Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Waterfront Museum

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • www.waterfrontmuseum.org

Mission Statement

The Waterfront Museum, (11-3569896) founded in 1985, is docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It is housed aboard a 1914 covered wooden barge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Waterfront Museum has created a much-publicized cultural site and destination in Brooklyn.

 

Its mission is to:

  

1. provide free and low-cost opportunities for education, exhibition and the performance arts;

 

2. promote historic preservation and our maritime heritage and an understanding of the importance of our "water highway for commerce, carrying commuters, culture, and recreation;

 

3. provide public access to waterfront piers and their unparalleled vistas and opportunities for recreation;

 

4. be an active voice for public waterfront access issues up and down the river.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Maritime Education Initiative
  3. The Showboat Barge

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Service Areas

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New York

The Waterfront Museum serves students, tourists, researchers, and the general public in the tri-state area.

ruling year

2006

President

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David Sharps

Keywords

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Waterfront, Maritime Preservation, Culture and Arts Programs, Red Hook, Brooklyn

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EIN

11-3569896

 Number

8277174107

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Since its founding in 1985, the Waterfront Museum has attracted hundreds of thousands to the water's edge. Museum open hours, which have been expanded in response to the tremendous increase in foot traffic in a revitalized Red hook, served well over 5,000 visitors in 2011.

 

In addition, the Waterfront Museum works with a historic tugboat to bring its cultural and educational programs to other docks. Since 2009, the "Tug & Barge Tour" have visited Hoboken, NJ; NYC's Hudson River Park; Brooklyn Bridge Park; Riverdale, Poughkeepsie, Cold Spring, Hudson and Waterford, NY. Over 24,000 people have enjoyed free and low-cost programs that have included: school and camp group visits, tug rides, boat tours, contra dances, music and circus performances, and much more.

Programs

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Program 1

Programs: 1) Maritime Education Initiative: The Museum has developed curriculum and materials for the historical and educational component of The Waterfront Museum. The museum seeks funds to assist its plans to develop curriculum, have students collect stories from old-timers, produce a documentary video and website that tells the story of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79-- its preservation, its role in transportation and commerce history and the reason barges of this type have become obsolete. 2)"CIRCUSundays in June": a free circus series and playing to packed houses and rave reviews. This project brings the circus to the local community, featuring entertainers who are normally seen only in larger venues, on Broadway or in where ticket prices would be prohibitive to most families. 3)"Sunset Music Series": a free music series playing to full houses. Each three-hour concert features two emerging artists and their original works in an authentic showboat style. Music ranges from folk and jazz solos to big bands and soft rock. A folk musician well known in the Brooklyn area coordinates the show. 4) Exhibit: A Maritime Art Exhibition is hung on the barge walls throughout the year.

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Budget

Program 2

Maritime Education Initiative

School, camp and senior tours any day by appointment.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$60,000

Program 3

The Showboat Barge

Site-specific performances of Music, Theater, Dance, Film, Art Exhibitions, Puppetry and Circus Arts.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Budget

$35,000.00

Service Areas

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New York

The Waterfront Museum serves students, tourists, researchers, and the general public in the tri-state area.

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President

David Sharps

BIO

David Sharps is the Waterfront Museum's founding president. Through his travels as an entertainer aboard cruise ships and on tour, David has visited waterfronts in over 40 countries. His labor of love has restored the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79 and has brought waterfront access and quality programs to hundreds of thousands of river lovers. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in Recreation Program Leadership, graduated Salutations from Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, Maryland and studied with Master Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kristy Krivitsky

Showroom Manager, Michaelian & Kohlberg

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