A Brooklyn Fellowship to Beautify Vacant Lots

As part of The Van Lier [re]Activate Fellowship the winners will earn a studio space in a 20-foot shipping container. (Photo by Ian Lyn Photography via Caribbean Life)

ARTs East New York is offering a $16,000 fellowship for young artists based in eastern Brooklyn as part of their ReNew Lots project to revitalize vacant lots in the area. Its program manager spoke to Caribbean Life’s Alexandra Simon about The Van Lier [re]Activate Fellowship.

“Our focus is on East New York and Brooklyn and to create art opportunities to improve economic opportunities in East New York, not only for artists specifically, but for families and people in general,” said Nick Savvides.


“A lot of the work relates to finding opportunities to take the space that’s been forgotten or dirty, and bringing attention to something that wasn’t there before,” he added.

This spring ReNew Lots is launching its program, which will help transform the spaces and will be used to house artist incubators and business spaces, according to Savvides.

In addition to the prize money, awardees will receive studio space in a renovated shipping container.

How will the applicants be judged? Find out more about the fellowship at Caribbean Life.

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