New Brunswick & Highland Park
Sonya Elefante, "Moving Through", detail.
Representing Garden of Healing
This piece is inspired by the ways in which yoga, breathwork, meditation and movement can aid in healing from trauma. The 5 figures represent various stages of healing, and the colors used are based off the 5 Koshas – or bodies – of yoga practice. The transition shown is meant to depict gradual stages and forms of healing as they relate to yoga practice, and to represent hope throughout the process of transformation.
Krishna Schroth, "Home is Where the Heart is."
Representing Healthier Middlesex
The New Brunswick Healthy Housing Collaborative strives to ensure that residents have a safe and healthy home. They provide a voice for the community and also tackle issues that have accompanied COVID-19 such as providing masks and educating residents on how to stay safe in the pandemic. With a strong emphasis on connection and collaboration, this piece aims to celebrate the dignity and resiliency of these community workers, known as “promovedoras”.
Hiawatha Cuffee, "Rise"
Representing NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services
655 prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents were incarcerated in 2020. Many of them may be family, friends or members of our own community who are reentering back into society. This piece represents the struggles that prisoners go through entering back into society and the hope that independence and freedom can be achieved. It is dedicated to those incarcerated, reentering society, as well as those assisting them.