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A community driven architecture installation to help stop gun violence by funding art and education programs in Brooklyn.

'ART NOT ARRESTS'

A Community Oriented Art Installation by Ground Up Designers

WHAT THE PROJECT IS ABOUT: 

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.

HOW THE PROJECT WORKS:

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.

WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO:

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.

DESIGN AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS:

‘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

RECENT PRESS:

The L Magazine:
http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2012/02/08/solving-crown-heights-crime-problem-with-public-art-made-of-zip-ties

Brownstoner:
http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2012/01/closing-bell-art-installation-for-chcg/

Inhabitat NYC:
http://inhabitat.com/nyc/ground-up-designers-create-anti-gun-public-art-installation-for-crow-hill-community-garden/

ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES:

New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Grant - Application deadline Jan 31st 2012

Rewards:

Pin: Available in Black, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

Bracelets: Available in Black, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

Necklace: Available in Black, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

T-Shirt: Available in Women's & Men's American Apparel S,M,L, XL 

Hoodie: Available in Women's & Men's American Apparel S,M,L, XL 

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    For your donation, you will receive a pin, to wear around town and show that you support a safer Brooklyn. Additionally, you will receive a 'Thank You' letter that includes information on more ways to help stop gun violence in Brooklyn. Your name will be displayed on the ‘Thank You’ list at the installation site.

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    For your donation you will receive a custom designed bracelet made of zip-ties. Each bracelet is designed and hand made with love, by Lana and Kristen. Along with this you will receive everything from the $5 donation rewards (pin & thank you note).

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    For your donation you will receive the 'ART NOT ARRESTS' tote bag to carry around town. Show your neighbors that you want to see an end to gun violence, and the beginning of more after school arts programs available to the youth. Be a part of the movement. Along with the tote bag you will receive everything from the $5 donation rewards (pin & thank you note).

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    For your donation you will receive THREE custom designed bracelets made of zip-ties in your choice of colors. Each bracelet is designed and hand made with love, by Lana and Kristen. Along with this you will receive everything from the $20 donation rewards (tote-bag & pin combo).

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    BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE 1: NAME ON WEB For sponsoring Art Not Arrests at this level, your business will officially become a part of the project! Once the project launches you will be given a box of cuffs to help collect donations from the public for Art Not Arrests’ summer art classes and local organizations working to promote a safer Crown Heights. Your business's NAME will be listed on the project’s website as one of the ‘Participating Local Businesses’ working toward a safer Brooklyn.

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    For your donation you will receive a custom necklace made of zip-ties. Choose your favorite color and enjoy this special necklace designed and hand made with love, by Lana and Kristen. Along with this you will receive everything from the $15 donation rewards (bracelet & pin combo).

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    BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE 2: LOGO ON WEB At this level of sponsorship, your business will become an active part of the project and will have it’s LOGO featured the project’s website -- boldly promoting that you are involved and proudly working toward a safer Brooklyn.

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    For your donation you will receive EVERYTHING listed above! The Necklace, T-shirt, tote-bag, bracelet, pin, AND thank you note. Share your swag with your friends or just look like the most hard core supporter of 'Art Not Arrests' other than Lana & Kristen ;) We really really appreciate your support and hope you love your rewards!

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    For your donation you will receive the 'I Support A Safer Brooklyn: ART NOT ARRESTS' Hoodie. Custom designed, and hand printed by Lana and Kristen, you can show your support while keeping warm. Along with the Hoodie, you will receive everything from the $20 donation rewards (tote-bag, pin & thank you note).

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    For your donation you will receive ALL THE SWAG! Hoodie, T-shirt, tote-bag, necklace, 3 bracelets, pin, and thank you note :) You have no idea how much you are doing for our cause. Because of your donation, we can buy over 100 cuffs, which will help us earn over $500 toward art supplies!!!

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    At this level of donation, we start feeling like you probably don't care about the swag..... you're all about the mission aren't you? Because of this, we will plant a perennial plant in one of the CHCA's custom planter boxes, located along Franklin Ave, in your name. We will also make a custom 'ART NOT ARRESTS' plaque with your name on it to go on the planter box! Have your name remembered long after the installation is down with a reward that re-blooms every spring.

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    With this donation, we would be SO HAPPY that we would custom design a beautiful 'ART NOT ARREST' plaque with your name on it, and incorporate it into the design of the installation. The whole installation, built with you in mind, and marked as such. Additionally, you will have provided enough funding to almost completely cover the cost of the cuffs, which will allow us to raise a LOT of money toward next summers, under-the-canopy art classes. Really it's hard to come up with a reward for this much generosity.

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