The Art Start Portrait Project offers homeless and court-involved New York City teens, who rarely have access to the arts, the opportunity to create empowering dreams of their future and show the world how they want to be seen. Through Art Start workshops and in-depth dialogue, participants explore personal identity and envision their lives without boundaries. With support from world-class photographers, retouchers and stylists, those visions now come to life in a large-format photographic print. With all of the elements in place, these images represent a picture of inspiration and hope.
The Portrait Project challenges the belief that the future simply will be a continuation of a difficult past. When given the freedom to imagine, the courage to believe and the resources to create, we profoundly transform how we interact with the world.
Participating photographers on this project include Anyway Reps’ Natalie Brasington and David Johnson, as well as Mary Ellen Matthews (SNL), Andrew Eccles, Matt Hoyle, Chris Randall, Heidi Gutman, Zachary Maxwell Stertz. Makeup artists will include Kim White and Emma Strachman.
For the fourth year, Fast Ashleys Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn returns to The Portrait Project as a presenting sponsor of photo equipment and studio space for the shoot locations. DCOY Studios also returns as a sponsor, donating all digital retouching for the project. This year, Canon joins the project as the exclusive printing sponsor, making the public exhibition and book possible for this project.
The Portrait Project gallery exhibition is available for rent or purchase by Art Start approved gallery spaces, organizations and schools, nationwide.
All fees are tax-deductible and will benefit Art Start’s Homeless Youth Outreach, a program that offers creative arts workshops up to 5-nights per week at NYC homeless shelters to youth 5 to 21-years-old.
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