ArtsChange Hosts Walking Exhibition and Community Tour of Richmond’s 23rd St.

On Wednesday, August 19th ArtsChange along with the Richmond 23rd St. Merchants Association and the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) collaborative hosted a walking exhibition and community tour to showcase the Latin@ small business owners making positive contributions to the community. Young people in partnership with ArtsChange Executive Director Tomás Riley worked through a series of 12 workshops in digital photography and graphic design. They then met with 6 selected merchants to conduct personal interviews and capture the stories of the mostly immigrant entrepreneurs and celebrate their investment in the community. The youth then took photos of the business owners and their stores using everything from cell phone cameras, disposable cameras and simple point-and-shoot digital cameras. All of this became source material for a set of digitally designed posters that were then displayed in each storefront, and community leaders including Mayor Gayle McLaughlin were invited to take a mile-long walk down 23rd to view the exhibition. It was an experiment in social sculpture based in fundamental notions of community, active living and public art, and we were proud to be a part of it.

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The mission of ArtsChange is to promote imagination, health and wellbeing in stressed East Bay neighborhoods, by engaging artists and communities in the creation of socially conscious art designed for accessible public settings.
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