Three Nights of RAW Video Projections Precede HOME Exhibit, Opening Thursday

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Raw Art Works unveils new video installation celebrating HOME


From Raw Art Works –

Raw Art Works (RAW) is a nonprofit organization working to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth. RAW invites the Lynn community, for three nights, to experience a video installation, HOME. During this installation, RAW will project images of “home” onto spaces and buildings in the downtown area. “Come celebrate our home of Lynn, while being transported to the distant countries of Cambodia, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala, as seen through the eyes of RAW’s teen filmmakers,” says Chris Gaines, Artistic Director of RAW’s Real to Reel Filmschool. RAW’s Filmschool is a six-year digital film program for middle school and high school youth. (Read more below poster…)

First- and second-generation immigrants constantly straddle the line between their family’s cultural traditions and their own longing to fit in as Americans. This past summer, Real to Reel facilitated a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in which students traveled to their family’s country of origin, documenting their experience every step of the way. In each country (Cambodia, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala), students captured footage for their own personal documentaries and virtual reality films.

Their project will culminate in the exhibition of a video installation that emotionally transports many individuals in Lynn’s immigrant population back to their home countries. For three days, scenes of daily life from Lynn and students’ home countries will be projected onto selected buildings and locations in the downtown area, igniting curiosity and promoting new connections with neighbors.

  • On Monday, May 15th, Real to Reel will project images onto City Hall.
  • On Tuesday, May 16th, they will project onto a screen, facing the Lynnway, right next to R&B Consignments.
  • On Wednesday, May 17th, they will project onto 23 Central Avenue, the flatiron building next to the downtown Post Office.
  • Each evening, the projections will screen from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Thursday, May 18th, the video installation will move into RAW’s gallery, where it will be included as part of RAW’s opening reception for HOME, RAW’s newest exhibition of over 200 art peices created by RAW youth, exploring many aspects of home. The exhibition opening is free and open to the public. The opening starts at 6 p.m. Throughout the evening, residents are encouraged to say ‘hi,’ honk, wave, and show their love for the city of Lynn. After the exhibit opening, the video projections will live as an exhibit in RAW’s art gallery, filling our street-facing windows with vibrant and diverse visions of daily life throughout the globe.

HOME, RAW’s newest exhibition has been heavily supported by software giant, Adobe. In 2015, Adobe searched worldwide for the top youth arts organizations to grant the Adobe Creative Catalyst Awards. RAW was one of just seven organizations in the world to receive this designation. As a Creative Catalyst, RAW was invited to apply for Adobe’s Innovation Grant. RAW developed a unique proposal around the theme of home and was awarded a grant to introduce new technology into our programming. The grant is also funding a series of productions and projects focused on telling uniquely American stories about immigration, home, and belonging. The Innovation Grant has been awarded to only three other organizations in the United States, and none on the East Coast.

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