Public Art for "Little Syria"

$2,614 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 15 days
On Wednesday, January 25, the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City, through its "Percent for Art" program, is holding the final panel meeting to determine the winning proposal for public art commemorating the "Little Syria" neighborhood of Downtown Manhattan and its literary heritage of figures like Kahlil Gibran, Mikhail Naimy, Elia Abu Madi, 'Afifa Karam, and Ameen Rihani. The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is building a new 20,000 sq. ft. park in the historic neighborhood, Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza, and they have agreed to incorporate public artwork for the messages and themes of the influential writers and poets associated with this part of New York City.

Five accomplished international artists -- Mounir Fatmi, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, eL Seed, Huda AbiFares, and Sara Ouhaddou -- have created proposals to incorporate artwork into the park, and on Wednesday, January 25, they will present their proposals for 30 minutes each, followed by public questions and then a final vote by a panel of experts and city officials. The venue will be the Metropolitan College of New York at 60 West Street, where the "Little Syria" exhibition that just closed at Ellis Island is soon to be transferred.

Our local community nonprofit, the Washington Street Historical Society, has helped sponsor this competition, and we are responsible for some costs related to the final selection meeting, including the travel and accommodation for a panelist and participants, part of the artist proposal fees, food and drink at a reception afterwards, and other incidental costs. We also desire a camera crew to document this selection for posterity. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations toward this component will be listed with the full donations toward the effort once the artwork is complete and installed in 2018 or 2019.

We ask for your help to make this day a success, and we pray that the final artwork will be an inspiration.

--Todd Fine, Elizabeth Saylor, and Carl Antoun
President, Treasurer, and Collections Director, Washington Street Historical Society ( www.savewashingtonstreet.org)
toddfine@savewashingtonstreet.org / +1 857-234-0920

"When you work you fulfill a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born." --Kahlil Gibran

P.S. Here is an article about the project:  http://gothamist.com/2016/08/05/little_syria_nyc.php
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Update 2
Posted by Todd Fine
13 days ago
We would like to thank everyone who has donated! In just one day, we have already met over half of our original goal! Because of the effectiveness of this campaign so far, we have increased our goal to help support another important aspect: video documentation. We have been filming important stages of the artist selection process so far, and we hope that when the artwork is complete and unveiled we can show everyone our efforts and struggles through a video. One of our board members, Bob Madey, the grandson of esteemed poet Elia Abu Madi, is a filmmaker who has been organizing this filming, and donations will also make sure that he can secure a proper camera crew and audio for the selection meeting.
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Posted by Todd Fine
14 days ago
Hello friends, I need your help. Over the past six years, I have been working to persuade New York City to install public artwork for writers like Ameen Rihani and Kahlil Gibran in Downtown Manhattan. Now this is finally happening in a new park that is being built, and the long process is entering a new phase with the artist competition on Wednesday, January 25. There are some incidental costs related to the final panel session that we need to raise (food and travel mostly), and we have put together this 'gofundme' campaign to secure them. Please consider donating or sharing this campaign on Facebook or Twitter. I promise that all donations here (which are tax-deductible) will be listed with the full tally toward the effort once the artwork is completed in 2018 or 2019.
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$2,614 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 15 days
Created January 8, 2017
AH
$50
Aileen Hanel
3 days ago
JN
$250
John Nackley
4 days ago

Congratulations to your group! My grandfathers and grandmothers were among those millions of immigrants whose feet first touched ground the ground of America in little Syria. Those first steps started the journey of their lives providing me with the opportunity to acknowledge your work now. Thank you, little Syria and your hard working group. I look forward to viewing the art work there some day. J.N.

RD
$50
Renda Dabit
6 days ago
$100
Lydia Gordon
6 days ago

Happy to make a donation and look forward to seeing the exhibit on 1/25/17.

RH
$25
Raif Hijab
8 days ago
BG
$200
Bob Goodhouse
9 days ago
$20
Anonymous
9 days ago
RT
$100
Raja Tannous
9 days ago

My best wishes to you on this great endeavor!

PP
$75
Polly and Robbie Pennoyer
11 days ago
SK
$50
Salima Keegan
11 days ago

Please accept this donation on behalf of the Afifa Karam family. Best wishes, Salima Shaya Keegan and Meagan Salima Keegan

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