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With the summer of 2011 upon us, the Miss Rockaway Armada has begun our next and perhaps most ambitious non-river-traversing project. For the following summer months, the MRA will be living and creating in Philadelphia with the gracious help and support of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.

“Let Me Tell You About a Dream I Had: Miss Rockaway Armada is an innovative new art installation created by the nationally renowned Miss Rockaway Armada opening September, 2011. The nontraditional exhibit will feature a flotilla of several sculptural elements composed entirely from recycled and salvaged materials that parade from the Schuylkill River to various destinations throughout the city during the summer before being deconstructed into an exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Alliance (251 South 18th Street on Rittenhouse Square).”
— Philadelphia Art Alliance

To follow our progress and check out announcements for upcoming events, please check our project-specific website: We’ll also be contributing photos to our flickr stream for the project here. And you can find the project on the facebook here.



After spending over a month in the Quad Cities building new rafts and modifying the old ones, we are itchy to set our fleet loose on the Mississippi. From the start, this project has not been simply about reaching our destination, but about the impact and interaction between ourselves and the communities that we visit. Last year we spent a few days (or longer) in each of the towns we visited doing workshops (silkscreening, leather working, calligraphy, slackrope walking) and putting on performances. This year our crew has been working on a full length performance, complete with sequins, accordians, marionettes and a Tall Bike joust.

We hope to set sail soon after our performance. But… we are still in need of engines!

Come see “The Big Bug Boat Show” at Ducky’s Lagoon in Andalusia, Illinois.
Saturday, June 16 @ 8 P.M.
Sunday, June 17 @ 3 P.M.

Items available now from the Miss Rockaway Art Benefit (CLICK HERE TO VIEW ITEMS!)

The landlubbers.

The Armada is still going strong! Updates from the river will be coming soon.

Some of us who have returned to New York will be sharing photos and stories of life aboard the Armada at PS1 this Saturday at 3pm. Come by and say hello if you’re in the New York area!
PS1 Flyer
Saturday, September 30, 3:00 pm
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

(Long Island City, NY – September 19, 2006) P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is proud to present a slide show and discussion of the Miss Rockaway Armada, an artist-organized journey down the Mississippi River on a flotilla of hand-fabricated rafts.