On January 7, 2008 Nike unveiled three community billboards across the New York metropolitan area featuring photography from youth living in its surrounding communities. Together with the Department of Youth & Community Development Beacon Programs, The Community Billboard Project was created as a vehicle for youth to exhibit their connection to their community through photography. Ninety youth members of such community centers as the Research Foundation of CUNY in Brooklyn, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and The Southern Queens Park Association were armed with disposable cameras and a mission to capture their daily lives in their community through film.
From the many photographs submitted, one image from each community was selected to appear on one of the three Community Billboards in the Brooklyn, Harlem, and Queens metropolitan areas. The three billboards will remain on display until the 27th of January 2008. These Billboards exhibit images captured by Manika Nestor of Brooklyn, Eleny M. Ynoa of Harlem, and Joquin Tatum of Queens. Following the installation of the Billboards, each community center celebrated their winner by hosting open exhibitions of their work for the community and their family and friends.
Brooklyn: Flatbush and Washington Aves.
Queens: Jamaica and Archer Aves.
Harlem: 125 St between Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
More pics and participating centers after the jump…
Photography: Manika Nestor of Brooklyn
Photography: Eleny M. Ynoa of Harlem
Photography: Joquin Tatum of Queens
Research Foundation of CUNY
Middle School 2
655 Parkside Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Tasha Black Harlem Children’s Zone
Middle School 54
103 West 107th Street
New York, NY 10025
Southern Queens Park Association
Middle School 8
108-35 167th Street
Queens, NY 11433