Next up: STONEWALL: 1969 – 2019
This project represents an intersection of art, community and public health messaging and is intended to use street art as a tool for engagement. Specifically, this project will use large temporary paste-up installations of graphics and/or photographic portraits (250+ images per installation) of community to put faces to numbers regarding public health issues. The use of street art in this project is intended to allow people to engage with a paste-up installation in a way that integrates both the images and the message in the content. Each paste-up will also include a panel of resources – helplines, hotlines, community programs and outreach – for support and services. The content of the resource panels will remain highlighted here on the project tabs after the paste-ups are removed or painted over.
The goal of these installations is engagement, but on each individual viewer’s own terms and only to the extent that that engagement feels safe. The hope with this project is that if we see ourselves collectively in the reality of issues impacting Mainers, we can reduce the stigma that surrounds asking for help, particularly on issues such as mental health and substance use that can be sources of private struggle.
Project seed funding: Coffee By Design – Rebel Blend Fund Grant – 2019