Inside Out NHV

SeeClickFix is all about helping citizens to engage constructively with their communities. We don't just do this through technology; we like to roll up our sleeves and use our own elbow grease to contribute to our neighborhood.

One of the ways we've done this here in New Haven is to help out with the beautification of an underpass down the street from our office. Last Spring, we broke out our work gloves and reflective vests to help plant a few trees. This year, along with friends from the neighborhood, we're helping to bring the Inside Out project to New Haven.
Inside Out is "A global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art." In practice, it involves posting enlarged photographs op individuals who live a neighborhood in a prominent public location. This helps to humanize and personalize what could be an otherwise drab public space by capturing what is special about the area. The project was started by French artist JR, who explains his vision for the project in this TED talk.

This past Saturday was the first day of photography, and it was a lot of fun. People who live near one another, but may have never actually interacted, were brought together in common cause. It was a refreshing experience of community, and it was only the first day! Anyone who is in the New Haven area should keep an eye out for ways to participate in the future, and those of you who are not familiar with Inside Out should think about bringing it to your hood.

Some of the pictures from the day can be seen here. If you're interested in supporting this effort, please consider making a donation here.