This community arts initiative will be crowd-funded with a Kickstarter campaign, launching on April 17th, with a goal of $48,000 to fund the work for an entire year. Zimmerman is working with elected officials, Community Boards and neighborhood associations to maximize outreach and community involvement.
About The Free Portrait Project
The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights creates a portrait of a place through its people. Giving 200 portraits to residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn in one year, Zimmerman renders a physical snapshot of the neighborhood as it cycles through gentrification. In doing so, Zimmerman explores the commonality of seemingly disparate communities within one neighborhood, crafts a time capsule amid rapidly shifting demographics, promotes community engagement and up-ends the tradition of portraiture being reserved for the wealthy few by giving these paintings to their subjects at no cost.
About Rusty Zimmerman
Rusty Zimmerman is the portrait artist and campaign poster designer to Governor Andrew Cuomo. He has lectured at Wellesley College and will be guest-lecturing at Harvard University in the Fall. Zimmerman has lived and worked in Crown Heights for 5+ years and calls it home.
To learn more about The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights, please contact: