July 16, 2012

The Art of FOOD






This summer 2012 join us as Open Road connects fresh local food from NYC community gardens and NY State farms with free food, skateboarding, and art programs.

Where: In Fort Green/Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, and in St. George and the North Shore of Staten Island.

What: Our programs take place after school, weekend, and summer, and use the resources available within schools and within the public feeding programs based in schools to serve the public.

How: Open Road Youth leaders are teaching peers, adults, and kids to plant, grow, harvest, prepare and cook their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. We're working with families to help them use SNAP benefits to purchase food growing plants in local farmers markets. This mutually supports the family, the farmers market host park, and the farmer. These plants are grown in community gardens located in school yards, rooftops and inside school buildings. This helps the school with summer care of the garden, and helps the family with a free place to grow food to harvest.

Why: Resources that already exist can be improved. Our Open Road Youth leaders are negotiating with public feeding sites (schools where free breakfast and lunch is served to anyone under 19). These negotiations aim to include more fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables in these free food programs in Fort Green/Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, and in St. George and the North Shore of Staten Island.

Our Open Road Youth leaders and Open Road adult staff are negotiating with and maintaining programs with School Food managers and cafeteria staff and the USDA. The aim of these relationships is the have the USDA buy additional quantities of the fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the school gardens, in amounts adequate to serve the entire feeding site.

July 1, 2012

June 11, 2012

Jobs available with Open Road

This summer 2012 our youth staff are creating art & videos about skate brand corporate structure and researching support vs. exploitation of urban, youth, and black culture.

This includes core brands like Alien Workshop and Krooked, as well as brands like Airwalk and Nike

http://www.unc.edu/~andrewsr/ints092/vandu.html

As of January 1, 2012 our organization declined any Nike donations or athletic sponsorships based on Nike's sweatshop practices internationally.

As of June 1, 2012 our organization will not accept Airwalk donations or athletic sponsorships.

May 31, 2012

Join us Sunday June 3 at Canarsie Skatepark for a skate jam with contests in between with KeithTooBlackTooBeWhite!

Join us Sunday June 3 at Canarsie Skatepark for a skate jam with contests in between with KeithTooBlackTooBeWhite!

March 1, 2012

Please welcome our new Flatbush Director Keith 2Black2BWhite

For Immediate Release:
February 29, 2012
For more information contact Paula Hewitt Amram openroadpark@gmail.com

Please welcome our Flatbush Director Keith 2Black2BWhite as he kicks off the End-of-Winter-that-Wasn’t contest series.

Join Keith at PS 206 this Sunday March 4th from 2 to 6pm

Keith is throwing each contest at a surprise new spot in Brooklyn each week. Come skate spots you never knew. The series is sponsored by NYC skaters and skater run companies: Homage, Banco Tendencies, Culture Skateboards, Jason Oliver Goodman, Open Road and Keith.

This Sunday March 4th at PS 206 the format will be best trick on (or off) the ledge. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.

To RSVP and for updates: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/137141079742091/
Address:
PS 206, Brooklyn
Joseph F Lamb School
2200 gravesend neck road,
Brooklyn NY

Open Road is a NYC based non-profit that advocates for public access to public places for everybody.

Keith 2Black2BWhite has been quietly holding down the NYC skate scene for years with his volunteering and raw hypeness at events. Finally given the chance to do something, he decided to put on his own events for the kids of Brooklyn because there aren’t many events in this borough.


January 30, 2012

Citywide Skatepark Map Featured Park: Rockaway

Click here to go to the Map. Photo: Yasmine Tucker

January 5, 2012

Today in Fort Greene

In the playground of PS 20 Arts + Letters in Fort Greene Brooklyn skateboarding, BMX, and basketball co-exist with kindergarten kids playing, unfenced, nearby.

An ollie over the gap contest that pitches the skateboarders right into the busy play equipment doesn't faze anyone. In fact the kids follow the skaters around, asking to borrow their boards. And when someone lands a trick they shout. Then they try it.

Tarela Kelvin Ebiotu, (above), a graduate of PS 20 and now a college student nearby, shows the kids how it's done. Thanks Tarel.