Global Inside Out street art project is on display on Xavier's campus and in the neighborhood

Black and white photographs are part of a large-scale participatory art project | October 21, 2011

The Inside Out art project may be global, but it’s showing up locally in Xavier’s neighborhood this weekend. A variety of black and white photographs are being displayed at the Evanston Recreation Center, on the Xavier University campus and at selected sites throughout Evanston on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Inside Out project, created by French street artist JR, is creating a movement in which people stand up for what they care about by contributing to a large-scale, participatory art project. The local project kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at the Evanston Recreation Center. The public is welcome, and admission is free.

This local effort of the global Inside Out Project was introduced by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) to communities across Greater Cincinnati. The local Evanston-based group is comprised of the Flavor of Art Studios, Xavier University’s Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning, and the artist’s collective, Satellite Projects.

“The Contemporary Arts Center is providing an overall umbrella and support system, helping people from Greater Cincinnati take part and have a voice,” explains Raphaela Platow, the center’s Alice & Harris Weston director and chief curator. “By taking this approach and shaping the CAC initiative as we have, our whole region is able to participate in an important way.”

Each community group is self-organized, has created its own statement and has its own unique story to tell.The Evanston group brought together Lt. Colonel Michael Cureton of the Cincinnati Police Department, Anzora Adkins of the Flavor of Art Studios, Sean Rhiney with Xavier University’s Eigel Center, and the Satellite Projects artists Joel Armor, Joe Civitello and Annie Stephens, who recently opened an artist project space in Evanston.

“As a new resident of Evanston, Satellite Projects wants to engage the community where we reside,” said Armour. “We are extremely excited about the relationships we have formed already and look forward to continued engagement within the Evanston Community.”

The group asked participants to think about what they bring to the community. Many included an object in their picture representing their unique voice. Photo subjects include long-time Evanston residents, children, teachers, musicians, community leaders and Xavier students, faculty and staff. Photographs were taken by students at Xavier and by Xavier’s director for photography Greg Rust, John Curley, Alyssa Konerman and Sean Dunn.

“Xavier has a long-standing relationship with Evanston, both as a partner and as one of the important neighborhoods that make up our campus,” says Rhiney. “It’s a natural for us to share this project so we can continue to learn more about one another and foster even greater relationships."