Jasmin Chang
Jasmin Chang
Yusuf Ahmed
Yuvraj Khanna Shneaqua


Artists: Yusuf Ahmed, Taz Drums, Abigail Ekue, Vaughn Jefferson, Yuvraj Khanna, Elton Leonard, Jendayi McGeachy, Anjelic Owens, Luis Santana, Alassane Sy, Marienne Thomas, Zakiyyah Woods

Youth Writers: Sashana Kinghorn Bodley, Rayan Maad, Aniya Maldonado, Denaesja Mcneil, Shaniya Purvis, Tigerlily Theo Hopson

Community Heroes is a community organizing and public art project celebrating the everyday heroes of our neighborhoods.

Local artists, youth, and community members come together to celebrate those dedicated to strengthening and supporting Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, focusing on long-term historic residents.

You are invited to nominate your neighborhood hero or collaborate as a storyteller.

Artist Marienne Thomas (artistically known as Yen) has created paintings to accompany this exhibition. Her work reflects our intergenerational heroes through the lens of everyday and secret heroes.

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  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

  • Trellis


    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.

Community Heroes: Bedford-Stuyvesant And Crown Heights

 archive : 2021

Featuring: Various Artists

Presented by: Photoville, Trellis
  • Photoville
  • Trellis

Supported by:

  • Partnerships For Parks
  • PhotoWings
  • Friends of St. Andrews Playground
  • NYC Department of Youth & Community


View Location Details St. Andrews Playground

1405 Atlantic Ave,
NY 11216
(at Kingston & Atlantic and at Herkimer Ave & St. Andrews Place)

  • Monday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

This exhibition is made possible by the collaboration of many neighborhood partners: Friends of St. Andrew’s Playground, Herking Alagantic Block Association, Big Apple Leadership Academy for the Arts, Brooklyn Titans, The Code Foundation, Bailey’s Cafe, Yen’s Art Corner

Community Heroes is supported in part by the generous contribution of Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr, NYC Council Member for the 36th District, Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights. This program is also supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development, in partnership with the City Council.

This website was made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership of Photowings