Diversity On Display: Art Installation Sparks Conversation Among Newnan Residents

Aug 9, 2019

If art is supposed to start conversations, then “Seeing Newnan” is working. The project mounted 19 large-scale photographs of residents on buildings around Newnan, Georgia.

Artist Mary Beth Meehan’s large-scale photographs of residents in Newnan have exposed the shifting demographics of the town. A resident, who protested the image of two Muslim schoolgirls in the town square, got more than a thousand responses from others who embrace a more inclusive vision of the town.

 "Just because the public facing history that's celebrated of a town like Newnan is of the old white people, it doesn't mean that all of these other human beings haven't been integral to that places founding and development," Meehan said. 

The portraits are on display in Newnan until June 1, 2020.

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