Kennedy Plaza Portrait Project

Each year, AS220 Youth offers summer employment to 30-40 teens. Employees in the Photo program have spent the last three summers exploring our city’s center, Kennedy Plaza – also known as KP.

KP has seen some hard times. It is the hub of our public transportation system but has a reputation for being seedy and unsafe. Our photographers hope to change people’s perceptions of KP by introducing viewers to commuters on a face-to-face basis.

With funds from the NEA’s Our Town initiative, the City of Providence helped us transform the portraits into a large scale PR project to celebrate Rhode Island’s diversity. Youth worked directly with designers from Nail Communications to create the MOVING campaign.

The portraits are now in circulation via RIPTA’s advertising space. One bus is wrapped with young people’s photographs.