Upper Westside Story Community Identity Archive / Recent Project
(Manhattan - 2016)
CITYarts is planning to create a public art project titled “Upper West Side Story” consisting of banners, murals, posters and postcards in and around small business on the Upper West Side. To do so, CITYarts will collaborate with a professional artist, local youth and their schools on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. The project is funded by Council Woman Helen Rosenthal to bring attention to neighborhood level economics development through highlighting local small business and their importance to the Upper West Side.
The Creative Process will include 10 to 15 workshops on the following; research of community, visiting small local businesses, interviewing owners and employees, oral history, social media, photography, videography, painting on banners, design, painting on outside walls. The project will result in a mural, banners, and postcards within the community.
Funded by Council Woman Helen Rosenthal under the Neighborhood Development Grant Initiative to bring attention to neighborhood level economic development through highlighting local small business and their importance in the Upper West Side. Raise awareness about small businesses, local landmarks, and neighborhood favorites to actively engage them with their community. Bring together youth and families to collaborate on a project that will beautify their neighborhood. Empower youth to take leadership roles in acting as a positive force in their community. Help students learn the history of the place, to be young ambassadors for the neighborhood they live in or study, and become advocates for positive change.