Arts for Public Safety: The 100 Gates Project
Lucky Jack’s, New York,
Event Type: Conference
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Security gates are a necessary evil in New York City. They provide vital protection for businesses against vandalism and theft, but they can also deter foot traffic, impose a sense of danger, and detract from the overall vibrancy of neighborhood street life.
Since 2014, the 100 Gates Project at the Lower East Side Partnership has been working to transform roll-down security gates into original, engaging works of art. The project has connected artists to merchants to collaborate on original murals installed 100 security gates in the Lower East Side. The gates not only beautify the neighborhood, they also reflect the stores’ identity and promote the work of local artists.
Learn about this unique collaboration by coming to a tet-a-tet between Natalie Raben from the Lower East Side Partnership, and two participating artists, Gemma Gene and Kim Sillen. The three will discuss the impacts of this project, the successes and challenges of rolling out an effort at this scale, and the program’s future expansion into East Harlem and Staten Island.
Thanks to Lucky Jack’s for offering $2 off drinks for all attendees!
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