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Fort Greene Community Heroes (2018)

Please join us this Saturday for the opening of Community Heroes: Fort Greene!

Community Heroes will kick off its 2018 portrait exhibition at 2:00 p.m. on August 18, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York at Commodore Barry Park and Fort Greene Park. The exhibition opens in tandem with the 11th year celebration of Old Timers Day, a reunion in Commodore Barry Park that is free and open to the public. On October 6, 2018, there will be a Community Picnic in Fort Greene Park.

Twenty individuals were selected as representatives of the community, or heroes, from a pool of over 140 nominations collected during a seven-month community outreach process. Each park will exhibit 10 portraits printed in large banners and shot by local photographers. Community Heroes seeks to tell the stories of the neighborhoods’ unsung heroes through the collaboration of newer residents and long-time residents, often people of color whose families have lived in the community for generations.

From December 2017 to June 2018, Zac Martin, Executive Director of Trellis, Creative Director Jasmin Chang, and Community Liaison Ivan Valladares, attended dozens of community gatherings, such as at the Community Board 2, the Walt Whitman and Clinton Hill Public Libraries, the GrowNYC Fort Greene Greenmarket, the Fulton Street Business Improvement District, and local tenant associations, including those at the NYCHA developments: the Atlantic Terminal Houses, the Farragut Houses, the Ingersoll Houses, and the Whitman Houses.

Community Heroes continues to collect nominations for heroes and seeks photographers to take their portraits. Twenty more portraits will rotate into the exhibition until its final month on July 2019. On October 6, 2018, Community Heroes will host a potluck picnic in Fort Greene Park to celebrate the heroes’ portraits, the organizers, and their collaborators. This event is also free and open to the public.

Event Photos
Spotlighted Heroes
News & Events

Fort Greene Park 2022 Community Heroes

Thank you to Carey Wagner for creating a video to honor the 6 Fort Greene Park Community Heroes for 2022!

Unveiling Commodore Barry Park heroes at Community Friends Day

Photos from the Meet and Greet (Fort Greene Park and Commodore Barry Park)

A celebratory walking tour for the launch of a new group of Fort Greene Community Heroes - six in Fort Greene Park and 6 in Commodore Barry Park! Heroes, artists, youth writers and collaborators joined the festivities to share about their experiences.

10/6: Neighborhood Picnic + Opening Celebration at Fort Greene Park

Join us for a picnic with neighbors, as we unveil new hero banners! Come meet and celebrate the community heroes and the artists featured in this exhibition. Please bring a snack to share! 

6/15: Celebrating 6 new heroes at The Fort Greene Park Fling

We were so honored and excited to work alongside our neighbors and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy to once again celebrate heroes at The Fling. Deb Howard Eric Frazier James Roberts,”Brother James” Moshood Preston Riddick Dr. Yvrose Pierre

Fort Greene Park Director looks back on 2018

Dear Fort Greene Park Community: Looking back, 2018, my fourth year as Fort Greene Park Director, was an incredible year of growth and expansion. Much of what we accomplished would not have been possible without the neighbors who care for and support the park. Our 2018 operations makeover coincided with the Community Heroes NYC photography installation along the Brooklyn Hospital fenceline that celebrates everyday residents who  organize and generously give time and talent for the good of the park and neighborhood.   Read more here: http://www.fortgreenepark.org/news/2018/12/13/looking-back-on-2018-a-letter-from-park-director-dave-barker

August 2018 to July 2019

This exhibition is in two parks:

Commodore Barry Park

along the football field

Fort Greene Park

along the Brooklyn Hospital fence