The New Brunswick Community Arts Council, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Highland Park Arts Commission, and the Metuchen Arts Council announced the fourth annual Windows of Understanding public art project, an initiative that unites local artists, organizations and businesses to promote compassion and awareness around social justice issues impacting local communities.
Windows across New Brunswick and Highland Park, as well as an exhibition at the Metuchen Public Library, will be activated as part of this social justice initiative in 2021. Organizers have curated this year’s art and supporting events around the selected issues of food insecurity; healing from trauma; public health; climate change; as well as a focus on youth engagement. Installations will be on view along Church, George, and French streets in New Brunswick, as well as the Rite Aid Windows on the South 4th Avenue Gallery in Highland Park. Virtual programming focused on these issues will provide the community with additional opportunities to talk about the topics and build connections with partnering organizations.
The project launches on Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as a way of paying homage to Dr. King’s legacy with a designated “Day of Understanding.” The run culminates on Sunday, February 28.
“With the countless challenges we faced in 2020, the New Year provides us with even more opportunities to listen, to unite and to heal,” says New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill. “Windows of Understanding will once again serve as a focal point to begin the dialogue that leads us all to a better and fairer world. The pandemic may have forced us apart, but artistic expression, as always, will draw us back together, and maybe even closer than before.”
A Windows of Understanding satellite exhibition dedicated to racial justice opens virtually on February 1 on the American Hungarian Foundation website. Programming will include virtual poetry readings, performances, educational workshops, and panel discussions around social justice themes that will complement the visual displays throughout the run in New Brunswick, Highland Park, and Metuchen.