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Perception (What's Behind the Door?) Project

De'Amon Harges Indianapolis, IN
2021-24: De’Amon Harges’ canvas is city blocks strewn together, to which he applies his ‘genius for community.’ He listens for and then paints the stories he hears from and sees in his neighbors. He shares the words of wise elders in the neighborhood, printed in extra-large print and on the side of abandoned buildings, reminding people of the wisdom held in that place. Doors on the front of people’s homes tell the stories they have chosen to tell, reminding people of the absolute abundance of life in each household. “Black Wall Street Door,” featured in this exhibition, is one of those doors, painted by neighbor Jamahl Crouch. Chimes formed into the shapes of the gifts of people who live in that house decorate the yard. The next house has a front yard full of flowers, and the next house has a backyard growing over a hundred pounds of peanuts. A bicycle shop, begun at his encouragement, asks young people riding by if they want to fix the bicycles themselves (and even sell some). In the next yard, a neighbor hosts a party with homemade wine. Every avenue offers a festival with plates of food from neighborhood cooks. Photos of parents teaching their children art, math, music, and history adorn the outdoor walls of the building facing the school building in their neighborhood. Harges’ art is not that he did these things. All he did was make the invisible, visible.
De'Amon’s Grantee Cohort

A joint project of the Ministry in the City HUB and Walls-Ortiz Gallery at City Seminary, the Creative Community Care Virtual Residency brought together socially-engaged Christian creatives from New York City, Indianapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Corsicana (Tx) for peer mentor support, learning, and sharing. In 2021, residents developed local projects in their respective cities, exploring creative practices of care in the context of community. Projects engaged the concerns and questions of the pandemic period (mutual aid, care re-imagined for social distance, etc.) at the intersection of the arts, learning, faith, and the city. In 2022, the resident pairs offered public online workshops. In 2024, a traveling group exhibition will be on display, starting in Santa Ana, CA.

De'Amon’s Ministry
Program focus: Arts