The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights Parade & Exhibition
Organized by: RUSTY ZIMMERMAN
In the last year, Brooklyn Artist Rusty Zimmerman painted 200 four-hour oil-painted portraits from life of Crown Heights residents from all walks of life and recorded each person's oral history. A physical record in a digital age, we upend a tradition of portraiture reserved for a wealthy few by giving these paintings to people regardless of their ability to pay. We connect neighbors across cultures by giving each person a community service assignment to be the change they'd like to see here and now. And in just 16 days on Sunday, September 25th, Crown Heights will parade all 200 people who've been painted, with marching bands to lead the way, to see ALL 200 portraits at the the museum. Thereafter, the original paintings will belong to the people who sat for them.
Now it's time to mount this exhibition and rock this parade.
BE A PART OF BROOKLYN’S HISTORY
In one year, a small Community Arts Initiative grew to national news coverage and packed audiences at the Brooklyn Museum- all while sustaining on contributions from local donors. Now, we need your help across the finish line by providing museum-quality framing, and to hear each voice through their portrait with live audio links. Your support is essential to create this historic and unprecedented interaction between Art and the public.
Thank you for making this dream real from the very beginning to the end.
To learn more, contact:
Artist / Founder The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights