A community organizing and public art project celebrating everyday heroes in New York City, neighborhood by neighborhood.
It is a way for communities to….
Local community groups and local artists work together through community meetings, a nomination process, and storytelling sessions to produce a public art exhibition.
Photoville amplifies visual storytellers and connects them to a worldwide diverse audience through its free photo festival and year-round activation of public spaces and educational community programming.
Catalyst, a program of Partnerships for Parks (PfP), harnesses the resources of City Parks Foundation, NYC Parks, and local partners to strengthen and center community building around improving high needs parks in historically underserved neighborhoods.
Community Heroes is supported in part by Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr, NYC Council Member for the 36th District, Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights
Catalyst and Partnerships for Parks efforts to the project are strengthened via generous private support provided by the Helmsley Charitable Trust, Altman Foundation and the MJS Foundation. Public support is provided by the NYC Council’s Parks Equity Initiative under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.
Community Heroes works by...
Being invited by an individual or a group to envision the project in their neighborhood
Working together to engage with and listen to neighbors through active outreach and civic participation
Inviting local artists to document neighborhood stories
Showcasing their artwork in a public art exhibition & gathering to celebrate it
The History of Community Heroes
Gowanus Houses Old Timers Day
August 13, 2016 + August 12, 2017, Gowanus
Annual gathering of old and new residents of the NYCHA Gowanus Houses
with Gowanus Houses Tenants Association
Public Exhibition in Commodore Barry Park and Fort Greene Park
August 2018 – August 2019
Large public art exhibition displayed for a year in two parks in Fort Greene
with Fort Greene Farragut Old Timers Day, Friends of Commodore Barry Park, Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst, Ingersoll Tenants Association, Whitman Tenants Association, Farragut Tenants Association, FAB Fulton, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, NYC Parks + many neighbors and businesses
Ingersoll Tenants Association
Farragut Tenants Association
Atlantic Terminal Tenants Association
Bed Stuy / Crown Heights
Our collaborators, connectors and brainstormers, without you this project would not be where it is:
Darrell Cheng, Ivan Valladares, Alexis Lambrou, Tracey Pinkard, Korly DeVries, Shawana Ryals, Shaquana Boykin, Karen Thompson, Zoe L. Meeks, Julie Raskin, Jessica Sucher, Laura Roumanos, Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, Janna Starr, Kristin Brenneman Eno, Ted Enoch, David Barker, Julian Macrone, Thais Reis-Henrie
Community Heroes is supported in part by The Berk Foundation, Humanities New York Action Grant, the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), as well as many organizations, neighbors and friends.
Apostles Brooklyn, Liberty City, Trinity Grace Church Park Slope, Bindery, The Bridge Church, Lauren Pond, Habiba Simjee, Kush Patel, Andria Seo & Ray Su, Sarah Yoon, Chris and Annmarie Koshak, Anastasia Soetanto, Stephen and Jenie Hanano, Krystal Grow, Alexandra Roche, Manisha Munshi, Marian Wang, Morgan Cruz, Caroline Park, Dana Krieger, Jessica Olah, Stephanie Kim and Jason Yow, Kisha Bari and Peter Fedak, Rebecca Stevens, Jennifer Giuliano, Kiira Benzing, Julia Chu, Alexis Percival, Korly DeVries and Joshua Levi, Brian Oei, Carol Fung, Shelly, Karen Thompson, and many more!