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Get Ready to Paint for Change in Soho with Art 2♥️

This photo, taken by Professor Nagasawa on June 12 in Soho, reflects the incident in Central Park when police were called on black birdwatcher Christian Cooper.

This Saturday Nobuho Nagasawa, professor in the Department of Art, will join several Stony Brook University graduate and undergraduate students in Soho in lower Manhattan to paint storefronts as part of Art 2♥️ — a call to artists to bring optimism, healing and love to our world by painting messages of compassion and unity on boarded-up buildings, welcoming the change that is coming.  

This photo, taken by Professor Nagasawa on June 12 in Soho, reflects the incident in Central Park when police were called on black birdwatcher Christian Cooper.
This photo, taken by Professor Nagasawa on June 12 in Soho, reflects the incident in Central Park when police were called on black birdwatcher Christian Cooper.

The Stony Brook community is invited to join the group on Saturday, June 20, from 8 am to 3 pm at the corner of Greene St. and Spring St. in Soho. Meet with the organizers when you arrive, and you will choose an available storefront to paint.  

Supplies will be available, but if you are able, please bring what you can for yourself and to share with others. Supplies needed include: water for painting and drinking, snacks, garbage bags, buckets, paint, paintbrushes, paint pallets and pans, folding tables and chairs, rollers, blue tape and ladders.

Use this form to sign in; you can register now with the form and add the location when you arrive. You will take a before photo of your blank board and an after photo of your finished design.

Local stores and restrooms in the area are open for your convenience.

Professor Nagasawa's project on June 12 of cicadas, which symbolize resilience and rebirth.
Professor Nagasawa’s project on June 12 of cicadas, which symbolize resilience and rebirth. Millions of 17-year cicadas are coming out of the earth this summer. “The emergence of the cicadas was the reason I decided to paint cicadas on the plywood, hoping for the resilience and rebirth of New York City,” she said.

A Message from the Organizers

Soho was the birthplace of contemporary art in New York City 50 years ago. Today, the streets of Soho feel like a ghost town as New York City has been one of the hardest-hit cities in the country. It was artists who lived in Soho who transformed the neighborhood that then gave rise to what now has been destroyed. With almost all of Soho looted and almost every store boarded up with plywood, if there ever was a moment for artists to express themselves, it is now. Many artists have shown up, from UNLOK artist Gordon Kindlon to a founder of the Guerrilla Girls to Bobbi Van sending artwork from Mexico.  Painters have included an 8-year-old spanning to a 78-year-old, from Egypt, Greece, China, Harlem and Brooklyn — people of every color, artists from the neighborhood who have been here since the early 1970s to their children and grandchildren. People have been so happy to have some relief through painting, and the images are all from the heart.  

Get ready, set, paint!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you there.

— Organizers Maxi, Miriam, Stefanie, Bobbi and the rest of the Team Art 2♥️

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