In communities across the US and Canada, collaborative art-making has become a powerful vehicle for those who have faced trauma or social exclusion to form healthy relationships with others, open up about difficult or taboo subjects, and contribute to their community through the creation of public artwork.
Artolution artists have facilitated community-based public art projects with a variety of local institutions across the New York City region, where the organization is based, engaging court-involved youth from the 5 boroughs struggling to reintegrate into society after incarceration; physically and mentally disabled adolescents in Newark, New Jersey; and local teenagers from under-resourced neighborhoods who have learned job skills, beautified their communities and addressed issues of vital importance to them and their families. In Queens, middle school students had the opportunity to do an exchange project with their peers in a community center in Delhi, India. Both groups met each other over a series of video interviews and messages, and created canvas murals that were sent between the two locations, allowing for both groups to collaborate on the same artwork.
Beyond the NYC region, we have been active in Illinois, Ohio, Colorado, Maryland, California, Washington, DC and Vancouver, Canada. Through these projects, immigrant agricultural communities expressed their resilience in the face of hate; addicts going through treatment focused their energy on positive, creative activities that promoted a healthy lifestyle; and incarcerated youth and adults created collaborative murals that explored their challenges and envisioned a new direction for their lives.
Artolution is focused on establishing sustainable, long-term programs led by local artists and educators. Thanks to our many partners, including Project Jericho, University of California Merced, NYC Department of Transportation, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Innovation High School in East Harlem, Class Acts Arts, CAW, Groundswell, Rain City Housing, Triage Public Housing Center, Artistic Noise, City Without Walls, The Arc and Building Bridges Across the River.