Students participating in the PAL Coalition are sponsoring an evening of art and advocacy with, “My Normal: Do You See What I See,” 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 19, at Lynnhurst United Church of Christ, 4401 Taylor Blvd., in south central Louisville.
For the project, in partnership with Darryl Turpin, a co-principal of The Pinwheel Group, which works with young black males involved in the criminal justice system, students explored the five blocks surrounding their homes, photographing things they consider issues. For example, one student took pictures of trash on the street, another two photos comparing the price of beer vs. the price of water at a local convenient store – the water was more expensive.
In preparing the program, students noted themes – trash, liquor, substance abuse, conditions of sidewalks or the lack thereof, conditions of roadways, including potholes and other problems. These photos and themes will be made into posters to create an advocacy-based art show – informing and encouraging people to take note and seek improvements.
“The goal is to raise people’s awareness of the communities where they live, the conditions and situations,” said Tomy Molloy, director of the PAL Coalition for Family & Children’s Place.
People who attend the art and advocacy event also will have the chance to take part in a poll, using their phones to text their answers, which will show live on multimedia screens reflecting what they see as major issues in their neighborhoods.
Finger foods will be available, and 17 photo projects are planned for, “My Normal: Do You See What I See.”