© Shawana Ryals
© Shawana Ryals
© Jasmin Chang

Community Heroes is a community organizing and public art project celebrating the everyday heroes of our neighborhoods. With a focus on historic residents, we collaborate with local artists to celebrate those who have been a faithful, stable presence in strengthening and supporting their neighborhoods.

We partner with overlooked communities, share beautiful stories already taking place within, build community among the old and new residents, and encourage ownership of the neighborhood.

We invite the Photoville community to tell us where to go next! What neighborhood would you like to see celebrated through Community Heroes?


  • Community Heroes

    Community Heroes

    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.

  • 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.

  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

Community Heroes

 archive : 2019

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Jasmin Chang Zac Martin

Presented by: Community Heroes, Trellis, United Photo Industries (UPI)
  • Community Heroes
  • Trellis
  • United Photo Industries (UPI)


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1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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