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 artnotarrests@gmail.com 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 artnotarrests@gmail.com: 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 artnotarrests@gmail.com 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 nina@crowhillcommunity.org to volunteer

Occupy Inspired Crown Heights Movement

More than 50 people attended last Sunday’s meeting (3/19) to address  some of the most pressing issues in our neighborhood.

The next meeting will be April 22
There is a moderated listserve for announcements and events related to this local/Crown Heights organizing effort.  if you would like to be on the list for discussion and logistics, please email crownheights@riseup.net

NYC DOT Bike Share Workshop

The NYC DOT Bike Share program will be presented.  Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the project, review proposed Bike Share station locations, comment on the benefits and drawbacks of proposed locations, and suggest other  locations.


Tuesday March 6
Sessions at 6:00 & 7:00 PM
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
President’s Conference Center, B1008

For more info contact: Zephreny Parmenter, Borough Planner, NYC Dept. of Transportation: zparmenter@dot.nyc.gov or  718-222-7250

Job Club

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The JOB CLUB is for young people between the ages of 17 – 24.  The club assists with resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job coaching and placement.  They are based at the Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene and the program is sponsored by THE Door and University Settlement.

Mondays & Thursdays: 1:30-3:00 PM
University Settlement at Ingersoll Community Center/177 Myrtle Ave & Prince St.


Safe In This Place

Neighborhood Story Circle

Come meet neighbors and share stories about our neighborhood around Franklin Avenue
Monday, December 12 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Georgia’s Place, 691 Prospect Place
(at the corner of Bedford Ave – enter through the side gate on Prospect)
Light refreshments will be served.

This event will also be an opportunity to learn more about “Safe in This Place,”
a ten-week series of theater-based workshops that will take place on
Thursday evenings from January to March 2012, exploring the question:
What does it mean to be safe in this neighborhood?
Read more about the project

For more info or to RSVP,
please email safeinthisplace@gmail.com  or call Julia at 708-408-2004.

“Safe in This Place” is a research project of the CUNY School of Professional Studies M.A. in Applied Theatre.

What do you think it means to be safe in this neighborhood?

Come share your ideas and meet your neighbors!

Safe In Theis Place

For 10 weeks this winter, join your neighbors in using theater activities
to explore what it means to be safe in the neighborhood along Franklin Avenue.

 Free. All are welcome. No theater experience necessary.

“Safe in This Place” is a theater-based workshop series that will engage residents of northern Crown Heights – specifically the neighborhood around Franklin Avenue – in exploring the question: “What does it mean to be safe in this neighborhood?” It will culminate in a public event in March that will be designed by participants to share what we’ve discovered and extend the dialogue to more people in our neighborhood.

The workshops will be facilitated by three local artists who are trained in using theater and drama to engage groups in creative reflection and dialogue.  The workshops will be offered free of charge to adult residents who live, work, and/or socialize on or near Franklin Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

Dates: Every Thursday from January 12 through March 15, 2012 (Participants are asked to attend all 10 sessions.)
Time: 7:00-9:30pm
Location: Georgia’s Place, 691 Prospect Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11216 (corner of Prospect Pl. and Bedford Ave.)

There will be light refreshments at all the sessions.

No theater experience is necessary. Any interested adults (18 and over) are encouraged to attend. Join us!

For more information, please contact Julia at safeinthisplace@gmail.com or 708-408-2004.

Safe in This Place is a research project of the M.A. in Applied Theatre program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.



The project is being conducted with support from the Crow Hill Community Association.


Employment Training, Resources and Financial Literacy Workshops

Beginning November 7, 2011, Ralph Lincoln Service Center, Inc. @ St. John’s Family Center is offering free pre-employment training, resources and financial litercay workshops.

This program is designed for youth ages 16-20 and adults 21 and over who are looking fo assistance in resume writing, prepration for interviews, maintaining employment, working with bosses and co-workers, searching for employment, job referrals and money managment.

This program is open to both males and females, teen parents, formerly incarcerated and out of school youth.

Space is limited. Please register at ralphlincolnservice@gmail.com or call 347-765-1113 or 347-422-3465.

Location: 1604 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, NY (Between Buffalo Ave and Ralph Ave)

Mondays (ages 21 and over) 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Wednesdays (ages 14-20) 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Fridays (ages 14-20)  4:00 PM-6:00 PM)