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Help us honor and celebrate our heritage and future as a nation of immigrants through this photographic portrait installation.
Help us honor and celebrate our heritage and future as a nation of immigrants through this photographic portrait installation.
66 backers pledged $10,822 to help bring this project to life.

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"WE ARE: A Nation of Immigrants" is a large-scale public art installation, designed to uplift the voices of immigrants

This extraordinary public art exhibit features larger-than-life portraits of local immigrants, which will be hung on the churches of the historic New Haven Green and surrounding areas. These 25-foot photographic portraits underscore our common humanity, bringing immigrants of diverse backgrounds into the public square to be seen, contemplated and appreciated. Whether recent citizens or longtime residents, documented or undocumented, eager travelers or fleeing refugees, these courageous men and women continue to form the heart of our sanctuary city and to define our country.

"WE ARE" celebrates immigrants from all corners of the world
"WE ARE" celebrates immigrants from all corners of the world

 From the beginning immigrants founded, forged, and fostered our settlements. Over the centuries they broke ground for new technologies, industries and processes to enlighten our existence, and build a better tomorrow. The public arts installation, "WE ARE: A Nation of Immigrants" acknowledges and celebrates refugees and immigrants. It seeks to build stronger and more tolerant communities by building familiarity and awareness, and revealing what is already there, the common and inherent dignity we all possess. Through his bold yet intimate portraits, photographer Joe Standart invites us to be more aware and compassionate. 

The "WE ARE" team is extremely grateful for the help and support of IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), Junta, ULA and others. This project has been initiated in part to support their efforts. 

Help us raise $10,000 to print and hang these dignified portraits

We are turning to the Kickstarter community for help in funding the installation of this exhibit. It includes the printing and installation of 14 large photographic murals, measuring 9' x 25,' many of which will be presented on the walls of the historic churches on the New Haven Green - thus linking today's immigrants with our heritage as a country founded and nurtured by immigrants.

This Kickstarter is a small but important part of this project. We are hoping to far surpass the stated goal, which will allow us to exceed expectations for this installation and community outreach. Have fun and think generous!

"WE ARE" is proud and grateful for the support of Trinity Church (pictured here) along with that of  Center Church and United Church for presenting many of the portraits.
"WE ARE" is proud and grateful for the support of Trinity Church (pictured here) along with that of Center Church and United Church for presenting many of the portraits.

The murals will be installed in various parts of the city, including on the historic Pirelli building at IKEA New Haven...

Thanks to the generosity and desire to support our immigrants, IKEA New Haven has granted permission to present our portrait on the iconic Pirelli building immediately off of I-95, which 200,000 people pass by every day.  The portrait will measure 48' x 68'. IKEA New Haven will also sponsor the installation of this image.

1-½” stainless steel frames, standing 8' tall (see below), are being constructed to continue presenting the story and to visually link the murals on the churches. Clustered in one of Connecticut's most historic and beautiful community greens, the installation is designed to offer a more intimate, face-to-face, contemplative encounter with the portraits. The frames placement on the highly trafficked Green demands that they be extremely sturdy and safe.

Monoliths and Images on Center Church.
Monoliths and Images on Center Church.

This exhibit invites the local community, visitors to New Haven, all immigrants, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and graduates of multiple colleges/universities and their visiting families to consider the role and place of the American immigrant at a critical time, when national immigration policy is being crafted. The exhibit will run from May – September, with the portraits and DACA histories used in creative ways to bring attention to our nation of immigrants. The project may travel to other cities.

Mark your calendars for these dates. Join us at our Opening Celebration:

  • April 21, 2018: Naturalization Ceremony
  • April 24, 2018: City of New Haven 380th Anniversary
  • June 8, 2018: Opening Celebration
  • August 15, 2018: Exhibit Closing

The core installation consists of approximately 8 large-scale (25 foot high), dignified portraits of refugees and immigrants attached to the exterior walls of the three Churches on the Green and to other venues. The 20 monolithic structures link the churches. Additionally, Portrait banners will be on display in various parts of the city including on the Library, on City Hall, and other structures.The exhibit will be installed over a period of time allowing us to celebrate several city events in the process: A Naturalization ceremony on April 21, The 380th Anniversary of the founding of the City on April 24th, and the graduation of several universities and colleges during the week of May 21st. The official opening will take place on Friday, June 8 at 6 PM at the west end of Center Church - the day before the opening of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. All are invited – We expect an audience of well over 220,000. The Exhibit will close on August 15.

Our Team:   Our team is made of of individuals passionate about building a stronger New Haven and country, and includes Andy Wolf, Director of the City's Division of Culture and Tourism, Jennifer Aniskovich, not for-profit advisor, Duo Dickinson, architect and conservator for Trinity Church on the Green, Lucy McClure, organizing director on Nasty Women New Haven, Randi McCray, director of UrbanCollective, Reverend Kevin Ewing, pastor of Center Church on the Green, and others.

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Exhibition Poster

A special limited edition, 18" x 24" version of our exhibition poster will be available as a reward for contributions at the $60+ level. Edition will be 30 prints, hand numbered and signed by Joe Standart.

18" x 24" Limited Edition (30) Print of Exhibition Poster, hand-numbered and signed by photographer Joe Standart
18" x 24" Limited Edition (30) Print of Exhibition Poster, hand-numbered and signed by photographer Joe Standart

Risks and challenges

This project is fully supported by the City of New Haven, by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, and by many other groups.

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    Your gift: Have Your Name included on our website's Thank You page - You are now a partner in our adventure! Welcome aboard!

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    Logo as screensaver

    Download a our logo as your screensaver! - A great reminder that we need to be vigilant to make sure we are always a nation of immigrants.

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    Screensaver of the WE ARE Logo

    Download a montage of our most compelling portraits for your screensaver - a daily reminder that we must safeguard our heritage as a nation of Immigrants.

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    Lapel Pin

    We have created a handsome pin with our WE ARE A Nation of Immigrants logo - The pin is yours plus your name on the website's Thank You page.

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    Post Cards

    20 Postcards for mailing to all your friends with the handsome WE ARE A Nation of Immigrants logo printed on the front + your name on the website's Thank You page.

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    Your Name on the Green

    Your name printed in small type on a thank you plaque displayed on the Green with the exhibition. + your name on the website's Thank You page.

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    T-Shirt with Logo

    One limited edition T-shirt designed by the renowned David Rosenthal. Order early while we have all sizes.

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    Poster

    1 - "WE ARE" Exhibition Poster 18" x 24" - This is special limited edition version. Each will be hand numbered and signed by the photographer.

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    Name on the Green + T-shirt

    Your name printed on the Thank You plaque at the exhibit on the Green in larger type plus a t-shirt designed by David Rosenthal

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    Digital Copy of Exhibit Catalog

    A Handsome Catalog will be designed to remember the exhibit by, and you will be able to download the digital version. + your name on the Thank You page of the website

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    Invitation to the Opening

    Invitation by email to the VIP exhibition opening to be held on June 8 on the Green, plus your name printed on the Thank You plaque at the exhibit on the Green.

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    Exhibition Tour with Joe Standart

    Tour of the exhibit with photographer Joe Standart. Price is per person. Groups limited to 8. Tour times during the run of the show will be posted with Kickstarter's successful funding.

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    Private Tour and ...

    Private tour of the exhibit with the photographer for you and up to 3 friends. Plus a digital copy of the catalog, Plus a T-shirt and a pin.

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    Take your portrait!

    Your portrait taken by Joe Standart in his studio in Lyme CT. You will receive one 11x14" print on glossy paper. Portrait to be taken at a mutually agreed upon time before September 30, 2018. This can be a tax deductible reward by making it at http://www.portraitofamerica.org/newhaven/support-opportunities/ and notifying Joe@JoeStandart.com.

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