Make a portrait / Interview a hero
Sign up to document a community hero story.
Nominate a neighborhood hero
Tell us: who makes your neighborhood a better place?
Invite us to your community
Work with us to bring Community Heroes to your neighborhood.
Sign up to be paired with a community hero to document their story by interviewing them and creating their portrait. Please note that proximity is a core value of this project, so storytellers who live, work, or have a relationship with the neighborhood will be prioritized.
Artists (photographers and visual storytellers)
We are seeking local artists to make a portrait of each community hero. Artists will meet the community hero for a 1-2 hour storytelling session to take their portrait. For community heroes who have passed away, the artist will meet with that person’s friends and family to help curate a collage portrait made of old photos and ephemera. The artist will need to submit a high resolution portrait of the community hero, as well as a short bio, headshot, and social media handles for themselves. (Artists will receive an honorarium.)
Youth Writers (journalists and oral historians)
We are seeking young people from Bed Stuy and Crown Heights to interview each community hero. Writers will meet the community hero for a 1-2 hour storytelling session to interview them. For community heroes who have passed away, the writer will meet with that person’s friends and family to learn about the person. The writer will need to submit 1-2 paragraph bio about the community hero, as well as a short bio, headshot, and social media handles for themselves. (Youth writers will receive an honorarium.)
Do you know a neighbor who has faithfully nurtured, strengthened and supported your neighborhood through the years? Nominate them to have their story told as part of this public art project. The project centers long-term BIPOC residents, but recognizes the contribution of everyone including young people and new residents. Both community members who are alive, or have passed away may be honored.
Please reach out to [email protected] or use the form below if you are interested in bringing this project to your neighborhood.
We are currently working on a toolkit for community members to organize this project in their own neighborhood, as well as a resource guide for educators to involve their students in this project. These resources will be available in Summer 2021.