Neighborhood Portrait Series


The Neighborhood Portrait Series by Bridget Bartolini was a sequence of city-wide community events inviting residents to come together and share stories about their neighborhoods, thus creating a “portrait” of the neighborhood as seen by its own community members.

In addition to personal stories, the events showcased poetry, music, and other art inspired by neighborhoods as well as open discussion forums and participatory activities.

Neighborhood Portrait Series strengthened community connections and built a neighborly spirit through the sharing of stories and art. The project resulted in community-constructed portraits of neighborhoods through video blog.

Neighborhood Portrait Series was a part of the Five Boro Story Project.

Meet the Artist

Bridget Bartolini

Bridget Bartolini produces public programs that bring New Yorkers together through stories and art inspired by the neighborhoods of New York City. Bridget holds a MA in Community Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has created the series Bronx Stories to challenge stereotypes about the Bronx; I Heart Bx/Bk to examine interborough relationships; and I’m Tawkin’ Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent to promote the culture – and accents – of each borough.