Seeking Bed Stuy and/or Crown Heights residents and artists!
Nominate your community hero
In the midst of all that our neighborhoods are facing, struggling through and experiencing, there continues to be so many who continue to work to bless, serve, support and strengthen their community. The Friends of St Andrews Playground invites you to honor, highlight and recognize these Bed Stuy and Crown Heights neighbors by sharing their story as part of a community public art project.
Do you know a neighbor who has:
Helped uplift and maintain cultural expression in Bed Stuy and Crown Heights?
Gone unrecognized for helping support our most vulnerable community members?
Helped support long-term community members being able to remain in the neighborhood?
who is a young person that has stepped into a leadership position to support other young people in the community?
This person may be included in a public art project in St Andrews Playground.
We are seeking local photographers, storytellers, writers, and young people to collaborate on this project. Please note that proximity is a core value of this project, so storytellers who live, work, or have a relationship with the neighborhood will be prioritized. There will be a stipend for collaborators.
Artists (photographers and visual storytellers) We are seeking local artists from Bed Stuy and Crown Heights to make a portrait of each community hero. Artists will meet the community hero for a 1-2 hour storytelling session to take their portrait. For community heroes who have passed away, the artist will meet with that person’s friends and family to help curate a collage portrait made of old photos and ephemera.
Youth Writers (journalists and oral historians) We are seeking young people from Bed Stuy and Crown Heights to interview each community hero. Writers will meet the community hero for a 1-2 hour storytelling session to interview them. For community heroes who have passed away, the writer will meet with that person’s friends and family to learn about the person.
Please fill out this form to indicate how you would like to contribute. We will be in touch when there is an opportunity to work together!