ART BARTERING PROJECTS

ART BARTERING PROJECTS

 

[Re]Silience East New York 

A public sculpture garden, oral history project and beautification initiative which will build identity and allow residents and visitors to learn about the neighborhood through recorded accounts of East New York and its history. [Re]Silience East New York looks to activate unused lots throughout the East New York region. Many empty lots in the neighborhood, currently managed by the Housing Preservation Department, have been left unused and underutilized for decades. With East New York at the brink of development, however, it is expected that many of these lots will soon be built upon. Arts East New York looks to open these lots to the public as the development process occurs. The sculpture gardens will be the setting for listening to pre-recorded stories of current and past East New York by members of the community. The content will be curated and derived from within the neighborhood through a series of outreach events where the artist, along with members of our organization and residents will be able to personally depict the communities and their needs. [Re]Silience East New York is being spearheaded through our [re]New Lots Artist Studio & Incubator. The visual work presented through [re]SilienceEast New York will be created by selected resident artists at [re]New Lots.

 

STATEMENT OF NEED

 

With the City of New York expanding with extreme rapidity, city agencies and developers look to quickly develop regions of the city which have previously been overlooked. East New York, Brooklyn, has been at the forefront of these conversations as the next frontier of development. Community members across the board have raised significant concerns about changes in their neighborhood and their inability to express their opinion in a public setting. [Re]Silience East New York looks strengthen community through direct documentation and public display of stories and concerns within the community in an artistic setting. [Re]Silience East New York looks to ensure that a community’s voice and character is not permanently lost as the neighborhood goes through this time of change.

 

 

[Re]Explore East New York 

A photo exhibition and beautification initiative which will allow residents and visitors to experience and unpack the neighborhood through an artistic lens. The exhibit will be curated in banner form which will cover a distracting construction barrier on a developing site in East New York. The idea for [re]Explore East New York comes as a response to community complaints about the construction site disrupting safety and education at the local high school. [Re]Explore East New York is being spearheaded through our [re]New Lots Artist Studio & Incubator. The work presented through [re]Explore East New York will be created by selected resident artists at [re]New Lots. Funding in the amount of $53,400.00 is requested for the successful printing and installation of the banner – as well as for the materials related to the creation of the art works.

 

STATEMENT OF NEED

 

With new construction on the intersection of Flatlands Avenue and Essex Street in Brooklyn, NY – the community has seen the building of a 600ft wide by 10ft tall barrier fence around the site. This corrugated metal fence has been subject to much scrutinyby community members. Faculty and Staff at Spring Creek High School, located on the adjacent block, have adamantly raised concerns about the construction site and specifically the low aesthetic quality of the fence as being a distraction and safety hazard to students as they commute to and from school – which effectively takes away from their educational experience. If the community does not engage with the fence in a positive manner, the site is more likely to become a space for littering, violence, loitering, and truancy.

 

 

[Re]Connect East New York 

A mural project and beautification initiative which will allow residents and visitors to better orient themselves, increase safety, and build identity amongst the Brownsville and East New York communities. Located under an overpass on New Lots Avenue between Snediker Avenue and Van Sinderen Avenue, this dark pathway is an inevitable destination for anyone riding the L train at the New Lots station and taking the B15 bus to JFK Airport. This dark pathway between East New York and Brownsville has threatened the comfort and safety of pedestrians for decades. Visitors and residents have also raised concerns about the lack of visible orientation nodes when exiting the station and bus. [Re]Connect East New York will address these concerns while allowing viewers to connect with the community through an artistic lens.  The content will be curated and derived from within the neighborhood through a series of outreach events where the artist, along with members of our organization and residents will be able to personally depict the communities and their needs. [Re]Connect East New York East is being spearheaded through our [re]New Lots Artist Studio & Incubator. The work presented through [re]Connect East New York will be created by selected resident artists at [re]New Lots. Funding in the amount of $00,000.00 is requested for the successful painting and managing of the project – as well as for the materials and professional fees related to the creation of the art works.

 

STATEMENT OF NEED

 

With greater overlap between communities and more tourists passing through this growing transit hub, it has become evident that the path below the New Lots Station overpass does not adequately serve its’ users. Its’ dark, dirty walls hinder the reflection of light which make it difficult to see and comfortably pass through at all hours of the day. The bus stops and entrance to the train station are also placed deep into the street, which effectively leave anyone getting off, especially at night, unable to orient themselves. The East New York and Brownsville communities, for years, have wished for raised awareness of the varying culture between neighborhoods and for a way to let people know where each of the neighborhoods begin. If the community does not engage with this important but underserved space through positive means, it will continue to be a place of danger, littering, and unpleasant activity. [Re]Connect East New York will be a leap towards positive community engagement and set an example for a user friendly built environment.