If you are an artist who cares about your neighborhood; a person or group dedicated to local stories and history; a public space that wants to build community…then the Community Heroes toolkit is for you! This new and free resource helps you to organize a public art project in your community. It is an opportunity to work with your neighbors to recognize and celebrate incredible people who have strengthened and supported your community. Come learn about it from the project co-founders and writers of the toolkit!
This Community Heroes project began as a collaboration in Fort Greene, Brooklyn in 2016. Since then, it has become an annual neighborhood staple in Fort Greene Park and Commodore Barry Park. The project has also been done in Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Red Hook and University Heights in the Bronx.
In response to many others asking to bring Community Heroes to their neighborhoods, we created a free project toolkit, so more people can create this project themselves!
The toolkit includes:
Jasmin Chang is a Taiwanese-American artist and organizer who grew up in California and has called New York City home since 2011. Her practice explores photography, storytelling and art-making as portals to connect people. She spearheaded Photoville’s education and community initiatives for its first ten years. She is a member of Friends of Commodore Barry Park and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy.
Activist, youth and community organizer, Zac Martin’s focus is working with, learning from, and advocating for Black and brown youth, public housing residents and the homeless in his community. Zac is also the pastor of justice and mercy at Recovery House of Worship in Downtown Brooklyn.
Community Heroes is a community organizing and public art project celebrating everyday heroes in New York City, neighborhood by neighborhood. Local community groups and local artists work together through community meetings, a nomination process, and storytelling sessions to produce a public art exhibition.
Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.
Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com
Trellis is a community development non-profit that helps neighborhoods address injustice together — creating and managing for collective impact, and building collaboration around common vision, shared resources, and purposeful action.