(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 24, 2013) — A participatory public art project designed to put a face on America’s diversity through immigrants and descendants of immigrants will be created and on display at Scottsdale Community College Thursday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The mobile art project, called “Inside Out/11m: A Portrait of America,” is part of a movement ignited by award-winning artist JR more than 10 years ago to encourage people globally to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.
Sponsored by SCC’s Inclusiveness Council and the Council’s Student Leadership team, this U.S.-based project seeks to create a portrait of America that celebrates the country’s immigrant roots. 11m refers to the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
The project creates poster-size portraits of community participants and places them on walls to create a massive mosaic. The portraits are taken in a mobile photography van at the site and printed immediately. The mosaic is removed on the same day.
So far, mosaics have been created in numerous U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas and Dallas. The project will be carried out on three consecutive days in the Phoenix area, with the last installation at SCC on the East Patio of the Student Center.
For more information about the project, visit http://www.insideoutproject.net/11m/ or http://www.jr-art.net/videos/inside-out-the-movie-trailer.
Media seeking strong visual opportunities are encouraged to visit the project in the afternoon/early evening as the mosaic take shape.