Community organizing, Drawing, Literary Art, Multidisciplinary, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts
Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?
Steven Casanova is a photographer and food activist that I connected with to volunteer in Puerto Rico. He uses his knowledge of food history to educate people on how they can eat cheaper with better quality food. He uses his art to bring awareness to the struggles of the farmers and people of Puerto Rico. Both of these things are inspiring to me because they involve real-life application and steps people can take. His projects are used to organize groups to work on the farms directly, raise money for the communities in need and change the relationship people have with their food.
Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?
I grew up near and going to The Point because my father and godfather taught music lessons there for years. It meant a lot to me to see all of these people from the Bronx making and creating. It was also important for me to see my family sharing their knowledge and continuing to learn from young people in this exchange to help each other grow. It taught me that work could be about people, fun and collaborative.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Amanda Everich is a teaching artist from the Bronx who runs a nature program in Brooklyn. She can be found running through Prospect Park with art supplies, children, and a deep curiosity to explore the land.