Jason McKoy with Etna Community Organization and Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization

Artist

Jason McKoy

Date

2021–2023

Location

Etna, PA and Sharpsburg, PA

Organizational Partners

Etna Community Organization and Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization

Overview

Part of the Public Art and Communities Program, this collaboration seeks to address the issue of social isolation in the neighboring boroughs of Etna and Sharpsburg, PA. Launching in mid- to late-2022, this project consists of two public installations that function as digital windows into the public life of the adjacent borough.

Each installation will be centrally located in Sharpsburg and Etna and designed to look like a window. The pane of each window will be a digital screen that shows the realtime feed of a camera installed in the neighboring borough. The window installed in Etna will display public activities from Sharpsburg and vice versa. Installed at points of interest, these camera views create a literal window into the public life of the neighboring borough. A complementary online portal will offer residents of both boroughs an opportunity to leave notes and share ideas.

By creating visual connections between the two locales and offering glimpses into the world outside their doors, McKoy aims to show residents they are not alone.

Process

Artist Jason McKoy began partnering closely with the Etna Community Organization and Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization in Summer 2021 to learn more about the community’s residents and stakeholders. A series of socially-distanced engagement activities in Fall and Winter 2021 included surveys, distributed online and via postcards, as well as tabling at local outdoor events. The results of the surveys, in combination with McKoy’s close collaboration with ECO and SNO contributed to the development of the artistic concept.

Online Resources

Website

Learn more about Jason McKoy and his other projects on his website.

Learn more about the organizational partners on their websites.

About the Artist

Jason McKoy is a brand consultant, ARTvocate, social innovator, and weirdo. Living with major depressive disorder has informed how he navigates the world creatively. He is the founder of McKoy Creative, a warm hug for your business providing creative services from concept to completion that benefit communities. When not making stuff, he’s either playing video games or sleeping. He hails from NYC.

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“This project directly addresses feelings of isolation by providing glimpses into the world outside your door, your neighborhood. It shows people they are not alone.”

Jason McKoy

About the Organizational Partners

Etna Community Organization’s mission is to make Etna a more vibrant place to live, work, and play by 1) supporting projects and programs that integrate equity, sustainability, and resiliency into the fabric of our community, and 2) engaging, empowering, and activating Etna’s community members to take ownership over their futures.

Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization works to strengthen and engage the community of Sharpsburg through work that focuses on improving the quality of life for residents by targeting sustainable, equity-driven projects that prioritize inclusive community engagement and grassroots local leadership.

Image credits

Gallery, top:
Artist Headshot, photo courtesy artist

Related

PROJECTS

What Is Black? Mixcast

This podcast, zine, and multimedia mixtape project by artist Jason McKoy explore what it means to be a Black creative through a series of conversations with featured guests, artists, and creatives.

PROGRAMS

Public Art and Communities Program

This program supports the development of place-based strategies and temporary artworks in Pittsburgh communities that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and address its intersection with other public health issues.