Rail Park
It was hot on the second Saturday of July. However, the heat did not stop the passionate neighbors joining “Parks for Chinatown” programming at the Rail Park. As a collaboration among PCDC, Asian Arts Initiative, and the Friends of Rail Park, “Parks for Chinatown” aims at activating public spaces in Chinatown and connecting residents to the new Rail Park through arts activities, games, and neighborhood artists’ performance.
The event on July 13th featured a gardening workshop, Liberian Storytelling, and a Vietnamese Dahn Tranh Performance. Mei Ling, an experienced urban farmer and artist, taught people steps of transplanting. Participants of the gardening workshop were able to paint their own pots and get the herbs of their choice. Liberian Storyteller Gbahtuo Comgbaye recreated an ancient story with drummers and dancers. Vietnamese musician Ngô Thanh Nhàn and his student Linda brought innovative music form to the audience.
“Parks for Chinatown” will also host four game nights during August. The event will be held at 10th Street Plaza on Aug. 8th and 22nd, and at the Rail Park on Aug. 1st and 15th. Join us Thursday evenings for Mahjong, Connect 4, arts & crafts for all ages!