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Neighborhood Portrait Series

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About the Project

The Neighborhood Portrait Series will be a sequence of city-wide community events that will invite people to come together and share stories about their neighborhood thus creating a “portrait” of the neighborhood as seen by its own community members. In addition to personal stories, the events will showcase poetry, music, and other art inspired by the neighborhood as well as open discussion forums and participatory activities that offer avenues for all attendees to participate. The goal is to strengthen community connections and build a neighborly spirit through the sharing of stories and art. The end result will be community-constructed portraits of the neighborhood through video that will be shared via a blog – a living document.



  Bridget Bartolini is a New Yorker who passionately loves her city and wants to make it a better place to live. Her creative practice is grounded in storytelling and community education, and partially inspired by her frustration with the lack of cultural programming in areas like where she grew up in Queens. In 2011, while getting her Masters degree in Community Education from Columbia University, she began producing public programs that pay homage to the people and places in New York that are often overlooked. In April 2013, Bridget launched the Five Boro Story Project to create community storytelling programs that bring New Yorkers together through personal stories and art inspired by their neighborhoods. Since then she has produced storytelling and arts events in all five boroughs.


    • November 7

LES is More: Stories of Growing Up on the Lower East Side City Lore (56 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003)

  • October 24

Stories at Sunset Sunset Park Recreation Center (7th Avenue at 43rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11232)

    • August 9

Summers on Staten Island Staten Island Museum (75 Stuyvesant Pl, St. George)

  • July 20

Queens Documented Terraza 7 (40-19 Gleane St, Elmhurst)

  • June 21

Back in the Day at Poe Park: A Bronx Storytelling and Music Festival


selected PRESS

“Stories at Sunset” Gives Neighborhood a Voice Storytelling in Queens   Five Boro Story Project Press Page


The LP Interview with Bridget Bartolini

Artist Website

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