The vision for this public art project is to transform our “main street” spaces into literal windows of understanding; spaces in which the community can learn about the positive strides being made by local organizations around a wide array of social justice issues that don’t make daily headlines. Windows of Understanding is a creative, community-building response to the negativity and hate being perpetuated in today’s media landscape. Our belief is that through visual language, artists can communicate methods of understanding in powerful ways that cut across cultural boundaries.  

Now in its third year, over 20 non-profit organizations will be paired with an artist facilitator to create an original work of art that answers the question: "How do we see through hate?".  The works will be on display at venues throughout New Brunswick and Highland Park, NJ from January 20- February 29, 2020. 

Programming such as walking tours, “Tables of Understanding” events at local restaurants, poetry readings, performances, educational workshops, and film screenings complement the visual displays throughout the run.


New Brunswick Community Arts Council

Comprised of leaders from across the Arts sector appointed by the Mayor to serve three year terms, the New Brunswick Community Arts Council exists to promote a diverse range of Art and Culture throughout the city. “Windows of Understanding” is a pilot project that complements the council’s existing programs such as “Paint the Town” and the annual New Brunswick Holiday Market.

Mason Gross School of the Arts at
Rutgers University

Founded in 1976, Mason Gross School of the Arts is the flagship public arts conservatory of New Jersey and is part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a leading Big Ten public research university serving more than 65,000 students, the nation’s eighth-oldest institution of higher learning, and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The school is home to the departments of Art & Design, Dance, Music,  and Theater as well as the Extension Division, Rutgers Arts Online, and the Rutgers Filmmaking Center.

The Highland Park Arts Commission

The purpose of the Arts Commission is to support and facilitate cultural programs in Highland Park for the benefit of its residents. Such programs may include, but are not limited to, dance, theatre, music, visual arts, poetry, spoken word, culinary arts, fashion design, paper arts, woodworking and interdisciplinary art forms. Of particular interest to the Arts Commission is both the inclusion of diverse cultural programming and the training of students (of any age) in these art forms.

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