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Student Leadership and Service (SLS)

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Date: 5:30pm PDT May 29 Location: online

  • 1 flank of people on the left have their arms reached out, connecting with another flank of people on the right. In the top center, a speech bubble reads: Won’t you be my neighbor? Another reads: Nice to meet you.
    City Repair Project


Michael Stevenson, Jr. will present on the art project he co-led in Alfred, NY in the summer of 2019 called, “Won’t You be My Neighbor?” This project explored bringing permanent residents with university students or regional artists to explore their love of place culminating in an art exhibition, a community newspaper, and new friendships. This event is open to all and is focused on the idea of sharing tools and examples of how to build and support community.
Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. received their BFA from Alfred University School of Art and Design and is currently studying to receive their MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University. After receiving their first degree Stevenson remained in the community receiving an unofficial education from restaurant owners, shopkeepers, and organic farmers which impacted their work as an artist. Stevenson has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since 2009. After moving to Portland Stevenson has exhibited work at KSMoCA, the Tiny Gallery, in Show Motel Florida, The Cohen Gallery with Public Annex, at Columbia River Correctional Institution, and at PICA.
Student Leadership and Service appreciates the work of City Repair Project and SE Uplift in organizing this online event. 

Event Cost

A sliding scale of suggested donation options are available, including a free registration option.

Event Contact

Harold McNaron
Director of Student Leadership and Service