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 Project Finds A New Home

We happy to announce that the Art Not Arrests installation and summer art classes for kids has found a new home at the Walt L Shamal/Dean Street Community Garden located at 1093 Dean Street between Franklin & Bedford

We thank the garden for opening their gates and their hearts to this exciting community project.

We will be updating you about the Farmer’s Market coming to the garden on Saturdays from June 30th – November 3rd, 8 AM – 2 PM.

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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.


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



A Community Oriented Art Installation by Ground Up Designers



Located in the Crow Hill Community Garden, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, our art installation/fundraising platform focuses on bringing the community together to build something beautiful in memory of last summer’s Labor Day shootings. If launched, the installation will help raise awareness and funding for organizations in Brooklyn that are working to stop gun violence through the use of art and education programs for the youth.

We believe that the key to reducing gun violence in Brooklyn isn’t a more extreme police force (as we often see as a response to shootings), but is better art and education programs for the youth. In light of this, we’ve designed a canopy for the community garden made of disposable handcuffs — each cuff will be individually sponsored by a participating member of the community, showing that they would like to see more art programs available for the youth as a means of getting kids off the streets and preventing gun violence, not more arrests.

We decided to use the handcuffs as a symbol of both the youth violence and the overbearing police presence, that our neighborhood is continually confronted with. Using the handcuffs as a part of the art installation is not meant to trivialize these sensitive topics — in fact we hope that they will keep the conversation geared toward these important issues as we come up with creative ways to tackle them.


We are submitting our project to a number of international design competitions, launching a Kickstarter campaign, and applying for the New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods grant. With the money raised through these initiatives, we will purchase the materials we need for the project. Once purchased, the cuffs will then be made available for donation at participating businesses throughout Crown Heights. When someone sponsors a cuff, they will be given a packet of information to take home, as well as a cuff to personalize with a message and then leave in a collection box for pick up.  Once a week, Ground Up Designers will collect the sponsored cuffs and add them to the installation.

Each cuff donated to the project will stand as a symbol of it’s donor’s support for positive community growth in Crown Heights — as more and more people donate their personal cuff to the project, a mesh will begin to grow in a lace like pattern. This mesh of cuffs, created of our neighbors’ joint community spirit, will become the canopy of the installation and a place for people of meet and organize throughout the summer. Architecturally, this canopy will be supported by a framework of fanned supporting legs that connect with hinges to a base. Just as the canopy is supported by the legs, the legs are completely dependent upon the canopy. This design was chosen to represent the relationships between the community organizations that support the community, and the individual members that support the organizations — one would not exist without the other.


The completed design uses over one-thousand cuffs to create the canopy of the installation. If each cuff is sponsored at the suggested $3 – $5 donation, we will have raised between $3,000 and $5,000 when the installation is complete!

A portion of the money raised will be used to fund free art classes which can be held under the canopy throughout the summer. The remaining money will be donated to community organizations that are working toward better education programs for the youth and against gun violence.


‘Art Not Arrests’, was awarded 3rd Place in the Black Spectacles Un-Competition Project, an international design competition focusing on self initiated/community oriented design projects.

‘Art Not Arrests’ was exhibited at “Build On”  the follow up event to The Un-Competition Project: January 19th at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

‘Art Not Arrests’ will be Exhibited at “Slap Dash” a monthly series that brings together different art forms for a semi-cohesive mixed-media event: June 2012 at LaunchPad<

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