This project is designed to capture stories from the past for future generations to understand their history as well as to start conversations about cultural norms existing currently in the communities that live together in Northview Heights, a public housing project from the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. This is with the intention neighbors from different backgrounds can understand and connect to one another better, and so service organizations in the area will be better equipped to manage their own expectations and projects in response to the community they are working with.This project is also meant to honor the experiences of youth growing up in modern American society and the complicated transition many families are facing in a new country.
Check back to find new videos answering questions about things like time, community problem solving, parenting, youth experiences, and dreams for the future.
This project is by artist Lindsey Peck Scherloum and the following collaborators who recruited and interviewed the subjects of the videos, managed equipment, created artwork, and processed and translated interviews:
Special thanks to Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh; Sargent Lewis, Reggie Smith and staff at Northview Heights Police Substation; Sallyann, Kahmeela, Rachel, Derek and Divya from the Office of Public Art; the staff at the Urban League's Northview Heights Family Support Center; Kristin Tsapis, Jenna Baron, Barbara Murock, Sara Cole, Lesley Eisenman, and Becky Johnson for their input about interview topics; Dave, Lorrie, Monica, and Rachel and everyone else from In the Steps of Boaz; and the families of everyone involved in this project for their support.
The Color of Strength is a project by artist Lindsey Peck Scherloum in collaboration with United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh with sponsorship by the Office of Public Art’s Residency program and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Buhl Foundation; City of Pittsburgh; The Fine Foundation; Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation; Opportunity Fund; PA Partners in the Arts; and The Pittsburgh Foundation.