Testify! by Sophia Dawson

  • Sophia Dawson, Testify!
  • Sophia Dawson, Testify!
  • Sophia Dawson, Testify!


Testify! features interviews and photographs of subjects, objects, and places meaningful to NYCHA residents ages 16-21, including those at Brownsville Houses. Created in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs Public Artist in Residence program, Sophia Dawson worked with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to record community images and interviews. Each story explores the trials and triumphs of those most affected by historic disinvestment and COVID-19. Photography & audio recordings were captured by: Aminata Cisse, Chloe Delvalle, Christopher Garcia, Jasleen Lally, Sirazam Munira, Kate Origoza, Jason Peart, Vanessa Ramirez, Alexis Robinson, Jessica Torres, and Julio Valerio. Audio recordings are available at: bit.ly/brownsville_testify

Photo credits for artwork by Sophia Dawson: Paul Katcher

Bridging the Divide: Media/Press Coverage

400 sq ft mural, on view at Taft Houses, 5th Ave, and 112th St, NYC. Commissioned by Artbridge.

400 sq ft mural, on view at Taft Houses, 5th …


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Telephone poles in Annadale, Eltingville and …

ArtBridge, Star Review

In the middle of October, there was an art celebration …

Transforming urban spaces: 2 Staten Island NYCHA buildings get an artistic makeover

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — There are more than 300 miles …

On July 8, a new art exhibition, “Present Power / Future Hopes,” brought outdoor art indoors to showcase the work of 59 New York-based artists who created 25,000 square feet of art to help beautify and bring public art to 17 NYCHA developments across the city. The exhibition is produced by ArtBridge as a culmination of its Bridging the Divide program, a fellowship in which local artists design temporary public artworks that reflect the lives, histories, and aspirations of NYCHA residents. The artists created over 50 new, site-specific artwork that was affixed to construction fencing and sidewalk sheds at each location, as made possible through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ City Canvas pilot initiative. As part of the fellowship, the artists held hundreds of art workshops and community events with NYCHA residents. (See past NYCHA Journal stories on Bridging the Divide here.)

On July 8, a new art exhibition, “Present Power / …


NEW YORK (PIX11) — Scaffolding is normally an eyesore, but …

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