Kids Day Is Funded But You Can Still Donate

Kids Day, brought to you by About Time, CHCA & FAM, is an annual event that takes place in Crown Heights Brooklyn. One stretch of Franklin Avenue from Sterling Place to Park Place is converted into a carnival for a day with games, rides, prizes and more. And best of all IT’S COMPLETELY FREE!!!

Last year was a huge success, and this year we want to top that! Donations of any and all sizes are greatly appreciated.  Kids Day is an important event that brings our community together and we hope everyone can make it out on July 21st to take part in this amazing fun filled day!


Flyers for the Art Not Arrests Summer Program

Please help us get the word out about our classes.
Below are links to flyers that you can download, print and distribute

Color: best for email and web:

B&W: best for printing & posting:

And of course, register your children, we look forward to seeing you in the garden

Read full class descriptions on the Art Not Arrests website.

Art Not Arrests Kick Off Event

Screening of The Interrupters

Saturday May 12th
(rain date Sunday May 13)
at the Crow Hill Community Garden
730 Franklin Avenue
(between Park & Sterling Place)
Garden opens at 7:15
seating limited to the first 30 people
Film starts at 8:15
Please bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on

The violence interrupter program is the model on which S.O.S. Crown Heights is based.

Alan James, S.O.S.’s manager will introduce the film and talk about the success of violence interruption in our community.

Print and post flier

About The Interrupters

The Interrupters is an award wining documentary about three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in our cities.


Thursday’s Suggestion: 5th Annual Kid’s Day Event


Started in 2008, by Kevin Phillip of About Time Boutique (and The Candy Rush), Kids Day on Franklin Avenue is a fun filled day of laughter and fun, rides and games, cotton candy and prizes for the kids in our community, AND IT’S ALL FREE!!!
Watch the video from 2010

But, it does take money and a lot of hard work to pull it off.
And that’s where YOU come in.

Kevin, Garnett and Daylon (youth co-ordinator) need help with 2 things:
Fundraising and volunteers on the day of the event.

Franklin Avenue Merchants do their part in contributing to the event but a bulk of the money is raised through bake sales on Franklin Avenue run by the kids themselves.

  • Will you commit to baking for the sale?
  • Will you commit to a Saturday morning with the kids on Franklin Avenue monitoring the bake sale?
  • Will you commit to volunteering at the event?

If so, please contact Garnett:

And PLEASE support this incredible community event by buying from the bakes sale, Remember ALL money raised goes directly to the KIDS DAY, the rides, the food, the games & the prizes!!!

Tuesday’s Suggestion: Art Not Arrests Summer Program

The Art Not Arrests (ANA) structure in our garden is looking gorgeous and now we want to start planning for the next portion of the project: creating free summer arts programming for youth in our community.

There are 4 ways you can help us.
(more details about each option below)

  1. Donate to the cuff campaign to fund the art classes
  2. Teach a class in the garden this summer
  3. Parents, helps us get the word out about the classes to the community at large
  4. VOUNTEER: we need a couple of community members to help coordinate the project

More information about the project can be found on the Art Not Arrests website

art not arrests installation

1. Donate to the cuff campaign to fund the art classes

The Art Not Arrests’sponsorship displays are currently located within many of the local businesses along Franklin Ave -Please help Ground Up Designers and the Crow Hill Community Association raise money for the Art Not Arrests summer art program, by personally sponsoring one of the zip-cuffs used in the installation.

If you make the suggested $3 sponsorship donation, you are welcomed to leave your name in (or written directly on) the donation box to have a piece of the installation added with your name on it. If you would rather, you are also welcome to visit the garden to choose a zip-cuff and sign your name on it personally.

Some of the donation boxes may not be immediately visible due to space constraints — If you don’t see the donation box, please ask the person at the counter how you can make a donation & leave your name. They will happily point you in the right direction.

100% of the money raised through these donations will go toward the Art Not Arrests summer art classes, hosted in the Crow Hill Community Garden, by the Crow Hill Community Association. Any money raised above and beyond what is required by the CHCA to host the summer art classes will be used toward individual scholarships for selected students – allowing them to continue their art education after the summer classes are over. Any additional funding will be donated to other arts related anti-violence initiatives in Crown Heights Brooklyn.

You can find donation boxes and flyers at the following businesses along Franklin Ave:

  •     Guero’s Brooklyn
  •     Owl & Thistle
  •     Rosebud Vintage
  •     The Candy Rush
  •     Chavela’s Restaurant
  •     Bella Greens
  •     Little Zelda’s
  •     739 Franklin
  •     Stork
  •     Dutch Boy Burger
  •     Franklin Park
  •     Pine Tree
  •     Veggies
  •     Wino(t)
  •     PeteZaaz (Classon Ave)
  •     Winey Neighbor (Washington Ave)

2. Teach a class in the garden this summer

Calling all artists, musicians, writers, crafters, anyone who would like to teach a class in the CHCA garden this summer to the youth in our community.

if you have an idea for a class you would like to teach we want to hear from you.
Please send the following information to with “art class” in the subject line:

  1. Class description: a few lines about what parents and children can expect from the class
  2. Age range for the class
  3. Class size
  4. Duration: is this 1 one day workshop, a class that will meet more than once, let us know
  5. Schedule: dates(s): your availability for teaching and the hours
  6. A short bio about yourself
  7. Picture of yourself (optional)

3. Parents, helps us get the word out

Once we have a class schedule, we will need to sign kids up.If you are a parent in the community please contact us with ways we can reach out: we need contacts at schools, daycares, after school groups, etc.

Please send complete information to with “outreach info” in the subject line

  1. Organization name
  2. Contact name
  3. Contact info (phone, email)

if you are willing to help distribute flyers at your child’s school/daycare please send an email to with your contact info and “flyer volunteer” in the subject


Can you commit some time to help make this project a success?

We need a couple of people who will have time this spring/summer to help us make this project as good as it can be.

  1. If you are good with on-line communication, GREAT
  2. If you are good with phone outreach/follow-up: FABULOUS
  3. if you can help get flyers distributed: DYNAMITE
  4. if you can help monitor in the garden: MARVELOUS
  5. if you want to help the kids in this community: WE WANT YOU

Please contact Nina: CHCA Project Manager to volunteer


Date: Saturday, April 7th 2012
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Crow Hill Community Garden – 730 Franklin Avenue

Help Ground Up Designers build the framework for the Art Not Arrests project. This event will satisfy all urges to get dirty, use power tools, and play outside. We’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday, come help out if you can! Food and beverages will be served. Zip-cuffs will be availible to be decorated and added to the installation at the event.

Please RSVP on the Facebook Event.


Date: Saturday, March 24th 2012
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Crow Hill Community Garden – 730 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Come help Lana & Kristen clean up the garden, level out the ground, and get the site ready for construction the following weekend. It’ll be fun!

Please RSVP on the Facebook Event.

Check the ArtNotArrests site for future events including the Art Not Arrests Construction & Project Launch! on Saturday, March 31st & Sunday April 1st 2012

Save The Date

Safe in This Place: A Franklin Avenue Theater and Dialogue Project and Crow Hill Community Association invites you to join us for a public performance and dialogue about what it means to be safe in this neighborhood

Thursday, March 8, 7:30-9:30pm
at St. Teresa of Avila Church
563 Sterling Pl. (at Classon) (map)

For 8 weeks, residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn have used theater to engage in dialogue about what it means to be safe. They have raised questions about community, race, class, gentrification, power, police, diversity, and change. In this interactive public sharing of the project, the group members will perform pieces of theater and engage the audience in a continued dialogue about these questions.

Refreshments will be served.
Open to all 
RSVP or questions to or 347-762-9439.