Winston-Salem Portrait Project includes photography, art, connections and conversations aimed at bringing the Winston-Salem community together | Arts & Theater
She said the Public Art Commission “viewed photography and portraiture, in particular, as a powerful tool to help people truly recognize and connect with each other.”
Originally, the project was scheduled to roll out in spring 2019, but Towns said community engagement was so strong the opening was pushed back to spring 2020. But COVID-19 has struck, delaying the opening until April 11, 2021.
Chang said she and Bari had done a lot of research on Winston-Salem before their first visit to the city. Then, they traveled around town to meet and interview people before presenting their proposal to the Public Art Commission.
Collectively, there were around 150 people in the project, including a welcoming committee made up of members who represented each neighborhood in the city, participants who attended workshops and figured in the project, and student media creators – local students who documented the scene process.
Magalie Yacinthe, owner of YES, Yacinthe Event Services and interim CEO of HUSTLE, is the local organizer of the portrait project.
Aaron Gibbons, a custom furniture maker and maker in Winston-Salem with a carpentry and metallurgy shop in King, is the maker of the project.
“He really worked with us to embrace our vision and our conception of the artwork,” Chang said of Gibbons. “He worked with us to figure out how to bring them to life. “