Newburgh Community Photo Project’s Public Art Action is a collaborative group project calling attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the parallels between them. Both affect ethnically diverse communities such as in Newburgh, NY.
The participants of the NCPP summer workshop photographed residents of Newburgh, NY, many of whom have experienced the greatest effects of the pandemic and police violence - black, brown, and immigrant communities that make up almost 75% of the city's population. We sought to explore the relationship of both issues by engaging the Newburgh community to be part of this conversation. NCPP workshop participants photographed subjects from these neighborhoods with masks that have one of three statement printed on them: COVID SAFE, #BLM, or I CAN'T BREATHE.
The posters were wheat-pasted onto 8 prominent buildings in neighborhoods where the subjects reside and where pedestrian and vehicular traffic are high. (Participants also recorded brief interviews of the subjects, which will be used as sound pieces and clips on social media.) This action serves as a reminder to residents that their health and safety are still at risk and they have a critical role to play in the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. It is through their actions and conversations that change will occur. NCPP believes it is vital to advocate for everyone, especially during this time of social unrest. We want to affirm to the residents of these communities that they have rights, a voice, and the ability to create lasting change. Finally, NCPP hopes this project will have a lasting impact on the City of Newburgh by uniting different communities in a common cause.
Become a Group Leader by organizing an Inside Out Action in your community. Gather 50 or more participants that stand behind a message you are passionate about and paste your portraits in your community.