This project was completed as a part of Elevate 2012 and was meant to tell the stories of the members of the organization, Back on My Feet (BoMF). Based upon eleven interviews with members of BoMF, I produced large scale prints which were wheat pasted throughout downtown Atlanta. In collaboration with this project Avien Reese, wrote spoken word for the downtown public that was performed throughout the week of Elevate 2012. Both Avien and I were members of the organization, one a former shelter resident and the other a volunteer, and we have found that this organization not only builds the confidence and independence it works to create but also builds a strong sense of community and camaraderie. Through the work, we hoped the viewers would begin to understand this community and be able to see and make positive connections with a population of the city they may have never encountered so intimately.
Elevate is a contemporary art commissioning and exhibiting program. Hosted annually in central downtown Atlanta, Elevate exhibits large scale public artwork and offers performance, events, educational opportunities and cultural experiences free to the public with the mission of instigating positive urban growth through arts economics.
More information here: http://www.ocaatlanta.com/programs/elevate/ or http://www.elevateatlantaart.com/
+Back on My Feet:
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.
More information here: http://atlanta.backonmyfeet.org/atlanta-landing.html