A public art project
South Side Community leader, Orrin Williams and I co-created SEE POTENTIAL, a public art and community engagement project. We installed large-scale documentary photographs to advertise community-driven development plans for Chicago's South Side and enabled residents to sign an informal petition of support via text messaging.
SEE POTENTIAL enabled residents, community leaders, and elected officials to visualize the potential for sustainable, locally owned community development and to mobilize community support behind great ideas.
Our community partners used the text message petitions to launch their idea to the next level. For example, the data can be presented to banks to help convince them to give loans, or to local government to ensure support from elected officials.
The project is produced in partnership with Magnum Foundation. The SEE POTENTIAL project was made possible through the generous support of Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, Compton Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, and our 377 Kickstarter backers, with special thanks to Cushing Printing & Digital Communications.