Kevin, Jillian and Vida Collaboration with the Gibb Mansion Our Strengths Kevin - Silk Screen, relief, intaglio, printing, wheel throwing, drawing, painting, watercolor, ceramic construction, basic glaze formulation Photoshop CS4, Premier/Final Cut video editing Jillian- Making plans/organizing ideas, resourceful with materials, knowledge of different art mediums, and setting up situations where people are able to teach themselves. Metal Work, Jewelry Making Vida – free lance designer, director of a short play, writer (playwright), crafty, creator and leader of community art projects at Project Cope for individuals that are economic and mentally and/or physically challe nged
The Gibb Mansion, is Pratt Area Community Council’s (PACC) first supportive housing project. PACC was founded in 1964 by the North Brooklyn communities of Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Fort Green and the Wallabout Community.
The Pratt Area Community Council mission is to provide a support system by using the diversity of North and Central Brooklyn to address, develop and sustain housing and local businesses. PACC also uses a holistic approach to assist Brooklynites to live independently by providing workshops and a network of information.
The Gibb Mansion is a full facility that provides housing and social services to people of need, most of whom have chronic illnesses. HIV/AIDS Services Administration’s (H.A.S.A) provides the funding for the fifty residents that have HIV. They do not provide support for the 21 residents that are not infected with HIV.
The HIV/AIDS Services Administration’s (HASA) focus is expedite access to essential benefits and social services for persons living with AIDS or clinical symptomatic HIV illness and their families.HASA works closely with communities to make sure that their clients are accommodated with housing, health care and living expenses needed to live comfortably .
PACC took it upon themselves to support the rest of their 21 residents that are in need of low income housing. This demonstrates how PACC social services are empowered by their passion and commitment to equally attend to all of their 71 residents
This is very interesting, because rather than just worry about the HIV residents being discriminated, there is also concern of residents that do not have the chronic illness may face discrimination as well. This is definitely something to be reflective about and grow from.
Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford-Stuyvesant (CIBS) and the Gibb Mansion are working together to implement an initiative to improve Bedford-Stuyvesant’s short and long term goals; from helping house owners that are temporarily in need of intervention to making Bedford Stuyvesant a model for how to green urban neighborhoods.
In 2008 it was announced that homeless from Manhattan's shelters would be transplanted into a few of Brooklyn's-the Atlantic Ave Armory in Crown Heights would carry the weight and the rest would flow over to the Sumner Ave Armory-the Pamoja House. Once again the community was dismayed by the inevitable increase of homeless in the area. The community has been against the homeless shelter in Bed-Stuyvesant since the 1980s when it was first used as a shelter. Sumner Avenue Armory Pamoja House
As well as eviction; doubled-up or severely overcrowded housing; domestic violence; and hazardous housing conditions. By Gibb Mansion and CIBS working together helps to limit these ongoing issues in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Number One Cause of Homelessness is a Lack of Affordable Housing
The grounds of the Gibb Mansion are very pristine and well maintained. The interior is also aesthetically pleasing with a soft yellow palette on the walls and thoughtful details such as crown moldings and sconces. Lighting also added warmth to the environment –in short it was much better that we expected.
The director of the Gibbs Mansion’s social services, Nicole Gilbert makes sure everything is operating consistently; such as the administrative, funding and maintenance departments.
Bedford Stuyvesant does not have a thriving socio-economic community as of yet
Bedford Stuyvesant’s Statistical Demographics and Weaknesses
It is not surprising that former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal earlier displacement of African-Americans and low-income minorities in areas such as Brooklyn still places these groups within a negative socio-economic disposition today. Even worse is that the negative impact of the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation (H.O.L.C) zoning of Brooklyn is perpetual, as it has not only heightened discriminative housing issues, but also increased the lack of funds and loans for educational and health institutions. These and many other issues offset African-Americans to being more susceptible to diseases, such as HIV infection and full blown AIDs. These high rates are within North and Central Brooklyn as these were the areas hit hard by the H.O.L.C’s bias zoning in 1933. North and Central Brooklyn have a fifty percent higher rate of HIV /AIDS infection than their counterpart South Brooklyn. The highest incidence is in the Bedford Stuyvesant-Crown Heights area.
Two charts displays the HIV/AIDS Statistics of North and Central Brooklyn in contrast to South Brooklyn
One great fact about the Gibbs mansion is that it is a site, a location, landmark within Brooklyn that not only has present day meaning for being a public service facility, but also historic value as well; this also parallels with Pratt Institute as it is has a historic value and is an institution to serve, enlighten and engage.
Due to chronic illnesses as well as other health related issues such as but not limited to drug addictions there is more sensitivity and safety concerns. Example :residents have already exhibited unpredictable and erratic behavior.
Crack house is in very close proximity to the Gibb Mansion which is not good for the residents who have drug problems. It is also a threat to the Bedford Stuyvesant community.
Challenge of keeping the residents alive and healthy is a constant variable which makes their objective different than ours. They are in constant need of medicine, physician monitoring and the dependency on others until they are hopefully able to move on and live independently.