RISE : Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment

is a community center for emerging artists, and scientists alike to connect with local residents and visitors to the Rockaways through programming and public art exhibitions to raise awareness of the natural environment and increase the vibrancy of the local Rockaway community.

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In 2016, RWA completed renovation of the former FDNY Company 265 Firehouse located at Beach 59th St & Rockaway Beach Blvd into RISE: Rockaway Institute for Sustainable Environment; a center for community- based programs and collaboration focused on environmental concerns in the region including the environmental, economic, physical health and well being of the local Rockaway community.

This marks a big step forward for the Rockaway community as the RISE center partners with community-based organizations and local businesses to host a variety of programs and activities for the public. 

A growing arts scene is taking shape in Rockaway. To accommodate more space for artists, the main floor of the firehouse has been converted into the "Great Hall" gallery to exhibit various forms of art, film, and live performances; and a well-equipped studio/lab has been created on the 2nd floor, for emerging artists and scientists to lead community-led projects, lectures and classes for youth and local residents.

RISE's mission is to make the Rockaway Peninsula a more vibrant and resilient community through community planning, environmental stewardship, arts and cultural programs.

We believe RISE will help make the Rockaways a public tourist destination for the greater NYC community, bringing economic development, jobs, and resources to one of New York City's most underserved communities.

Success Stories:

Meet Jadel

In 2007, Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us as a practicing intern while she attends college. Hear more about Jadel's story.