Peace wins: Progress High School’s winning window for Kingdom of Toys

The Grand Street BID’s 4th Annual Winter Window Competition had a very holiday hopeful ending.

Anthony Phan, owner of Kingdom of Toys (547 Grand Street) won again for the third time (he won the first year and in 2015) via a window whose message was peace created by Progress High School’s art students.

Anthony Phan (owner of Kingdom of Toys) holds the right side of his prize check,  with Daisey Schiff (Progress High School art teacher) holds left edge of prize check,  Damon Wiggins (Progress High School art teacher) stands back row center, and on the far right is Artineh Havan (Grand Street BID Executive Director), with the Progress High School art students: Angel Polanco, Maite Reales, Donovan DeLeon, Jose DeJesus, and Raekwon Lopez.

Progress High School had an additional success story, as they had two victories in this year’s competition. Their town clock theme with the message “Find Peace in Time Before Things Fall to Pieces” made for a winning window at Kingdom of Toys. Then their window for Empire Lock (648 Grand Street ) — communicating themes of unity, acceptance, and equality — came in at a very close second place, losing by only three votes!

Damon Wiggins and Daisey Schiff, Progress High School art teachers, oversaw the work on both windows and the owners of both businesses were very pleased with the result at the start. When the competition was ongoing, Aura I Am (the owner of Empire Lock), said she was delighted by her window and that she was amazed how many people came in off the street to say to comment on her window’s originality and powerful positive message.

This year, in addition to the participation of high school arts students, professional local artists also were in the game.  This brainchild of Grand Street BID’s Executive Director Artineh Havan is a great way to draw the Williamsburg community to local businesses. So it’s a win-win all around. Speaking of prizes, the winning business gets a check for $300, the winning window designer received $150, and one lucky voter received $100.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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