It's here! "Art Not Arrests," the fabulous installation proposed by local studio Ground Up Designers for the Crow Hill Community Garden this summer (the CHCA is supporting the project), launched their Kickstarter drive on Wednesday, and as of ILFA's modest donation, they're one-tenth of the way to their $4,500 goal. This fundraising push is for the initial materials, after which the project becomes a fundraiser for arts-based education to prevent violence and provide a positive outlet for local youth. I'm particularly in love with the creative-subversive use of those miserable plastic zip-tie handcuffs as creative, connective materials that community members can personalize as they weave them together, but there are a lot of great things about this project. For more information, watch the video or follow any of the links on the widget below, and get your donations in soon, because they're only running this campaign until February 10th!
In other, unrelated news, Zach Goelman over at Epichorus has some interesting thoughts on the sensationalist Gothamist piece about one Orthodox landlord's reaction to new arrivals, and Franklin Park, by way of the Reading Series, landed a mention in luxury-vacationing guide Conde Nast Traveler (someone's always discovering Crown Heights, though in this article, Franklin Park is lumped into Prospect Heights, which itself is the hip, young detour from a Park Slope literary tour).