installation with puzzle pieces, 9′ x 14′, created in collaboration with Aaron Anderson, Denese Sanders, and community volunteers at Open Ground Studios
Pieced Together is a celebration of individuality and community.
By departing from the original intended purpose of the puzzle pieces in order to create large portraits of diverse community members, the artists had to look at each one and appreciate what it has to offer the new image, rather than simply plugging it into an assigned space. The symbolism of this process parallels the primary mission of the You Will Rise Project, empowering young people to overcome bullying, celebrate their individuality, and share their unique talents with the world. This community project would not have been possible without the help of everyone who contributed their time, talent, and creativity.