Mar 11, 2010

Call for a LOGO to "Save Our Streets"

Save Our Streets Crown Heights
(S.O.S. Crown Heights)
Stop Shooting. Start Living.

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is asking artists to assist us in the creation of a unique logo that represents our newest anti-violence initiative, Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S. Crown Heights). Use of the logo will be widespread; it will appear on the program materials such as stationery, brochures, hats, jackets, t-shirts, signs and posters that are part of public education campaigns. The logo will also appear on billboards, videos and the internet. Additional requests for design submissions are forthcoming in an effort to create a public education campaign emphasizing the strong message that shooting and killing are not acceptable in Crown Heights.

S.O.S. Crown Heights is a community effort to end gun violence in our neighborhood. The program staff, hired due to their street credibility and the positive transformation they have made in their own lives, work with individuals who are the most likely to get shot or shoot other people. S.O.S. Crown Heights staff members provide immediate intervention whenever a shooting occurs in the neighborhood by reaching out to the victim, friends, and family and working to ensure that a retaliatory shooting does not take place. S.O.S. Crown Heights also works closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence. Poster campaigns and billboards will be widely promoted with the basic message, “Stop Shooting People.” The goal is to end the spread of violence by encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior in our community.

*The ideal design will appeal to a broad group of Crown Heights residents including individuals affiliated with gangs, faith-based leaders, seniors, and young people.
Lettering should be clear and legible.
*If you choose to use colors, they can be black and orange or black, white and orange.
*The logo needs to be clear in black and white as well as in color since many times we will not have access to a color printer.
*The design should look good both on extra large t-shirt sizes and on small caps.
*We are unable to use symbols that are associated with local gangs.
*Do not use the image of a gun.
*Please incorporate our slogan, “Stop Shooting. Start Living.” into your overall design.

For information on submission guidelines, check out the Crown Heights Community Mediation blog here.