Broward 100 Goes Global
With the Inside Out Project
By Andrea Richard
The Inside Out Project has been making headlines in major news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. For those unfamiliar with this groundbreaking global public art movement, Parisian street artist JR launched Inside Out in 2007. He snapped portraits of individuals with his camera, giving them a chance to really express themselves, and transformed the images in black and white onto large-scale paper print-outs. He then would paste these stark paper printouts onto public facades, using a wheat-based glue. The result gave communities across the globe a platform to express themselves and tell stories about personal identity and social change. But, most importantly, the installations have triggered change.
Adorable picture taken by Aldos Dos Santos at the Dallas Contemporary InsideOut project, 2014.
Back in 2007, the Parisian artist intended to work on Inside Out for just a year, but the project proved to be too popular and significant to stop. As of today, his public art movement is still going strong, as more than 112 countries, and counting, have participated.
As 2015 is the year Broward County turns 100 years old, Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community has developed a special partnership with Inside Out. Broward 100 aims to work with community organizations to help bond social ties and to highlight what Broward stands for - a diverse and culturally enriching place to live.
This year, a series of Inside Out Projects will pop up across the County through this unique effort. To learn more about some of the participating action groups, Cultural Quarterly fine arts magazine has highlighted five projects below.
Urban League of Broward County
The Urban League of Broward County, a community-driven organization dedicated to empowering and changing lives, photographed their network of people for the global and groundbreaking Inside Out Project. Photographs taken will be transformed into a photographic installation that tells the story of "Breaking the Cycle," which concerns getting out of poverty. Individuals in the photographs represent those who have fought hard to overcome hardships, some of which are heart-wrenchingly inspiring, and have moved on to great career success with the support of the Urban League's extensive programing. Visit the Urban League of Broward County’s Facebook page for further information.
Westfield Broward Mall
InsideOut at Miramar Multi-Service Complex, 2014.
Calling the Westfield Broward Mall simply a mall doesn't do this community-driven center justice. Westfield in central Broward embraces a motto "where community celebrates culture." Onsite, there's an art gallery that, every six weeks, hosts exhibitions by local artists. Events such as live music nights, film screenings and the upcoming Caribbean Style Week aim to bring people together beyond the typical shopping experience. In February, the Westfield Broward Mall installed its project, showcasing the mix of personalities that make up the central Broward community.
The Pride Center
For more than two decades The Pride Center in Wilton Manors has provided a welcoming, safe space that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ communities. Broward is home to the second largest same-sex couple population in the U.S. The extensive outreach programs at The Pride Center, including dance classes, Spanish courses, and health expos and beyond, might surprise you. With the new marriage equality laws in Florida, The Pride Center's panels on family planning and parenting skills for same-sex couples are not only relevant to this huge milestone, but serve to build a better family structure in our hometown. Visit the Pride Center’s website for further information.
City of Pembroke Pines
Community outreach is important to the work and mission of Jill Slaughter, chief curator and head of cultural projects for the City of Pembroke Pines. Slaughter invited prominent LGBT community members to participate in her city’s Inside Out Project. The participants included Broward College students, students from Broward high school Gay-Straight Alliance groups, local artists, members of the Pembroke Pines Police Department and original members of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus. The message of this installation covering the façade of the Pines Recreation Teen Center - “Coming Out to a Network of Support” - intends to showcase that community members have more similarities than differences. Visit The City of Pembroke Pines website for more information.
Ann Storck Center
This benevolent group is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. The Ann Storck Center runs a campus which offers community members spaces for living and learning. The center is comprised of a premier Adult Day Training facility, Early Intervention Preschool complex, and an Intermediate Care Facility. Programs include music therapy, fine art workshops and behavior analysis. The group's Inside Out message intends to remind the public to look at one's strength and celebrate it. Their message is aptly, "The next time you see a person with a disability, look for the ability and you'll find it." Visit the Ann Storck Center website for further information.
For more information on how your community can participate in Broward 100’s Inside Project, please visit the Broward 100 website.
For more information on how to participate visit the Broward 100 website.
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