The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights will create a portrait of a place through its people, a time-capsule of who we are now amid shifting demographics, and quietly up-end the tradition of portraiture being reserved for a wealthy few, by giving these portraits to people from all walks of life for FREE.
By giving portraits to neighbors who may not otherwise have access, this work creates a time capsule of who we are now amid shifting demographics, documents our community, and quietly up-ends the tradition of portraiture being reserved for wealthy, predominantly white men. The portraits will emerge in local venues throughout the year and the entire collection of over 200 portraits will culminate in a reception for all those painted to gather and celebrate their newfound commonality. Thereafter, the paintings become the property of those who sat for them at no cost.
All residents of Crown Heights are eligible to receive a portrait. We’ve partnered with elected officials and Community Boards to ensure that we faithfully reflect the diversity of our neighborhood, with everyone represented on equal stature-- state senators next to shelter residents and local merchants and even YOU.
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