A Public Art Update:
One of the most endearing things about the arts is its power to bring people together. That’s what we had in mind when we initiated a major public art project that would be sewn by many hands in the community. Unfortunately, the social distancing that is required due to the COVID-19 virus has curtailed our sewing sessions and we need more time to complete Metropolis Sunrise, the monumental work of public art by artist Amanda Browder.
While the unveiling of the work was originally scheduled for May 2020, we now need to move the installation date forward to allow time to complete the work. Once it is safe to gather, we will resume sewing sessions. In the meantime, we are considering the feasibility of some “Zoom” sewing sessions.
Collectively, we have sewn an incredible 6,500 square-feet of fabric, which means that we are two-thirds of the way towards completing our goal of sewing 10,000 square-feet! We have rallied a staggering number of volunteers—some 400 individuals—and partners who are recognized on the Honor Roll list below. Metropolis Sunrise is fundamentally, an expression of a community working together to bring beauty and vibrancy to their shared living space. During these times, such connectivity is more important than ever. ArtsWestchester will continue to find ways of connecting around public art-making and placemaking. We ask that you stay in touch with us as we work to complete and celebrate the entirety of this project.
We thank Amanda, our volunteers and our partners for their contributions to this project! Click here for a full list of contributors.
Janet T. Langsam
and the Entire ArtsWestchester Team
Listen to our new Sewing Community Podcast!
ArtsWestchester’s large-scale fabric installation with artist Amanda Browder was put on hold due to COVID-19. To celebrate the work, ArtsWestchester has launch a new podcast, “Sewing Community,” providing sewers who have worked on this project the chance to share their stories and experiences and inspire others to join the project when it resumes.
ArtsWestchester presents Metropolis Sunrise by Amanda Browder
Help ArtsWestchester match a NYS grant of $49,500!
This project is made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
10,000 Square Feet of
Donated and Recycled Fabric
Yards of Thread
For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathleen Reckling, Director of Public Programs.
ABOUT AMANDA BROWDER
Amanda Browder is a Brooklyn-based installation artist known for her large-scale fabric installations on building exteriors and other public sites. Her work incorporates donated materials and local volunteers, creating site-specific art. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Transformation Fellowship from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.