Collaborating artists for the SEE ME BECAUSE exhibition include Heidi Gutman
, Mary Ellen Matthews
, Natalie Brasington
, David Johnson, Kissenia Chara, Hosea Johnson
, Roy Morrison
, Ken Pao
, Briscoe Savoy
, Zachary Maxwell Stertz
, Emma Strachman
, Adriana Andaluz
, Eric Kleppe-Montenegro
, Casey Stein
, Anthony Giacomino
, and Shinya Nakamura.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Art Start is a nationally-recognized organization that uses the creative process and collaborations with the creative arts and media industries to nurture the voices of historically marginalized youth, offering them a space to imagine, believe, and represent their creative vision for their lives and communities. For more information on Art Start, how to get involved or make a donation, please visit the website: www.artstart.org
Since 1991, Art Start has used the creative process to nurture the voices, hearts and minds of historically marginalized youth, offering a space for them to imagine, believe, and represent their creative vision for their lives and communities. Through consistent workshops with long-term partners, including youth organizations, schools, alternative sentencing programs, and residences for youth and families experiencing homelessness, art becomes the starting point of a larger life process, and the start of larger public exchanges about the future of our communities.
Art Start’s success has received national media attention, including on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bravo’s “Stories of Arts for Change”, Fox 5ʹs Good Day Street Talk, MSNBC’s The Griot, 107.3 Lite FM, National Public Radio, a mini-documentary by two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple and the 2003 CBS special, “Fulfilling the Dream.” In 2009, The Sundance Channel debuted “The Hip Hop Project”, a feature-length documentary about Art Start’s award-winning music program. Additional features about Art Start have been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, and New York Daily News.
ABOUT THE ART START PORTRAIT PROJECT
The Art Start Portrait Project is a multimedia exhibition and platform for Art Start youth to portray the complex narratives about their identities, asking the world to see them as they choose to be seen. 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 come to life through multimedia exhibitions and the public campaign, #SeeMeBecause, offering a platform for self-determination, representation, and freedom.