A community organizing and public art project celebrating everyday heroes in New York City, neighborhood by neighborhood.

It is a way for communities to….

Celebrate residents who strengthen and support their neighborhood

Invite local artists and storytellers to document and showcase neighborhood stories through a public art project

Listen to neighbors through active outreach

Celebrate and gather together

Organize a working group of storytellers, community members, organizations, faith leaders, educators, historic and new residents

Local community groups and local artists work together through community meetings, a nomination process, and storytelling sessions to produce a public art exhibition.

Organized and Produced by Photoville and Trellis, proudly supported by Partnerships for Parks and PhotoWings.

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.

Trellis is a community development nonprofit that helps neighborhoods address injustice through building and maintaining collaboration around advocacy and action.

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.

PhotoWings highlights & helps facilitate the power of photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved.

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...

Step 1

Being invited by an individual or a group to envision the project in their neighborhood

Step 2

Working together to engage with and listen to neighbors through active outreach and civic participation

Step 3

Inviting local artists to document neighborhood stories

Step 4

Showcasing their artwork in a public art exhibition & gathering to celebrate it

The History of Community Heroes

26th Annual Fort Greene Peace Fest
May 28, 2016, Fort Greene Park

Community barbeque promoting peace and love

with Family Support and Resources, Ingersoll Community Center

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

Arts to End Violence
May 25, 2017, Crown Heights storefront

Showcase of young artists committed to anti-violence

with Neighbors in Action

It’s Happening!
October 21, 2017, Central Park

Celebration of 50 years of the Art in the Parks program

with NYC Parks

Red Hook Reporters
July 2018, Red Hook

Youth community reporting project

with Alexis Lambrou, Miccio Center, Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook Flicks, The Red Hook Star-Revue + many local businesses

We are Brooklyn: A Community Block Party
August 13, 2018, Myrtle Avenue Fort Greene

Intergenerational arts-filled community block party

with Najee Omar, Intergenerational Community Arts Council, BRIC, The Performance Project by University Settlement

Fort Greene Park Conservancy Fundraiser
May 19, 2018 + June 15, 2019, Fort Greene

Special event for the community to support the park

with Fort Greene Park Conservancy

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

Fort Greene Park Fling
June 15, 2019, Fort Greene

Special event for the community to support the park

with Fort Greene Park Conservancy

Thank You

Neighborhood Partners

Fort Greene
Ingersoll Tenants Association
Farragut Tenants Association
Atlantic Terminal Tenants Association
the Bronx
Bed Stuy / Crown Heights
Red Hook


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!

We are seeking partners to make this project available to new neighborhoods. Please reach out and join us!