Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Harbor Voices

Harbor Voices Public Art makes community collaborative free and public audiovisual art exhibitions, including light & sound installations, augmented reality / virtual reality, photography, and video art. We believe that art, particularly participatory projects, has the ability to bring people together and impact the future. Through storytelling sessions and public art, Harbor Voices celebrates cultural diversity, augments family and community bonds, and creates resilience in our youth participants. Through our work, participants deepen their understanding of the immigrant experience, celebrate cultural identity, experience enhanced empathy and acceptance by discovering shared experience, and gain confidence their voices can be a vehicle for social change.

Now, more than ever, we should celebrate our ancestral immigration histories and origin pasts in conjunction with our country's immigration future. When one shares a story of their families' arrival to the US, they discover their ancestors' struggles might look similar to the struggles recent immigrants face today, such as language barriers. Our work is place-specific. We begin each installation artist outreach in local schools, non-profits, and other local organizations to capture a range of community voices reflecting a global mix of immigrant stories, spanning centuries, in a variety of languages. Community outreach can be as simple as hosting evening storytelling sessions or as complex as creating an arts-based afterschool program for ELL students at a public school. We then partner with local municipalities, arts organizations, or museums to create public artworks that incorporate the voices and art ideas the storytelling participants gravitate toward.

We create immersive audiovisual laser and sound installations. Quotes from the audio recorded in storytelling sessions is condensed into an 8-minute sound collage, featuring a "babble" of languages & stories overlapping into the sound of crashing waves. Quotes emerge from the waves as a web of light is projected overhead. The sound installation immerses visitors in connected ancestral & recent immigration stories, while choreographed overhead lasers visualize the web of connectivity between stories of the past and stories of the present.

“My paternal great grandparents immigrated to Gloucester from the Azores. What a lovely tribute to the past, present, and future people who make Gloucester home.”—MP MULLIN, Harbor Voices Installation Visitor

"When my ELL students, who just arrived to this country, see their stories shared in the context of other stories about immigration and local history, I think they feel part of a larger community and more welcome here." —Teacher, Gloucester High School

Harbor Voices installations are a celebration of diversity; immigration generates the vibrant mix of cultures that make our historic towns & cities extraordinary. We hope each participant walks away from an installation with a renewed sense that their voices and creative expressions can be a vehicle for change.

 

Additional Links: 
100 Immigration Stories Shared in an Audiovisual Public Art Exhibition
Light & Sound installation created in conjunction with students at Suffolk University for Illuminus Boston (2018). Work was situated at the Irish Potato Famine Memorial Park in Downtown Crossing

I Have Worked With

  • January 2019 to May 2019

    In a year-long collaboration, El Punto Urban Art Museum and Harbor Voices are collecting 100 stories of immigration to El Punto neighborhood in Salem, MA culminating in a weeklong public art festival with audiovisual installations, photography, and more!

  • November 2018

    In conjuction with students at Suffolk University, Harbor Voices created a light and sound installation for the Irish Potato Famine Memorial Park in Downtown Crossing, Boston for Illuminus Boston 2018. Students shared their stories and their parents stories of coming to Boston from across globe.

  • December 2017

    In an extensive community partnership with the Mayor's office in the City of Gloucester, Gloucester Public Schools, and multiple community non-profits in the Cape Ann area, Harbor Voices launched its first light & sound installation in City Hall in 2017 titled, "100 Voices, Our Collective Story." The exhibition featured the voices of over 100 Gloucester community members in five different languages. 

  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Stephanie
Job Title/Position: 
Public Artist & Director
Physical Address: 
South Hamilton, MA 01982
Last Name: 
Benenson

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - History
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Cyberart
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Light Art
Year Founded: 
2017
Populations Served: 
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
French
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Community Service Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Audio or Video Recording
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Events Per Year: 
4
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
State
Multi-State Region
National

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
haze machines
high ceilings for laser projection
Fee Range Minimum: 
$5,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$22,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
1 000