Saturday, August 1, 2020

Open Call: Queens Artists for Stopgap Ramps

Open Call: Artists for Stopgap Ramps

We are the Ramp Project Queens! Our aim is to improve access for inclusive community with colorful iconic ramps. We look for artists in Queens to design/paint/draw to the ramps.
Due to COVID19, we postpone our schedule again.

Eligible:  Professional artist who live in Queens. 
And has experience of caring child, senior and/or challenged people. 

Your proposal should have: 

Your name, or your group name
Your website/SNS account name
Sketch design, or/and painting images to ramp. 

Proposals are due: Augut 23 at 11:59pm, 2020. Please email your proposals to 

therampprojectnyc@gmail.com


We are planning to decorate six ramps at four sites below. Please see attached photographs for each business. Please pick one site for your design.
Beer Garden Convenience Store,        37-07 30th Ave
Golden House Chinese Restaurant,     35-12 30th Ave
Kiddy Kutz Children’s Salon,   22-77 Steinway 
Wine Art & Liquor,                  37-16 Astoria Blvd (They prefer red based design for the ramp)



Selected artists will paint/draw the ramp during August- September. As specific dates are TBA, we will match you to an available date. 

Each participating artist will be awarded $200 for the participation. Painting materials will be provided, list the materials in the proposal (paints, sprays, etc). Each artist will work on ramp in front of the store. Our team member(s) will help the artist at each site during artist work on. 

To aid you in brainstorming and proposing applicable concepts, please take a look at our previous activities at:
                                           
The surface of ramp is very rough for non-slip, so very detailed design would be difficult to draw/paint. 
Please consider working day will be one-two days for one ramp. One-two staffs will be there to help artist to paint the ramp in front of each store. We will provide paints, brushes, bucket, tarp, groves, sprays, parasol for shade, etc.

Please feel free to email us with any questions at therampprojectnyc@gmail.com



We look forward to hearing from you!
Ramp Project Queens Team
              
This project is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Lots of thanks for
StopGap Foundation 
 Queens Council on the Arts





Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Postponed our Ramp Project schedule

Since NYC moved to Phase 4, we decided to carry the Ramp Project as an outdoor event. However, according to the details released in NYS website, medical-grade masks are required to staffs. 
It must be dangerous that we work on painting the ramps with putting on N95 under this hot weather (85 degrees or more). 
We decided to postpone Ramp Project until the outside air falls below 80.
We assume that the project can be restarted around the end of August to September.

Thanks for your patience.

Ramp Project Queens team



This project is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Open Call: Artists for Stopgap Ramps

Open Call: Artists for Stopgap Ramps

We are the Ramp Project Queens! Our aim is to improve access for inclusive community with colorful iconic ramps. We look for artists in Queens to design/paint/draw to the ramps.


Eligible:  Professional artist who live in Queens. 
And has experience of caring child, senior and/or challenged people. 

Your proposal should have: 

Your name, or your group name
Your website/SNS account name
Sketch design, or/and painting images to ramp. 

Proposals are due: July 20 at 11:59pm, 2020. Please email your proposals to 

therampprojectnyc@gmail.com


We are planning to decorate six ramps at six sites below. Please see attached photographs for each business. Please pick one site for your design.
Beer Garden Convenience Store,        37-07 30th Ave
Golden House Chinese Restaurant,     35-12 30th Ave
Kiddy Kutz Children’s Salon,   22-77 Steinway 
Salumeria Antichi Sapori,       28-13 Astoria Blvd
Tufino Pizza,                          36-08 Ditmars Blvd
Wine Art & Liquor,                  37-16 Astoria Blvd



Selected artists will paint/draw the ramp during July – August. As specific dates are TBA, we will match you to an available date. 

Each participating artist will be awarded $200 for the participation. Painting materials will be provided, list the materials in the proposal (paints, sprays, etc). Each artist will work on ramp in front of the store. Our team member(s) will help the artist at each site during artist work on. 

To aid you in brainstorming and proposing applicable concepts, please take a look at our previous activities at:
                                           
The surface of ramp is very rough for non-slip, so very detailed design would be difficult to draw/paint. 
Please consider working day will be one-two days for one ramp. One-two staffs will be there to help artist to paint the ramp in front of each store. We will provide paints, brushes, bucket, tarp, groves, sprays, parasol for shade, etc.

Please feel free to email us with any questions at therampprojectnyc@gmail.com



We look forward to hearing from you!
Ramp Project Queens Team
              
This project is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



Lots of thanks for

StopGap Foundation 
 Queens Council on the Arts



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

We got a 2020 Queens Arts Fund - Arts Access Grant!


Hi!
We are happy to inform you that we got a 2020 Queens Arts Fund - Arts Access Grant!

We will be able to check conditions of ramps used after one year, repair and reuse them to our Queens community!

On our original schedule, we would have had an open call for local artists to paint/desgin for the ramps in March.

However, due to Novel Corona virus outbreak, we postponed the schedule and will see what will go on to Queens community. Because our most participating businesses are cafes and restaurants, they are deeply affected by the outbreak. We hope we will start this year's activity in May.

Please stay in tune for more information.


We are still looking for more funding to making new custom ramps in Hells Kitchen in Manhattan  for 2021-2022 year.



Lots of thanks for

StopGap Foundation 

 Queens Council on the Arts

Monday, October 7, 2019

Ramp Request Form

Hello, we are Ramp Project NYC.

Our 2018-2019 ramp project has successfully concluded.
If you would like a free, custom-made, portable ramp from us, please fill out the request form below.
IF WE RECEIVE ADDITIONAL FUNDING IN THE FUTURE, WE WILL CONTACT YOU IN ORDER OF SUBMISSION TO BEGIN THE PROCESS.


Form is HERE.

Looking forward to hear from you!

Ramp Project Team


Monday, July 1, 2019

The final day of the pilot project

We appreciate amazing relationship with Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School. We visited the last day of the high school, met and reported to volunteer students, Mr. Richard Singuler, Mr. Larry Gabbard, and Mr. Kelly Paul that all businesses that got the ramps were very pleased and they set the ramps every day
The school had a very lively atmosphere of proudly graduated students. The volunteer students and teachers were very happy to see the documentary photo works of the Ramp Project. 
The best thing to us was that Mr. Richard Singuler and Mr. Kelly Paul told us they would love to continue the Ramp Project for the next school season!

Our first pilot program of Ramp Project NYC is now closed. We will be working to fund for next Ramp Project with using the valuable experiences of pilot project.




*Our Community Ramp Project, in partnership with
the 
StopGap Foundation and the Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School, is funded by Citizens Committee for New York Citywith donations from Home Depot, LeNoble Lumber, and Behr Paints. We aim to alleviate physical barriers caused by single stepped storefronts in Astoria/LIC by providing participating businesses with a FREE colorful and deployable access ramp to eliminate barriers and create inclusive spaces we can all live, work, and play in. 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

All the Ramps were delivered

All of the ramps were delivered!
(We needed to make a few special adjustments to several ramps post-paint day in cases where the door opened outwards, or where the shop shutter gate narrowed the storefront’s opening. Special thanks to Yuki and Rica for their woodworking expertise!).
Our volunteers worked hard and the 2018-2019 phase of the project has now come to a close. We will make a short documentary video of the process and return for FY2020, hopefully securing additional funding and more businesses that want to become accessible for another round! 

Please stop by these businesses in Astoria, and share your thoughts with them and us.

Beer Garden Convenience Store, 37-07 30th Ave
Dutch Kills Centraal, 38-40 29thStreet
Golden House Chinese Restaurant, 35-12 30th Ave
Kiddy Kutz, 22-77 Steinway Street
Samumeria Antichi Sapori, 28-13 Astoria Blvd 
Tu Casa Restaurant, 30-10 Steinway Street
Tufino pizza 36-08 Ditmars Blvd
Wine Art, 37-16 Astoria Blvd South





*Our Community Ramp Project, in partnership with
the 
StopGap Foundation and the Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School, is funded by Citizens Committee for New York Citywith donations from Home Depot, LeNoble Lumber, and Behr Paints. We aim to alleviate physical barriers caused by single stepped storefronts in Astoria/LIC by providing participating businesses with a FREE colorful and deployable access ramp to eliminate barriers and create inclusive spaces we can all live, work, and play in.