for Afro-Punk Open Road camp before, during, and after the Afro-Punk FestivalOrganizing, Fact Finding, Generating Ideas, Creating a Program Design, Leading the Program
Assessment of community assets and needs. Assessment of Commodore Barry Park assets and needs.Broad outreach within the park, inside Farragut and Ingersoll Houses, PS 287, Khalil Gibran Academy, PS 261,PS 20, Academy of Arts and Letters, Parham Park.Focused outreach: approach people skateboarding, biking, and playing in the park and invite them to the teamForm the team of local youth participants in the pre-event camp, Afro-Punk, and in post event activitiesForm the team of local leaders of the pre-event camp, and all other activitiesDetermine people’s interests, skills, and roles in the programMake needed revisions in organizing plan and proceed to Fact Finding
Fact Finding and Generating Ideas
Learn about Farragut Houses and neighborhood present, past, and desires for future changes.Measure Commodore Barry Park and produce digital pix/maps of the festival area and the neighborhood.Interview neighbors, school principals, program leaders, and youth on improvements to Commodore BarryProvide Festival site layout, schedule, and plan to youth teamPlan program activities at festival together with the youth teamLead a full day design and outreach family festival at PS 20 on Afro-Punk festival and Commodore BarryLearn about PS 20 and produce maps of the Afro-Punk outreach/family festival area and the neighborhood.
Create a Program Design
With the youth team, create a program for 4 days before the Afro-Punk festival. Activities include; outreach,skateboarding that meets NY State Standards in Physical Education, biking, participating in baseball games atthe park, art, architecture, and mapping activities with children and teenagers within Commodore Barry.
Leading the Program
Local youth leaders of the pre-event camp, Afro-Punk youth programs, and post event activities at CommodoreBarry Park, PS 20, and the surrounding neighborhoods: Olu Wallace, Nikios Wallace, Steven Lora, MichaelRivas, Anthony Rodriguez, Taji Ameen, Dave Willis/BD, Kane Cameron, Mory Kamara, Stephan Martinez,Denzel France, Victor Thomas, Tarela Kelvin E, Wade Yates, Patrick Reid, Fiddy Brown, Joseph Delgado,Rodney Torres, Rob Campbell, Tim Rutgers, Keith White, Billy Rohan, Paula Hewitt Amram, Aswad Foster.A youth team and 5 adults led a program for the Afro-Punk festival’s 20,000+ attendees. All attendees wereinvited to participate in the Open Road at Afro-Punk youth program.At Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn we created a youth arts and skateboarding zone that was the center of youth activities during the three day long AfroPunk festival. 12 youth from our core team, 10 additional youthand 5 adults and seniors recruited directly from Commodore Barry Park in the months leading up the thefestival, all worked together on the festival overall, youth programs in particular and on environmentalimprovements to Commodore Barry Park.The Commodore Barry Park program during the festival had two key components. 1. A broad effort to providea rich attractive youth area, where graffiti arts, fiber art, doll making, martial arts and environmental studies areintegrated with skateboarding. The design of the “pop-up” youth space itself encouraged youth to interact witheach other and with people of all ages. 2. A focused curricula on Skateboarding.On the following page we describe how our Skateboarding Physical Education programs meet NY Statestandards. This is the model for our curricula in each of our core content area.