On Wednesday, December 13, Lancaster Public Art, Church World Service, League of Women Voters, Latinx Lancaster, Lancaster Stands Up and Invisible Americans will host Emerson Collective, a social justice organization that is touring the country to produce Inside Out/ Dreamers, in Lancaster City. The project takes part in Inside Out, a global participatory art project initiated by the award-winning artist JR to pay tribute to the power and dignity of individuals by displaying their portraits in public spaces around the world. People share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.
Emerson Collective will create an installation at 101 North Queen Street designed to express solidarity with the Dreamer population. The installation calls for groups and the public to participate in taking a selfie in their traveling photo truck. Anyone and everyone who want to shed light on the struggle of the Dreamer population in Lancaster can participate at any time throughout the day. Each selfie is immediately printed from the truck, and then will be adhered to the former Bulova building to create a temporary mural. The mural will last up to 3 weeks, and will be moved once it begins to deteriorate.
Beyond any political debate about Dreamers, these portraits remind us that behind the policies are real human stories that are deeply rooted in the story of this country. Inside Out/ Dreamers aims to represent the diversity and unity of people that can call America home. It is a nationwide participatory art initiative aimed at creating a portrait of America that includes immigrants and the descendants of immigrants alike.