Video: Does Art Matter to a Community Under Threat?

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Sophia Dawson, ARTs East New York artist in residence, at work.

Melissa Cooper

Sophia Dawson, ARTs East New York artist in residence, at work.

East New York has long faced problems like poverty, disinvestment and crime—threats that many residents, who knew the area’s deeper value, worked to confront. Now its worries concern gentrification and displacement.

In a neighborhood facing so many different risks, what role can community artists play in helping residents speak not just to the outside world, but among themselves?

Melissa Cooper took her camera to find out.

City Limits’ coverage of the intersection of art and policy is made possible by a grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

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    YAY! Citizens Committee for New York City’s 2009, 2013 and 2014 Neighborhood Grant recipient gets more visibility through City Limits and Voices of NY coverage.

    Thank you!