The Brooklyn Hi Art Machine began with two artist and friends that have been living in the same Brooklyn building for over a decade, Mildred Beltré and Oasa Duverney. As our friendship grew we began accompanying each other as we made art and in 2007 we began having drawing and sewing nights in each others apartments. As we worked we dreamed of taking art supplies outside on the street and inviting our neighbors to make art with us. These dreams lead to starting the Brooklyn Hi Art! Machine.
Our goals are to create a greater connection between neighbors in our community and make art friendly and accessible to all. We believe that by becoming active, collective participants in art making, members of the community can find new ways to relate to each other and to the art institutions in the neighborhood.
As artist, we began these evenings of art making with the intention of building a closer relationship as neighbors. We believe that bringing this practice to the rest of our community will allow us to act as a bridge between our neighbors and the various cultural institutions that exist in our community but have fallen short when it comes to engaging local residents.
This year we will offer specific art services alongside the art workshops that The Brooklyn Hi Art machine has become known for. Mildred will offer sewing and mending services. Giving neighbors an opportunity for interaction and conversation as their clothes are fixed. Oasa will offer drawing and graphic services to our neighbors, providing services such as sign, logo and tattoo design, portraits, invitations, post cards and greeting cards design or just interpreting neighbors wildest dreams into drawings. This year we would like to invite neighborhood artists to design workshops to offer along side our art services.
During these art workshops there will be individual projects that participants can take home as well as a collaborative project that everyone can contribute to that will focus on issues that are important to our neighborhood. These projects will later be displayed publicly and celebrated at the end of the free art workshop series. In the past these celebrations have taken place in a neighborhood gallery or on the street along side a barbeque.
We will use the money raised on Kickstarter for art supplies and equipment for the various projects we have planned for this summer. Projects planned include sidewalk chalk animation, silkscreen printing, a neighborhood scents self-guided tour project, and a neighborhood newspaper. Each summer we have more people wanting to work with us than we have seating or space under the tent. We need to buy more tables and chairs as well as another tent. We will also continue to provide healthy snacks to our neighbors.
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