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Meet Kristy McCarthy

Meet Kristy McCarthy, 2015 Create Change Fellow

Meet our 2015 Fellows!


Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?

Recently I’ve been learning more about the Young Lords Party and have been really inspired by their accomplishments. These were young kids, some as young as 15, who took the needs of their neighborhood into their own hands and forcefully, but without violence, created change. They were a super positive movement; encouraging education, community unity, and equality. Not only that, but they weren’t afraid! They risked their lives and their freedom for the greater good of their people and their neighborhood, and I think that’s beautiful.


Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?

Jefferson Park is a very special place for me. Depending on the day, it may serve as my gymnasium, my living room, my art studio, or my extended back yard. It’s the best place for people-watching since everyone within a mile radius congregates here on Saturdays to BBQ, play soccer, or just stroll around. It also serves as a nice nature break from the concrete and brick walls of the city.


What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?

My favorite film about NYC is 1997’s “Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground”, which is a collection of short films based on actual subway experiences. I think the film really captures the raw humanity of New York and what it’s like to live in such close quarters with so many different kinds of people, where lives are constantly intersecting.


If you have an idea of a blog post or topic you’d like to contribute to our blog, please share below!

La Marqueta and La Casa Azul Bookstore are two neighborhood businesses that are very active in the East Harlem Community. It would be great to profile them to get the word out!


A self-taught artist, hair braider, and community organizer with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature, Kristy has combined her passions for culture, travel, and art by organizing community art projects in Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, and New York City. Her work centers around themes of human interconnectedness, nature, and the exploitation of developing nations.


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