A photography and poetry public art project created by the super powered children of NYC, and poet and photographer, Karen Zusman.

As seen on ABC Channel 7 News, and in the New York Times

Along the Eastern Parkway side of the Dr. Ronald McNair Park. Exhibit continues on the Washington Avenue side.

In the summer of 2020, during the height of the pandemic and our country’s moment of social reckoning, I began thinking about the children for whom the outcome of protests would matter most.

This project is a collaboration between some of those children and me.

Over the course of the last two years, we worked together on the portraits and poems that you see here, and that will be on display at the Dr. Ronald McNair Park in Brooklyn, NY from July 14-September 30, 2022, installed along the fencing on Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue.

This project was created through free poetry workshops followed up with one-on-one zoom sessions, where the children reflected on their super powers.

We made our portraits in the stretch of sand that connects Coney Island to Brighton Beach. Where the inherent elements—birds, clouds, water and sky—represent freedom and a child’s unlimited potential.

From our July 20, 2022 workshop with our summer educator, Kellie Diodato, and some of your young poets who came out. Their poems will be on view in the Youth Wing at the Brooklyn Central Library starting July 26, 2022.