The 2018 Art Start Portrait Project offers Black and Brown young men the opportunity to portray the complex narratives about their identities, asking the world to see them for how they choose to be seen. Art Start has collaborated with youth from the Bronx, Brooklyn and it’s first collaboration outside of NYC with the City of Milwaukee to interpret and re-imagine visions of themselves. Through Art Start workshops, in-depth dialogue, interviews and photoshoots, participants explore personal identity and envision their lives beyond circumstance and stereotype. With support from world-class photographers, retouchers, stylists, and oral historians, those visions will come to life at the Art Start Portrait Project Opening Exhibition on November 9, 2018 at the Lincoln Center, 6-8pm.
Join us and the New York City youth participants as this show opens for a brief exhibition at The Lincoln Center. Engage our public campaign, #SeeMeBecause and join the movement to support our young men of color's liberation through self-determination.
Participating artists on this year's project include Natalie Brasington and David Johnson, as well as Mary Ellen Matthews (Saturday Night Live), Nick Collura, @Zachary Maxwell Stertz, Paul Gilmore, Ken Pao, Heidi Gutman, Sara Stathas, Justice de los Santos, and Art Start alumni, Kissenia Chara-Williams.
The New York Art Start Portrait Project 2018 is co-presented by Smashbox Studios with the support of DCOY Studios, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Humanities New York with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Film Society at Lincoln Center.
More about The Art Start Portrait Project:
The 2018 Art Start Portrait Project is the sixth iteration of the project, founded in 2013 by New York City’s Art Start. The 2018 participants from Milwaukee join a living archive of hundreds of youth and families over five years who, as complex, self-determined people in pursuit of self-discovery, have asked the world to see them because...