June 19, 2020 - July 5, 2020
” #ThanksPelham was created in order to establish a voice for the unheard and to create a safe space for the unseen victims that experienced and witnessed racism in the small town of Pelham/Pelham Manor. This journey started with sharing my own experiences of racism in Pelham. After receiving overwhelming feedback and being contacted by countless victims with untold stories of numerous accounts of racist and prejudice experiences, I felt compelled to have their voices heard. This movement is intended to bring awareness to the injustices people of color face in a predominately white setting. My mission will hopefully start a well-needed conversation about the racism that has plagued this town and to begin an initiative to better equip Pelham to become an inclusive society for all of those within and around its community. Feel free to use this hashtag to share your experiences, or send us an email at thankspe[email protected] and we will add your story to the project.”
-Sabrina Harrison, Co-Curator, Organizer
Astiney Montiel, Facilitator
Paula Wood, Producer
Pelham Art Center stands by the ideals that art is a place for all voices to be heard. Art can be a vehicle for change and social justice. The first step to fixing a problem is recognizing the problem. This public art installation brings to light memories of racism that are installed like laundry hung out to dry on a line. Public Art can be a platform for conversations. We hope that this project encourages healing and empathy through the recognition of racism.