Entitled The Future Is Worth The Fight, Just Hold On & You Will See, the mural, painted with support from our Restorative Justice Department’s Women’s Reentry Pilot Program participants, features the portraits and letters of a group of Philadelphia-based high school students and their families. The students examined Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led alternatives to community care and safety that don’t rely on local, state, or federal aid.
Artist Bio: Jess X. Snow is a non-binary film director, artist, pushcart-nominated poet, children’s book author, and community arts educator who creates speculative, queer Asian immigrant stories that transcend borders, binaries, and time.
They are currently the Artist In Residence at the NYU A/P/A Institute. They hold a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is presently an MFA thesis student at NYU Grad Film as an Ang Lee Scholar and BAFTA BBC Diversity Scholar. From Calgary, Canada, by way of Jiangxi, China, they currently live on the unceded lands of the Lenni Lenape / Brooklyn, NY. Through narrative film, large-scale murals, virtual and augmented reality, and community art education, they are working toward a future where migrant and BIPOC folks may witness themselves heroic on the big screen and city walls & discover in their own bodies; a sanctuary for healing and collective liberation.