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Connecting Past to Present through Public Art 


Connectivity is at the heart of our public art projects.  

Harbor Voices collects immigration stories, both ancestral and recent, and connects stories of the past to stories of the present in community collaborative public art installations.

Reflecting on our personal histories and local history, we are reminded of the struggles our ancestors once faced. These struggles, though perhaps centuries old, may look similar to the hurdles described in stories of recent immigration.

We strengthen community bonds by finding parallels in our common story. These parallels become visualized in immersive public art experiences.

“My paternal great grandparents immigrated to Gloucester from the Azores. What a lovely tribute
to the past, present, and future people who make Gloucester home.”

—MP MULLIN, Harbor Voices Installation Visitor, December 2017


Connecting to Community Organizations

Local organizations are invited to engage in the creative art of immigration storytelling using our exclusive model, helping the artist generate a comprehensive view of each harbors' ancestral and recent immigrant communities. The artist first works with organizations to better understand a diverse community before launching the storytelling sessions.

Connecting through Storytelling

All are welcome to share their stories, opening a dialogue about their recent arrival to our harbors or their ancestors’ arrivals. Stories are shared orally in any language, and young storytellers are often provided the opportunity to share their stories through artistic expression in various mediums.

Storytelling sessions are held at senior centers, the offices of public officials, public schools, nonprofit support groups, and historical societies, among others.


Mapping Our Interconnectedness

The Artist will create a Map of Connections, visually revealing the interconnectedness between community members, past and present. The Map is the visualized into a temporary light and sound experience, open to all as a free in a public art event.

Our 2017 Exhibitions Included:

"One Hundred Voices, Our Collective Story"

City Hall Auditorium, Gloucester, MA

Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 4 - 8pm

The morning of Friday, December 8th was reserved for daytime field trips and associated artist talks. Field trips aren't just for kids!  We engage across lifespans and welcome seniors and community group visits as well.



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