Poverty and Inequality: Our Stories
Sacred Heart University will host “Poverty and Inequality: Our Stories” in the Art & Design Gallery, starting with an opening reception on Tuesday, October 25, from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between students and faculty from Sacred Heart University and PT Partners, a community-organizing initiative based at PT Barnum Apartments in Bridgeport.
The project began in 2014 with an oral history project involving PT Barnum residents who were interviewed by students in Professor Gerald Reid’s sociology course, “Poverty and Inequality in the United States.” The goal of the partnership was to bring students and community neighbors together to educate, support and affirm one another. The testimonies that form the centerpiece of the exhibit derive from the oral history project.
The exhibit was designed by Art & Design Professor Jon Walker and the original photography was created by student Gianna Iannotti. The exhibit features large-scale graphics that attempt to humanize the data collected by Reid and his students, while also featuring the faces and stories of the real people of P.T. Barnum Apartments who helped create this story.
The opening reception is free and open to the public.