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Beyond Memorial, Space Bingo activity, community workhsops in East Harlem, 2023.

Programs included sessions with youth from three East Harlem public housing developments to address tensions between them. Subsequently, workshops also took place with the Brownsville Keepers at the Brownsville Community Justice Center to build on one of the three site themes highlighted from Oni’s engagement with the Brownsville Keepers the previous year.

Last year the (10 total) Keepers completed the first round of the Beyond Memorial process co-organized with Alexis Takahashi, BCJC Program Manager. For resistance, youth participants developed a sacred sites tour and highlighted 3 different areas: Pitkin and Junius, Dr. Green Playground, and Rockaway ave 3 train stop on Livonia.

Immanuel Oni, Beyond Memorial, Brownsville Keepers of BCJC presenting AI activations envisioning revitalizations for the Rockaway Train Stop, Brownsville. October 11, 2023 site walk. Photo by Destiny Mata.

Beyond Memorial: Site Walk with Immanuel Oni

When: October 11th, 2023 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Where: Brownsville, Brooklyn; Rockaway Avenue 3 Train Station

More Art hosted a guided walking tour of Beyond Memorial street light prototypes installed in Brownsville, Brooklyn, led Immanuel Oni and youth participants from participatory workshops at the Brownsville Community Justice Center (BCJC).

The walking tour was followed by an outdoor film screening hosted by BCJC which reanimated a former movie theater, The Pitkin, that was once a community hub. The outdoor screening took place where the Pitkin roughly stood, and is meant to prefigure a movie theater experience for the Brownsville community which otherwise has none.


Destiny Mata, Alexis Takahashi, Eugene Rodriguez, Rev. LF Shannon



Youth Action YouthBuild and the Brownsville Community Justice Center (BCJC).



Beyond Memorial was selected through an open call as More Art’s 2023 Engaging Artist Commission. Proposals for the 2023 commission were reviewed and selected by a jury composed of Floor Grootenhuis (artist and Engaging Artists Fellowship alumnus), Kendal Henry (Artist, Curator and Assistant Commissioner, Public Art at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs), Elizabeth Masella (Senior Public Art Coordinator at NYC Department of Parks & Recreation), Prerana Reddy (Artist & Community Fellow at Recess), and current More Art staff.

This project was supported in part by the Mattise Foundation.