In February, Media and Storytelling Manager Emma Colón visited artist Ariana Faye Allensworth in her home in Bed-Stuy. During their conversation, Ariana shared about her current project Staying Power, and how she became involved in using mapping as a strategy for amplifying data and action around gentrification, public housing, and housing instability. As part of Staying Power, Ariana will be creating a series of oral histories and visuals in collaboration with NYCHA residents as a way of centering resident narratives of their experiences in public housing.
This is part of a series of original writing, video, and interviews on the themes of mapping, understanding place, and celebrating the value of our localities. The series explores how both data and interpersonal relationships form the basis of how a place is understood, by those who live there and those who do not, and how art and creativity can impact that understanding. Follow the series on our blog.