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News From The Acres Vol 2 Issue 39

November 01, 2012

Cleaning up...


We hope this message finds you well. Our hearts go out to our friends in Rockaway and around the city and hope that recovery is safe. Please let us know how we can help and support you.

We are happy to hear that the Acres sites in Brooklyn are doing fine - just a bit shaken and messy! Look below for opportunities to help clean up the sites, under News from the Organizing Acres. 

Our most recent batch of signs even weathered the storm on high ground. Unfortunately, our friends at Build It Green in Gowanus, where we make our signs and get our materials from, where hit hard. They are cleaning their flooded warehouse today and would love some help (Thurs. Nov 1) from 11am to 4pm at 69 9th Street in Brooklyn. It is important to wear work boots and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.   

Before the storm hit, we added a new
 Frequently Asked Question, with an answer:
Question: "I'm looking for a place to put my temporary art installation/theater piece/sculpture/etc. Can you help me find a vacant lot to put it into?"
Answer: Art is an important part of each 596 Acres community. As each site is self-managed by neighbors, each group makes its own decisions about how to integrate temporary projects and other artisitic ventures. Feel free to reach out to folks in the 596 Acres network who already have access to public land (pink dots on the map) or private land (blue dots on the map). If you have an idea for a project that you have the resources to manage (like a mural) and are looking for a community that will welcome it, send a note to explaining your project and the resources you have to complete it. We'd be happy to share that with all the organizers on our network.

596 Acres is making a new poster for the Bronx this Fall!!!  We're looking for a designer to design the map (which will be printed in English & Spanish with our organizing guide on the back). We will pay an honorarium of $100 and this is a chance to see something you made up on fences all over the Bronx. Designs will be completed by December 15. Please submit three samples of relevant work and a short statement about your connection to the Bronx to by 11:59p.m. on FRIDAY, November 16, 2012 to We'll get back to you within the week. 

TALKING AND LISTENING HELP WANTED:  Seeking a Journalism Student to Do Some Structured Reporting About 596 Acres Sites
596 Acres engages with all sorts of communities all over the city. We are looking for help telling the story of our advocacy support from the communitiies' perspectives. We would like to partner with a jounalism student who can make a 6-12 month commitment to doing a set of structured interviews with the folks that we work with. We will publish your work on our website (occasionally with a by line if you like) and use it in our press releases and reporting materials. You will be contacting groups that engage with the 596 Acres team 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and one year after their engagement begins. We'll work together to develop a protocol. To apply, send a sample of your work, a cover letter, and a short story about small scale change to by 11:59pm on Saturday, November 4, 2012. 

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn - Come out for a workday at Patchen Community Square, corner of Patchen & Putnam, on Saturday, November 3 from 10:30am to 3pm to finish storm clean up and help pour footings for a shed. They need all the hands they can get!

Bed Stuy Brooklyn - 462 Halsey Community Gardens is having a post-Sandy clean up on Sunday, 11am-3pm. They could use some hands. 

Gowanus, Brooklyn - A Small Green Patch is having a clean up day on Saturday during the day. Help there would also be appreciated. The photo above is of Feedback Farm's installation at this community site.

Flatbush, Brooklyn -  There is a new project budding on Church Ave, on some MTA property. An orgnanizer has already been in touch with MTA and they are negotiating access. if you live nearby and are interested in getting involved get in touch!

Wallabout Village, North Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Community Composting continues this Sunday and every Sunday 10:30am - 12:30pm. 636 Myrtle Ave. 


This section of our newsletter highlights grant opportunities that may apply to your group's project. See a money opportunity you wanna share? Email it to Drew Tucker (

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Community Garden Grants: Ten applicants will receive $5,000 in cash and tools for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration, and healthy, sustainable food sources; and one applicant will receive a complete garden makeover. Nonprofit organizations in the US are eligible to apply. (DUE December 15, 2012).

Citizens Committee for New York City Community Grant is $500 to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them in primarily low-income neighborhoods. (DUE January 31, 2012). 

Don't forget about The Awesome Foundation NYC ($1000 grant made every month; rolling deadline)!

***Note that many grants require 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor. If your group or organization doesn't have 501(c)(3) status, is a great local option for fiscal sponsorship.

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