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Windows of Understanding Public Art Project Returns for 2020

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The New Brunswick Community Arts Council, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and the Highland Park Arts Commission announce the third annual “Windows of Understanding” public art project, an initiative that unites local artists, organizations, and businesses to promote compassion and awareness around social justice issues impacting local communities.

Nearly two dozen windows across New Brunswick and Highland Park will be activated as part of this social justice initiative in 2020. Organizers have curated this year’s art and supporting events around the selected issues of: food insecurity; immigration; LGBTQIA issues; mass incarceration & human trafficking; mental health; and violence. Installations will be on view along Church, George and French streets in New Brunswick, as well as the Rite Aid Windows on 4th Gallery in Highland Park. Free art workshops, screenings, and other events focused on these issues will provide the community with additional opportunities to talk about the topics and build connections with partnering organizations.

The project launches on Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as a way of paying homage to Dr. King’s legacy with a designated “Day of Understanding.” The public is invited to a prix-fixe kick-off lunch at Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe organized by Elijah’s Promise. The run culminates on Thursday, February 27, with a public closing exhibition reception at Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick. All events are free.

This year’s roster of artists is exceptionally diverse and inter-generational, featuring a range from middle school student artists to older persons. Students at New Brunswick Middle School and High School have selected to delve into the issue of gun violence for their respective installations. Mental health is another issue that has moved to the forefront this season, with artists actively working to combat associated stigmas.

For more information on Windows of Understanding, including a complete list of featured organizations, participating storefronts, and a full calendar of free events, please visit www.windowsofunderstanding.org. On Instagram at @windowsofunderstanding, #weseethroughhate.