The Hope Tree Art Exhibition is an exhibition of artworks made by and for the North End communities, that is on view in Miantonomi Park from August 15 – October 15, 2020. The Arts & Culture Working Group of the Newport Health Equity Zone invited individuals, families, groups and organizations who are based, live or work in the North End to participate by creating an artwork to be on display in the Park this summer and fall. Materials were provided at no cost to participants thanks to support from Newport Solar, True Value One Stop Building Supply Center in Newport, Newport Hardware, and the Newport Art Museum.
This temporary public art exhibition, now in its third year, seeks to celebrate the strength, diversity, hopes and voices of the North End neighborhood. This year, Hope Tree makers selected an affirming word to use as the theme for their artwork, which was painted on canvas by local Newport Public Art muralist Jy-Tique Harris. Participants then embellished their canvas with related stories, images, poems, and decorations. The resulting original artworks are displayed wrapped around large tree trunks in Miantonomi Park for all visitors to enjoy.
HOPE: Dianne Ford and family
PRIDE: Daniel Cano and Sean O’Connor for Newport Out
POWER: Taryn Mazza and family for Newport Public Art
JUSTICE: Latisha Michel, Rex LeBeau, Natalie Harris and Jean Reisman for the Newport Health Equity Zone
LOVE: Breeyanna King and family
HUMANITY: Lisa Kerr, Nycole Matthews, Chris Gross for College Unbound Aquidneck Island
SOLIDARITY: Cara Willi and family
ARTS: Nancy McAuliffe, Harle Tinney and Susan Woythaler for The Newport County Arts & Cultural Alliance
JOY: Melissa Seitz and clients for Looking Upwards
VOICE: Laura Berry and clients for Creative Communities Collaborative
LEGACY: Jy-Tique Harris
EQUALITY: Deborah James L. Maher Center
Lettering on all canvases was created by muralist Jy-Tique Harris
About the Newport Health Equity Zone
The Newport Health Equity Zone is a city-wide coalition mobilizing residents and resources of the Broadway and North End neighborhoods to make Newport a place where everyone can thrive.
About the HEZ Arts & Culture Working Group
The HEZ Arts and Culture working group strives to increase the HEZ community’s engagement and participation with the arts and help facilitate creative and professional opportunities for residents.
About the Newport Art Museum
The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that art is a civilizing influence and an essential component to creating vibrant communities. Newport Art Museum offers a broad variety of offerings and activities to visitors, including exhibitions of contemporary art, artworks from its own permanent collection, a Museum School with studio classes, workshops, and camps, and Art trips, talks, and other programming, all on its beautiful 3-acre campus on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI.