FABnyc Call for Artist Proposals To Honor the former Chrystie Street African Burial Ground and Advance Public Understanding of the History and Presence of Black Communities in the Lower East Side
APPLICATION FORM & additional information
Deadline for submission: Saturday, January 21, 2023 (midnight)
NYC’s Lower East Side has always been shaped by the history and presence of Black communities. Yet for most New Yorkers, these histories are hidden or unacknowledged.
The creation of the Chrystie Street African Burial Ground by the African Society after the Chambers Street burial ground was closed, the early legacies of ‘half freedom’ and Black land ownership, the African Free Schools of the 18th century, the mixed-race dance halls on the Bowery, and the impact of the Draft Riots are central narratives for building a true understanding of the Lower East Side and New York City. These stories require new and creative methods for being shared with the general public.
As part of this effort, FABnyc is issuing an open call to artists to create an art installation at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to memorialize the Chrystie Street African Burial Ground.
The proposed project should honor the former Chrystie Street African Burial Ground and advance public understanding of the history and presence of Black communities in the Lower East Side.
Weekend of Work in Sebastiaen de Britto Garden and Self Defense Practice in the Pit
Martial Arts Practice (and a bit of tennis practice) Inside “The Pit”.
Gardeners removed dead branches, pruned, dug up weeds, organized the flower beds, planted bulbs, and collapsed rat burrows!
And our much loved “Sunflower” Garden of Hope:
It’s My Park Day!! Halloween! Stanton Building Activation!
A beautiful weekend Sunday, Halloween, bulb and tree stump removal and new tree planting, live gorgeous music by the Eric Paulin Quartet and the Judette Elliston Trio (thank you FABnyc), plans to move forward with activating the Stanton Parkhouse, Free Store Face-painting, Labyrinth-making, Halloween art-making, Stanton CSA info, neighbors and local non-profits meeting and working together to make the day go well.
A warm and gracious welcome from our local neighborhood-raised Park advocate Council Member Chris Marte (or was that Julius Cesar?) and our local community to our vibrant, well-informed, new Manhattan Borough Park Commissioner Anthony Perez!
With words of encouragement, promise and excitement for a new phase of community partnership!
Favorite comment of the day: “This is so much fun”
Thank you to our Task Force members FABnyc and the Eric Paulin Quartet and the Judette Elliston Trio, University Settlement and their artist and crafts -maker, Sara Roosevelt Park Coalition, GreenMap, and Pratt. And the countless volunteer efforts of this community like Stanton CSA, Myles’ FreeStore face painting arts, Diane Carulli’s Labyrinth, Urban Park Ranger (off-duty volunteer), Steve Elson, Allen/Pike Volunteer Gardener Justen Ladda, M’Finda Kalunga Garden, Neighbors to Save Rivington House’ long-time activists Lisa Kaplan and Harriet Cohen, and Buro Happold, and Marvel our pro-bono architects and engineers vis a vis FABnyc!
We could have this here.
Take a look at what we got to do:
The day starts with NYCParks Staff dropping off supplies from Partnerships for Parks set up with our partners and volunteers.
The planting of a new tree in the Tree Pit here!
By the determination and energy of Keena Suh (Pratt Design School Professor) the steady hard labor and effort of Jake (volunteer-for-the-day) who broke through the cement-like tree pit surface (with the help of composer/musician Steve Elson), and the expertise and commitment of Daniel Tainow (off-duty Park Ranger volunteer) and help from our newest “volunteer” Park Commissioner Perez.
Check out that old busted tree stump!
and the ‘back’-story:
Long, long, long time Park advocates Bob Humber and Jim Pender
A Day in the Park
Beautiful days in Sara Roosevelt Park –
Fairy Homes, Bob at his post, Ganesh, flowers, Ken rushing off to Clean Up Forsyth Plaza, Free Store, Photography, Neighbors meeting, (trash on Houston could use a little work DOT)
It’s YOUR Park Day – Stanton Area! SUNDAY October 30th
Plant bulbs, beautify this area, build a labyrinth, music, Games, Halloween, learn about the Stanton Building, meet your neighbors!
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