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We’re thrilled to announce our Listening Lab was the winner of best the Community Engagement-Community Outreach category in the inaugural Anthem Awards Social Impact Celebration! The celebration took place on Monday, February 28, 2022, during the first annual Anthem Voices virtual conference and award show. 

Click here to watch our acceptance speech.

Listening Lab was established in partnership with The Door’s Youth Leadership Program Art Plus People. The 18-week training program began during a time of heightened social isolation and divisive political unrest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To explore this challenge, five emerging artists from The Door and a multidisciplinary team of artists, healers, community activists, coaches, and creative professionals worked together to explore how to co-create a work of art in public space through a series of public activations. The multifaceted team has traveled to all five boroughs of NYC and invites passersby to converse, reflect, and connect on how our lives have changed since March 2020.

During the program Youth Leaders learned approaches from different community builders, and a synthesis of their ideas and inspirations formed a vision of reversing COVID-19’s degradation of social systems. With the goal of establishing soft connections, the team designed a series of public activations that invited strangers to sit at a table for a recorded conversation, offering a serendipitous opportunity to be seen and heard.

There is an exciting opportunity to experience this stunning work at The Whitney Museum coming soon. The exhibition is the culmination of the group’s work to this point, a moving collection of audio and visual materials from their time listening in shared space. Attendees will also be invited to share a story of their own during an interactive performance. 

This exciting exhibition will take place on March 18, 2022 from 12:30-8:30pm in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater and Gallery at The Whitney Museum. The event is free with museum admission. 

We hope to see you there.