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Nancie K
142 Watkins Street
(Brownsville, Brooklyn and central Brooklyn)
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Thank you to everyone so far! Only $1320 needed - See our event so far!

the project

Let's change the narrative for Brownsville and also for all of central Brooklyn. Let's feature the artistic talent of east of Prospect Park. Brooklyn Art Walks features visual and performing arts as part of Tastes of Brooklyn events. Franklin Avenue Festival is April 1st, and Tastes of Bed-Stuy is April 29.

For the first time ever, we are creating the Watkins Street Art Walk. Unfortunately, Watkins St. in Brownsville has a reputation as one of the city's most dangerous places for illicit drug activity and gun violence. But, that is not the real Brownsville. We are going to line Watkins Street on May 6th with artists young and old, fresh food chefs offering fresh gourmet dishes, and live performances.

We also welcome all the children to submit their art and come and perform. There will be free art tables at all our events and artists creating on site. We also will be planting and greening and lining the street with green turf. 

Come discover the culinary and artist gems of central and east Brooklyn, all east of Prospect Park.

For Tastes of Bed-Stuy or Tastes of Gowanus on May 20 - donate $35 per ticket here or $100 per 3 tickets (12 tastes) and we will count you in. It gets doubled. Thank you!

the steps

March-April: Meetings of our team to plan events.

March 25: Franklin Avenue Festival (go to + Art Walk between Sterling/Park

April 29: Tastes of Bed-Stuy plus Art Walk

May 6: Watkins Art Walk plus Fresh Food Festival

why we're doing it

Central Brooklyn is one of three NYC neighborhoods with the highest rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity - mainly due to chronic, systemic lack of affordable, nearby fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy choices. These police precincts unfortunately also have among the highest incidences of mental illness, illicit drug activity, gun violence, crime and assaults. That is the current narrative for these neighborhoods in east and central Brooklyn. But what is not publicized is the multitude of talent, generosity, accomplishment, creativity and intelligence of so many of these residents. Artistic and culinary accolades are relegated to more affluent NYC zones. We need to create opportunity for everyone to shine and to change the narrative so children and families can pursue thriving, vibrant, productive futures. That is what this is about.. 



Food: $1500

Artists/chef/youth stipends: $1500

Greening $500

Supplies, art supplies, cooking supplies, aprons, t-shirts, publicity,  administrative: $2442.95

TOTAL RAISED = $6,085.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $92.55



Greening materials: $2,000

Stipends for artists: $1000

Fresh food: $1000

Promotion materials, supplies, administration: $2000

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


Thank you to everyone so far! Only $1320 needed - See our event so far!

Hi, everyone!

Thanks so much for donating. We are super grateful to be able to keep growing the Watkins Art Walk, all due to you.

Can you kindly share this fundraiser with anyone you know. If you want to go to Tastes of Bed-Stuy on April 29th, you can buy tickets by donating here and the amount doubles for us!

We only need $1320 more to reach our goal. 

Super thanks!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • PS 139 Market donates
  • Smoothie Bars
  • Dan kirtchuk
  • Market donations in cash
  • Farm Market Donations on April 20
  • Brownsville Farm Market April 18
  • Farm Stand Donations - April 8
  • Franklin Ave Fest donation
  • Leigha G.
  • Aidan C.
  • Laura S.
  • kelly h.
  • Lucia S.
  • Andrea D.
  • Nina A.
  • Seeds Farm Markets donations March 16-18
  • susan b.
  • Crown Hts Donation