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Power Play

Rubin Museum Annual Block Party

Sunday, July 21, 2019
1:00 PM–4:00 PM

Heat Safety Notice: The Museum is air conditioned and open to the public all day. Outdoor activities will be sheltered in shade and water misters will be administered on the street to help keep visitors cool.

Discover the power of community at the Rubin Museum’s annual Block Party. Join thousands of other New Yorkers at this outdoor event featuring art and activities for all ages inspired by the Rubin’s yearlong exploration of the power that dwells within us and flows between us.

Art-Making Activities:

  • Power Down: Create your own stress balls
  • Power On: Create a portable lamp with LED lights
  • Power Objects: Wrap and weave string around wood and stone in a project inspired by the Tibetan Namkha Nepal

Participatory Experiences:

  • Flower Power: Build a collaborative floral feast for the eyes
  • Power Couple: Ask someone at the table to trace your hands to form patterns on the long table
  • Power Nap: Recharge with a guided meditation
  • Power Poles: Get scientific with magnetic force and metallic sand
  • Power Trip: Explore constellations in the Himalayas
  • Net Walk: Artist Milcah Bassel explores movement with groups that must move in unison
  • Playgami: Origami artist Uttam Grandhi creates an AR experience with images inspired by the Rubin collection
  • Power Forward: Wind powered messages with artist Kyung-Jin Kim

Activities led by community organizations:

  • Art Connects
  • Grassroots Movement in Nepal
  • India Home
  • Jumpstart
  • Siddhartha School
  • YindaYin Coaching


  • Fogo Azul Brazilian Women’s Drumline
  • Nepal Hip-Hop Foundation
  • Power Painting Jam curated and MC’ed by Rhiannon Catalyst with music by Building Beats
  • YindYin – Traditional Tibetan dance in celebration of the power of community
  • *ASL interpretation available for stage programming


  • Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
  • People’s Pops
  • Yanni’s Coffee
  • Cafe Serai
  • Sweetface Snoballs
  • The Commons Chelsea

The Rubin Block Party is made possible through the generosity of New York Life. Additional support has been provided by Agnes Gund, Con Edison, and India Tourism, New York.

Event is free and open to the public (includes FREE admission to the museum all day) and will happen rain or shine.