Inside Out Street Art Comes to Cincinnati

October 19, 2011

Photographs of those who live, work and play in the neighborhood of Evanston will be on public display starting this Saturday October 22 at the Evanston Recreation Center, on the campus of Xavier University campus and at selected sites throughout Evanston. Part of the global Inside Out Project, this local effort was introduced by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) into communities across Greater Cincinnati. An Evanston-based group was organized, comprised of the Flavor of Art Studios, Xavier University’s Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning, and the artist collective, Satellite Projects.

The global Inside Out Project was created by French street artist JR who won the 2011 TED Prize that grants a wish to change the world. His wish was to create a movement in which people stand up for what they care about by contributing to a large-scale, participatory art project. Cincinnati’s efforts are part of that world-wide project focused on the power of art and ideas to change perceptions, attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

“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 Contemporary Arts Center’s Alice & Harris Weston Director & 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, Ms. Anzora Adkins of the Flavor of Art Studios, Sean Rhiney with Xavier University’s Eigel Center, and the artist collective Satellite Projects (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,” says Joel Armour on behalf of Satellite Projects. “We are extremely excited about the relationships we have formed already from the JR Project 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 University and photographers John Curley, Greg Rust, 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.”

The Evanston Project will celebrate the kickoff of the public display on Saturday October 22nd at 12:30 pm at the Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Avenue. The public is welcome. Admission is free.

The Contemporary Arts Center gratefully acknowledges The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation for the funding that makes these public artworks possible.

To request interviews with TED staff or JR; or for comments about the TED Prize, TED, JR, or the Inside Out Project, contact Erin Allweiss at
For information on JR’s TED Prize wish visit
Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators, for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or as part of a group. Posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window, to a wall of an abandoned building, or in a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and be made available online at The INSIDE OUT project is a creation of the artist JR, recipient of the 2011 TED Prize (watch JR's TED talk here).

The first TED Prize was awarded in 2005, born out of the TED Conference and a vision by the world's leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and entertainers to change the world – one wish at a time. The reward: $100,000, the TED Community's array of talent and expertise, and the leadership of a TED Prize team led by Amy Novogratz. What began as an unparalleled experiment to leverage the resources of the TED Community to spur global change has evolved into one of the most prestigious prizes. From Bono's the ONE Campaign ('05 recipient) to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution ('10 recipient), the TED Prize is helping to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education, and now inspire art around the world. For more information on the TED Prize, visit