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project leader
Diana Carulli and Hope Traficanti
location
East River Promenade
(Lower East Side)
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Much Gratitude

the project

The East River Park Coalition was formed in 2015 by three groups active in the Lower East Side community: the educational non-profit MIRA; the grassroots community group Building Amor, based in the nearby Lillian Wald Houses; and visual artist Diana Carulli. With a shared vision for increasing the use of this historic but under-utilized park, the Coalition aims to promote the park’s unique potential as an "open studio" to nuture local creative voices.

The park is located in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, the historic Lower East Side. With new economic development has come striking inequalities. Sadly, many community members are becoming isolated and are not benefitting from the neighborhood's evolving cultural and artistic life. As one of this neighborhood's premier public spaces, we want to elevate this often-neglected park into a forum for empowering local youth by bringing in premier local artists and musicians who want to teach, co-create and change lives.

This programming will includes a series of artistic workshops in which teaching artists engage young people from the surrounding community, monthly explorative labyrinth walks (at the East River Reflections Labyrinth) with an expert facilitator, musical events featuring musicians from the Lower East Side community, and a public exhibition of artistic works by local youth that were inspired by or created in the park.

By bringing creativity programming to East River Park, we hope to utilize it to its full potential as a public space for education, enjoyment and environmental stewardship on the Lower East Side.

the steps

We expect the following activities, funded by your generous, to take place during 2018

-- engage a trained exert facilitator for monthly explorative community labyrinth walks (at East River Refletions Labyrinth)

-- contract local teaching artists to deliver a series of artistic workshops focused on using the park as a vehicle for creative expression

-- bring local musicians to the park for community enjoyment

-- organize and host a public exhibition and opening event of works by local youth inspired by or created in East River Park

--re-launch the online interactive East River Park Scavenger Hunt event as a free historical walking tour for all to enjoy

why we're doing it

One of the world’s most diverse and historic neighborhoods, Manhattan's Lower East Side is experiencing rapid gentrification, leaving many lower-income residents isolated within their own neighborhood. Many local residents cannot afford to take advantage of the neighborhood’s new shops and restaurants, and many of the area's public spaces are disappearing in favor of new high-end housing developments. For young people, this shift is particiularly devestating as there are fewer and fewer safe places for them to interact with other community members. Truly the once vibrant community spirit that has made the Lower East Side famous is slowly dying. 

Given this community's important cultural and artistic heritage, we need to preserve and utilize its remaining public spaces to engage all community members and bring local artists, musicians and community leaders to those who need them most. A unique riverside linear park stretching from Montgomery St. to East 12th St. along the FDR Drive, East River Park is the perfect place to bring local artists and musicians into the lives of vulnerable youth. As they empower and inspire local youth, creative and engaging activities promote local stewardship and ownership of public space. This in turn: 

·         promotes greater civic engagement in the community and wider city;

·         helps young people to realize the full range opportunities available to them with regard to livelihoods and self-expression;

·         fosters local pride and participatin in caring for the park and neighborhood; and

·         opens up new opportunities for community dialogue.

With your generous contributions to this project, we hope to build a stronger, more cohesive Lower East Side community around one of the city's greatest free public spaces.

 

budget

Disbursement Budget 2.2.18

  • $945 Equipment and materials for teaching local youth in the arts
  • $600.63 Community outreach and partnership building for East River Park
  • $1,600 Teaching artists in visual arts, media and visual storytelling
RAISED = $3,275.00
ioby Platform Fee, $35.00
Payment Processing Fee (3%), $94.37
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $3,145.63
 

Updated Budget 1.18.18

* Teaching artists in visual arts, media and digital storytelling $3,000

* Equipment and materials for teaching local youth in the arts $1,000
 
* Community outreach and partnership building for East River Park $500
 
* Exhibition of young participants' works $320
 
Subtotal = 4,820
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $145
Total to raise = $5,000

Original Budget

  • Community outreach and partnership building for East River Park $500
  • Teaching artists in visual arts, media and digital storytelling $3,000
  • Equipment and materials for teaching local youth in the arts $1,000
  • Community events and monthly labyrinth walks $2,000
  • Park improvements $3,000 
  • Exhibition of young participants' works $500
Subtotal = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3% $300
Total to raise = $10,335

 

updates

Much Gratitude

As 2017 draws to close, many people we have spoken with have mixed emotions. More than anything, we are extremely grateful for the awesome support we've received throughout the year, including through this Ioby campaign. In addition to the monetary contributions, which are making our future programming possible, we are also very thankful for those who have offered their ideas, expertise and creativity. 

As a result of all of this awesomeness, we have a big year in store, with workshops aimed at giving the most vulnerable young adults on NYC's Lower East Side a voice in their communities and a means to express themselves. While our support to the commuity is simple, it has the potential to be nothing less than revolutionary -- ensuring a vital community in which all voices are heard and all people have a chance to make an impact. That is no small potatoes!

Some supporters have told us they need a bit more time to make their online donations. Therefore, we are extending the campaign through January. Please help us to spread the word far and wide!! And last but not least, if you have photography or digital storytelling skills -- or know someone who does -- please let us know. We need volunteers for the most rewarding service opportunity you can imagine. 

Happy and Health 2018 to all, and thanks once again for your support!!!!

Hope and DIana

Iconic Labyrinth prints available!

For sponsors at the $250 level and above!

Diana Carulli’s Rainbow Chakra Labyrinth prints are produced with archival inks on 100% cotton, Hahiemuhle rag paper with a hand deckled edge. The original drawing is done with colored pencil and craypas on vellum superimposed upon a field of hand colored Strathmore drawing paper. It is scanned directly by a Betterlight printer.

Patrons at the $500 level or above will receive this iconic print framed with ayous wood, mounted on acid free foam core (AFFC), and covered with conservation clear glass. dimensions: !8”x15” Diana Carulli’s Rainbow Chakra Labyrinth prints are produced with archival inks on 100% cotton, Hahiemuhle rag paper with a hand deckled edge. The original drawing is done with colored pencil and craypas on vellum superimposed upon a field of hand colored Strathmore drawing paper. It is scanned directly by a Betterlight printer.

Unframed dimensions:14”x17”

Framed dimensions: 18”x15” 

New Perks!

We've had a tremendous start! In recognition of the super generous folks who share our dream of bringing the arts to East River Park -- and those wonderful people yet to give -- we're offering some great gifts at different giving levels. For those who've already given, don't worry -- you'll receive these fine items as well as new donors.

Our deepest gratitude to all of you who've helped us towards our goal -- you are part of the foundation of a new arts community in one of the world's most diverse and rich artistic hotspots. We'll keep you posted!

-- With love, Hope and Diana

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Joseph & Gretchen Traficanti
  • Erica Roy
  • Joseph K.
  • William B.
  • Ann Mascia
  • Anonymous
  • Regina Legere
  • Yuri Y.
  • Joseph & Gretchen Traficanti
  • Maria Traficanti
  • Rozanne Gold
  • Anonymous
  • Gisela Gamper
  • Iris C.
  • Elaine Peterson
  • Labyrinthia
  • In memory of Elga M. Johannes