Unmasking the Truth
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Newburgh Community Photo Project (NCPP) is organizing a Public Art Action in conjunction with the Inside Out Project (https://www.insideoutproject.net/en). NCPP participants are photographing City of Newburgh residents with masks that say COVID SAFE, #BLM, and I CAN'T BREATHE and we will be wheat pasting them to buildings in the City of Newburgh as a public art action to call attention to the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, especially to those communities who are most affected.
The novel coronavirus continues to sweep the United States and disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). The City of Newburgh has over 1,583 confirmed cases, according to the Orange County Health Department, which is the highest number of cases in Orange County.
NCPP is photographing people of all ages, gender, national origin, skin color, and socio-economic strata in the City of Newburgh to include as much of Newburgh's diverse population as possible. Six properties have been confirmed to host the public art action and are situated in communities that the pandemic and #BLM most affects. The public action is intended to call attention to these issues and spark conversations around them. They will also function as a reminder of systemic inequalities and how we may be able to change people's perspectives on the issues and interactions of diverse populations in the communities, as well as public policy.
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Funded by Newburgh, NY (September 2020)