Created by anupama jain and Lisa Brown, Color Me Pittsburgh is a creative, collaborative mechanism for promoting social justice. The project debuted at Three Rivers Arts Festival and further evolved through participant contributions during Carnegie Museums’ Youth Summit and Hear Me!’s Media Empowerment Student Summit in October 2014. It is intentionally being hosted at Assemble during Black History Month.
Color Me Pittsburgh was unveiled at TRAF at Point State Park in June 2014 (see photos here). At the center of the project is a portable, oversized (4×8 feet), free-standing map of Pittsburgh, which jain and Brown co-designed with local youth artist Alaric X, aka Senque Little-Poole. Alaric X is a visual artist focused on creating reactionary/documentary work to various environments and circumstances.
In addition to facilitating individual and group contributions to the original “race” map of Pittsburgh, Color Me Pittsburgh coordinates educational and community-building activities for diverse audiences. The art installation engages participants and the greater community in conversations about race in ways that are thought-provoking yet non-confrontational. Individuals are invited to articulate the groups to which they feel they belong and also gain better understanding of the racial makeup of the region.
Find out more at the project’s website! (coming soon)