Witnessing and Witness: Perspectives on Police Violence were developed with a host of organizations working on police reform and advocating on behalf of victims and their families. These organizations include the New York Civil Liberties Union, The Center for Constitutional Rights, The National Action Network, Parents Against Police Brutality, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, The National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights, The Anthony Baez Foundation and Youth Force.
Witnessing is funded by a grant from the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, a partnership with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Dumbo Improvement District as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The installation would not be possible without the generous support of public art initiatives by Two Trees Management, the permission of Jacqueline Tarry and the support of curator Scott Propeack.
To further activate the site and add context to the themes underlying Witnessing, a series of associated programming will take place in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA).
About the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund
The Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, a partnership of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Dumbo Improvement District, provides grants for eligible public art, performance, and accessibility projects that serve to enhance public space, increase access to cultural programming, and connect the neighborhoods of the Downtown Brooklyn area. Funding for these transformative grants has been provided by New York State through its Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Part of New York State’s approach to create vibrant neighborhoods and boost local economies, DRI investments are a crucial part of the State’s strategy to revitalize communities.
About Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA)
MoCADA centers art as a vehicle for social change, while celebrating the shared history, values, and futures of Africa and the diaspora. Through exhibitions, education, and community, MoCADA provides a platform to artists and other “voices” who create work that is essential to Black lives; fosters dynamic safe spaces to incite dialogue on pressing sociopolitical issues facing Africa and the diaspora; and advocates for equity and access on every level.
About Conjunction Arts
Conjunction Arts supports collaboration around compelling, socially progressive art within the public sphere, and broadening the creative community’s participation in building a more just and equitable society by raising awareness and collaborating with artists working for social change. Conjunction Arts produces artist-driven projects that inspire action, impact public discourse, and influence decision makers. In 1998-2001 Conjunction Arts produced the multi phased project Witness Perspectives on Police Violence, by Bradley McCallum in collaboration with Jacqueline Tarry.