If you live in East New York, now’s your time to represent. ARTs East New York is launching a new website poised as the virtual epicenter of the neighborhood, and they want your contributions. From drawings to photographs to short stories to poetry, this nonprofit arts organization wants to show off the talent and character of the East New York community online in order to reach a wider audience. The only requirement for submissions is that they convey a positive message.
What is ARTs East New York? Created in 2009 by Catherine Green, the organization’s mission is to provide affordable access to high quality artistic programming for East New Yorkers. Their website says, “We use the arts as a tool to affect the socio-economic challenges facing our neighborhood.” According to the New York Daily News article introducing Catherine and her partner Raphael Niles of Masai Marketing, the website is designed to reach out and bring more people into East New York, especially into the small businesses in the area that are suffering economically. The neighborhood has long been stigmatized by violence, but Green and Niles want to correct that negative image by promoting the rich social and cultural nature of East New York.
This web-based outreach effort is an extension of the already established ARTs East New York gallery, which features local artists and cultural events as well as a wide variety of educational opportunities. Classes are available for children and adults in areas such as ballet, modern, Hip Hop, and African dance, sculpture, yoga, and even financial literacy. True to their mission, the classes are extremely affordable, with some as low as $5 per session. ARTs East New York also helps generate community bonding through a yearly public Christmas tree lighting at New Lots Triangle Plaza.
If you want to be a part of ARTs East New York community-centered activities, why not start by submitting a piece of positive artwork to their website? Otherwise, contact them for more information on how you can participate through their offerings in dance, music, film/video, fashion, visual/fine arts, theatre, and poetry.