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The Bed Stuy Patch- Mario Andres Robinson Brings Agape to Bed-Stuy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
On Sunday, February 17, Restoration Plaza’s Skylight Gallery debuted the masterful works of Mario Andres Robinson.The exhibit is entitled “Agape,” which in Christian theology means the love of God for humankind. This love for humanity is shown throughout Robinson’s work in his use of Realism in painting intimate and powerful portraits, close-ups of people in here to read more from Bed Stuy Patch!

Bed Stuy Patch- Stepping Out On A Dream

Saturday, January 26, 2013
On January 19, 2013, I had the pleasure of photographing hope, justice, remembrance and love through the talent of youth. The Restoration Dance Theatre Company celebrated their Sweet Sixteen through a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Kumble Theater. Under the artistic direction of Karen Thornton-Daniels and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Youth Arts Academy (YAA) staff, the youth exemplified the meaning of “the dream” by capturing the rich history of dance through...

Legal workshops at Restoration

Friday, January 25, 2013
Restoration partners with Bedford Stuyvesant Legal Services (BSLS) through our Single Stop program to provide on-one-one legal counseling and workshops, equipping individuals with legal advice and representation on legal matters. Starting this month, representatives from Bedford Stuyvesant Legal Services (BSLS) will host a series of legal workshops monthly at Restoration. Topics will include Landlord/Tenant; Immigration; Social Security; Parental Rights; Public Benefits; Tax Payer services;...

Financing College Education

Friday, January 25, 2013
As we prepare for this year's tax season, many families and high school seniors ready for college will be receiving assistance with completing their Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) applications. Completing the Federal Student Aid form has proven to be an arduous and vital task for many families of prospective college students. On January 23, 2013 from 6-9pm, Restoration, in conjunction with New York Cares, hosted a free FAFSA Completion Workshop to help with this essential step in the process...

The Bed Stuy Patch- From Sotheby's to the Skylight with Mario Andres Robinson

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Today, I stepped away from my normal administrative meetings to sit down with cultural activist Jacqui Woods, artist Che Baraka, and curator Cheryl Williams. They introduced me to Mario Robinson, an amazing portrait artist whose drawings reminded me of the 19th and early 20th century works that I might see in the Metropolitan Museum, only with more black faces. Having lived in metropolitan cities, I loved the quick glimpses of the faces and places in his paintings which captured more rural...

National Television Debut of Soul Food Junkies followed by Twitter chat!

Monday, January 14, 2013
Highly acclaimed documentary 'Soul Food Junkies' will be nationally televised tonight at 10 p.m. ET on PBS' Award winning series Independent Lens. We encourage you to watch, and following the documentary, join a live Twitter discussion with Marc Lamont Hill (HuffPOst Live), Sticman (Dead Prez) and Dr. Aletha Maybank (Brooklyn district public health office). Use Hashtag #soulfoodjunkies to join in.

Start 2013 with a Lifelong Connection with Restoration…It Brings Results!

Thursday, January 10, 2013
We met Corey Blaylock when he participated in Restoration's NYC Justice Corps in 2008. A pilot program funded and supported by the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the NYC Justice Corps was a 6 month intensive program which served formerly incarcerated young adults between the ages 18-24 with job readiness training, community service projects, internships, and employment opportunities. After graduating from the program, Corey applied for public...

Bed Stuy Patch- Nia: Tywan Anthony

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Nia [NEE ya] is the fifth day of Kwanzaa. In the Nguzo Saba (seven principles), Nia means “Purpose:” to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community and to restore our people to our traditional greatness. Tywan Anthony is an example of someone who has clearly defined his purpose— one rooted in community development and economic empowerment. Tywan Anthony was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant in a very hard-working close-knit family.

Bed Stuy Gets Cool

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Next summer, Bed Stuy residents will notice a positive change in how their homes stay “cool.” In partnership with the Cool Roofs Initiative, RETROFIT Bed Stuy was able to offer local residents free materials. The result of this partnership will be a decrease in Bedford Stuyvesant’s carbon emissions by 12 tons! By painting their roofs with a highly reflective coating, homeowners are able to increase the comfort of their homes during warm-weather months, decrease their...

LISC NYC Big Apple Innovation Awards

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
On January 16th, Restoration's President Colvin Grannum will receive the Leah Schneider Lifetime Achievement Award at the LISC NYC Big Apple Innovation Awards. The Big Apple Innovation Awards highlight the innovative contributions of organizations and individuals to revitalizing low-income communities. Event proceeds will support LISC's mission. Click here to download the flyer!

Keeping Focus Leads to Real Result

Friday, December 14, 2012
On November 18, 2012, Simone Colbert came to visit Restoration for the first time with a number of items she wanted to work on. She was interested in a benefits screening, wanted to apply for Child Care and Food Stamps, and was looking for work. On her first visit with our case manager Ms. Iris Blackman, Ms. Colbert came fully prepared and brought all of the necessary documentation to process her application in no time at all.This allowed her to enroll in Food Stamps and also receive the Child...

Right Help Is Here

Friday, December 14, 2012
Danielle Durham joined Restoration on August 18, 2012. She was visiting us because she was in need of Food Stamps, Housing, Health Insurance, and Employment. Ms. Durham enrolled in Food Stamps right away and signed up for Financial Counseling. She was also interested in finding proper Housing and our case manager assisted her with applications. Ms. Durham took things serious and followed our case manager’s advice to a tee. This kept the momentum going and took some of the Ms. Durham's...

We all want the same things, don't we?

Thursday, December 13, 2012
On Saturday, hundreds of children and their families descended on our doors. When you walked inside, you were overtaken by the sight of little people brimming with excitement getting their faces painted, posing for photos, captivated by performances, and opening a goodie bag. On the stage that once held greats like Samuel Jackson and Ruby Dee, children were the main attraction thrilling audiences with vocal, violin and dance performances while dedicated parents and instructors looked on.

Active Design Workshop Makes for a Healthier Community

Friday, October 19, 2012
On September 25th, 2012, the Community Transformation Grant at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene hosted an Active Design workshop. The term Active Designs applies to making places and spaces more hospitable to physical activity and healthy living. It is a means to "make the healthy choice the easy choice." By implementing small or large scale improvements that encourage activity in the physical spaces people frequent, we increase...

Bed Stuy Patch- CIBS Appoints Tamecca Tillard as New Managing Director

Monday, October 15, 2012
The Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford-Stuyvesant on Friday named Bed-Stuy resident Tamecca Tillard as the organization's new managing director. Tillard comes to CIBS from Element 9, a MWBE strategy firm specializing in civic innovations.As the founder and general Manager of Element 9, Mrs.

Second Annual Bedford-Stuyvesant Food and Family Day

Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Second Annual Bedford-Stuyvesant Food and Family Day, held on Saturday, October 13th at Restoration Plaza, sponsored by the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant and the Brooklyn Community Foundation was a free hands-on all ages event and resource fair and included topics on: How To Eat And Cook Healthy On A Family Budget; A Tour Of Local Farmers’ Markets And Green Grocers; Basic Gardening And Composting Tips; How To Become A Bed-Stuy Healthy Food Advocate; How To Cook...

Centrictv: CULTURELIST// MC Lyte, Brand Nubian & More Rocked The Mic At The 6th Annual Restoration Rocks! Music Festival

Thursday, October 11, 2012
It might have been a cool day in October but MC Lyte, Brand Nubian, jessica Care Moore, Martin Luther, Maimouna Youssef and special guests from Black Women Rock! were on-hand to heat up the stage at here to watch the video at CentricTV! 

Bed Stuy Patch- VIDEO: Restoration Rocked!

Sunday, October 7, 2012
The 6th Annual Restoration Rocks Music Festival kicked off on Saturday to a packed crowd eager to celebrate the economic and cultural vibrancy of Bed-Stuy. The free day-long concert featured some of the most dynamic emerging and established artists on one stage, including Maimouna Youssef, Martin Luther, jessica Care moore with Special Guest from Black Women Rock, Brand Nubian and MC Lyte. This year's hosts were Tai Allen of ViceLounge and Dr. Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Assistant...

Bed Stuy Patch- jessica Care moore to Perform at 6th Annual Restoration Rocks Concert

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Poet, playwright, actor and activist jessica Care moore may have left Brooklyn 12 years ago, but her thumbprint on the borough remains firmly embedded. Moore moved from her hometown of Detroit to Brooklyn in the mid-90s and soon after began working as a journalist at the Daily Challenge, when the newspaper's home office was still at Restoration Plaza. jessica Care moore is a wordsmith, loves to tell stories and loves the stage.

Centrictv-May 19, 2012 EVENT// MC Lyte, Brand Nubian, Jessica Care Moore & More Gear Up For The 2012 Restoration Rocks Music Festival

Thursday, October 4, 2012
MC Lyte, Brand Nubian, Maimouna Youssef, Martin Luther, jessica Care moore featuring Stefanie Christi’an and special guests from Black Women Rock! are set to storm the the stage on Saturday, October 6th for the 2012 Restoration Rocks Music Festival. Entering its sixth year, Restoration Rocks is a FREE day-long music concert featuring some of the most dynamic emerging and established artists performing on the Brooklyn stage in celebration of the history, culture and commerce of the...