I'm a happy, exhausted and still delivering pictures and from the show to various families that didn't make it and to some who asked for extra copies. The neighborhood residents loved the event. I confess that I was worried that the people from the neighborhood would feel like outsiders in their own place if too many people came from were not residents of the neighborhood.
In the planning stages of the event we had talked about whether we should invite people from the larger Syracuse community or just make it by invitation only for people who lived around the laundry and on the north side. Ultimately, I decided that the show was in part about creating a space where people from outside of the neighborhood could experience the place in part as I had.
Dave from the auto store.
Yvonne from 690/Beech St. underpass.
Michael Ratner, Sue Stearns, Becky King, and Cindy Carter and her son, and Maggie Hargrave from CYO.
Phil and Mike from contra dance.
Christine from across the street and her daughter, and their neighbors and their kids.
Sadhia who cooked the Somali food and her daughter.
The neighbors all around from Burma, Sudan, Vietnam, and the U.S.
The owners and family came down from upstairs.
My family, Rebecca Garden, Matt Pottigher.
Folks from Art Rage and Lightwork.
Nana came with his drums and Aduke and her daughter Viv.
Doug D from SU came too, and so did Senator DeFranciso, who apparently grew up in this neighborhood and John F. Sgromo, who recognized him. John's son Nicki came and brought Douglass too. John Maggiore, Marnie Hall and Kathy Goodman, and Domnic, and Stasya and Sara from Northside Up, and Rachel and Sophie, Brendan, and Mark, and Joe McCarthy from M&Q. Bre and Jason from Craft Chemistry and more.
Someone called the police, and they came, and then moved along disinterestedly.
And, there were people doing laundry too; the place remained open for business.
Xai and Mike said they want to do it next year too. I'm trying to figure out how to make that possible. I've talked to Horace and Christine about getting them involved and also to John Sgromo and Maggie and to Stasya to see if they can help with some of the on the ground work.
In the meantime, Art Rage has put the pictures in their window for the month of June so you can see a selection of the work there.