With art crawls outdoors the aim is to celebrate art in the public space,
vitalizing the neighborhood with activities, art on display, installations and community interaction by the many local artists in the area.
Bushwick in the Jefferson Street x Wyckoff Ave area is very populated with artist studios, an art crawl brings attention to the artists, and connects the community with the artists and the public.
The event took place at the same time with the Bushwick Collective Block party, bringing a new series of murals of street art and graffiti to the walls on Troutman and adjacent neighborhood, with music and vendors, Troutman and Scott Ave.
12 artists painted live at the Go Green Festival, organized by Town Square, celebrating Earth Day with activities, designers and artists offering ideas about earth friendly matters or community.
The artists Brett Thompson, G Piedmonte, Nyssa Frank, Chris Smith (Smitty), Francis Christie, Henry Minata, Raul David, Alicia Garcia, Omer Gal, Elizabeth Devlin, Uta Brauser and Chandra Free painted on portable walls, non permanent wall space.
The event created a memorable and lasting impact on our community and environment, with the help of all artists, contributing designers and small businesses offereing green solutions for a sustainable world!
Part of our mission is to create a collaborative artist group to become owners of buildings and land in the areas where we live and work:
Buildings and structures to practice, manifest and celebrate the many art forms. Studio spaces, exhibit spaces, theaters, community centers, equipped workshop spaces, class rooms.
How many artists reading this have been pushed out of their neighborhoods, moved to more affordable and often dangerous neighborhoods, accepted difficulties in order to keep practicing their calling or desire of art and creativity. In New York City we have watched the developments of SoHo, a previously commercial and warehouse district, Dumbo, the commercial part of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Gowanus and now Bushwick and Red Hook.
We artists need to start OWNING our properties, so we have permanent and reliable spaces to grow our roots with, to be our anchors, our foundation to implement and grow our business aspects together with the divine mission of art.
We can do it, it simply requires collective effort and focus!!
This is a call to join the committee for “Artist owned” to study and configure approaches and strategies how artists and art related, art supportive businesses will purchase buildings and land, raise the necessary funding for buildings to be NOT used as speculative investments but for a mainstay for the arts.
To sign up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line : artist owned committee.
“I want people to know that I’m not just a regular Muslim girl, I am a great pretty girl who wonders what people say and think about her and how she acts.”
“I want you to see how much I think during class and how clever I can be.”
“If you walk around my neighborhood you may think it’s a place where blacks are labeled as dangerous and there’s gang violence. I mean that is true but when you really know what happens there you would think of it as a place filled with creativity and culture. For example, there are beautiful works of graffiti like the mural on Pitkin avenue that says Brownsville and shows vibrant colors with different symbols and drawings.”
“I used different shades of purple to show the melting of the crayons that were placed on top. This shows how the feeling of royalty can all melt away when I get teased or bullied and do not know why. I still stay strong through all words and hatred.”
6th Grade Scholars at Achievement First Brownsville Middle school represent their identity, personality and narratives through photography and a variety of media.
Ruby Singh, the Middle School 6th grade art teacher tells us about her program:
The art program at Achievement First Brownsville Middle School serves as an exploration of outlets for the community we serve. When experiences, especially those we share in our Brooklyn communities, go unprocessed, we risk under
developing the most critical side of who we are – understanding of self, both independent of and in the context of that which surrounds us. By stimulating student engagement in a variety of art forms, our program provides the access to and a cultivation of the skills and outlets art inherently provides in developing identities. When our program is at its best, it doesn’t only live within the developing identities of our scholars in our building, but colors the neighborhoods and communities from which they come from.
The art will go up wheatpasted by the students on the walls at Morgan Ave near Harrison Place, June 23rd at 5 pm. Please join us with this very special moment!