Meet our 2015 Fellows!
Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?
Candy Chang is a big one. Her work creates visible dialogues within neighborhoods and amongst neighbors with simple stuff like stickers and markers. She shows over and over again that starting a conversation is mostly just about the starting; what happens next is up to the participants.
Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?
For me, East River Park early in the morning is everything that’s right about living in New York. It’s a bunch of people doing their thing all at once without any real collision—a bunch of individuals moving in some weird unison. Also, it’s industrial stuff plus natural stuff, which is just plain pretty.
What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?
Oh man, so many! I’ll stick to books: Museum of Complaint, an accidental history of New York comprised of a bunch of letters to the mayor penned since the early 1700’s. It chronicles what’s annoying New Yorkers about New York at a certain time, and it’s hilarious. Sidewalk, which tells real stories about the professional lives of sidewalk booksellers in the West Village. And maybe Mapping Manhattan, a project in book-form that asks people to map their version of Manhattan. (My favorite map is entirely blank except one dot near Central Park with the caption “Where I met my wife.”)
Sarah Lidgus uses whatever feels right—art or design, teaching or talking—to start conversations about how cities can be friendlier places for their citizens.