If you walk around the Northern Manhattan neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, you’re bound to stumble upon beautiful artworks on seemingly every corner. But unlike other art collectives around New York City featuring an eclectic range of themes, this one focuses exclusively on birds — and not just any birds, but those North American species that could become extinct if nothing is done to address climate change. From stunning designs on storefront security gates to oversized murals covering an entire side of a building, it’s time to explore one of the country’s most ambitious and environmentally-focused street art initiatives, captivating birders and non-birders alike.
Join New York Adventure Club for a virtual exploration of the Audubon Mural Project, a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and art gallerist Avi Gitler that aims to create murals of every climate-threatened North American bird — mostly throughout the neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, where famed American ornithologist John James Audubon once lived.
Led by licensed New York City tour guide Leigh Hallingby, our digital showcase of this incredible collective will include:
- An introduction to the New York neighborhood of Hamilton Heights and impact of former resident / landowner John James Audubon (1785-1851)
- The origin story the Audubon Mural Project, which to-date, includes nearly 100 murals depicting over 125 bird species
- A close look at over 40 murals, along with commentary around the artists and their vision
- The latest developments in the Audubon Mural Project, from temporary art exhibitions around the city to mural sites in other boroughs and cities
Stick around afterward for a Q&A with Leigh — any and all questions about the Audubon Mural Project are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually!
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
Leigh is a licensed NYC tour guide who specializes in Harlem, Morningside Heights, and the Upper West Side. She is passionate about exploring all five boroughs and beyond on foot, mostly through organized walking tours. Leigh is retired from a 36-year career as a non-profit librarian in New York City. She loves doing research about the neighborhoods in which she gives tours and sharing the information about them with attendees. Leigh is a feminist, collector, genealogist, and lover of arts, culture, and travel. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
“The opportunity to see the murals in such an effortless way. It does motivate me to want to see the rest of them.” -Patricia
“Very organized, knowledgeable, lots of visuals, kept my interest.” -Laurie
“I enjoyed seeing the murals, learning how they were created, finding out background information, and how well it was organized.” – Maureen
“The chance to see the murals and hear expert commentary despite the fact I am not in NYC.” -Eileen
“The speaker was extremely knowledgable and passionate about her subject. There were many illustrative slides and videos. Both the lecturer and the presentation were extremely well-prepared.” -Helaine
“Speaker was very interesting and informative and there were many photos to see what she was talking about. Loved it!” -Mary Beth
“Interesting, excellent tour guide, wonderful artwork.” -Elaine
“Pictures were great — info and presenter as well!” -Miram
“Very interesting, well-organized presentation with a good mix of slides, stories, and videos.” -Katherine
“The pace, the use of videos as well as photos, seeing artists at work, and most of all, listening to Leigh Hallingby, who is not only very knowledgable but also gifted at pulling out the most important pieces of information. Very well-conceived.” -Elizabeth
“Able to see the beautiful artwork without traveling to the city.” -Lois
“Everything! I live in Washington Heights and have wondered about the murals.” -Kenda
“Very informative and well-organized. Librarian turned tour guide was fantastic. The virtual tour was great. Thank you.” -Anne
“It is nice to take a virtual trip especially these days when we cannot travel. I would like to see the mural in person someday.” -Susan