Hometown Hero

Saluting Our Hometown Heroes

Hometown Hero first debuted at ArtPrize Seven (2015) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This interactive exploration invited individuals to write the name of their hero on the 24 foot canvas. Thousands of visitors experienced healing as they connected with the work physically, intellectually, and emotionally.

The next year, the work expanded to include Hometown Hero II, which traveled to the U.S. Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for PTSD support and suicide prevention. The Hometown Hero exhibit, presentation, and creative programs salute ordinary people who display extraordinary commitment, love, and selflessness. The participatory works shown below are examples of possible future commissions, which can highlight a local hero with ties to a specific community. By interacting with the art, participants pass on hope to the next generation.

Are you interested in hosting a transformative hands-on exhibition, presentation, or creative program for your organization or community? Contact Pamela.

Read the inspirational story behind Hometown Hero

A young woman on floor writing her hero message on Hometown Hero during ArtPrize Seven

The public voted Hometown Hero into the Top 20 for ArtPrize Seven.

Young woman writing hero message on Hometown Hero installation at ArtPrize Ten
Young man in wheelchair writing hero message on Hometown Hero installation at ArtPrize Ten
Elderly man writing hero message on Hometown Hero installation at ArtPrize Ten
Young woman and her son writing hero message on Hometown Hero installation at ArtPrize Ten
Children at ArtPrize Ten writing hero messages on Hometown Hero installation
Visitors writing hero messages on Hometown Hero installation on final day of ArtPrize Ten

For this project, thousands of visitors engaged by writing the name of their hero.

Hometown Hero II at US Pentagon

In 2016, Hometown Hero II raises awareness for PTSD and suicide prevention because of the generous support of Ottawa-North Kent Blue Star Mothers MI-194, Marne American Legion, PlexiCase Inc, Steve Umstead, and Sobie Meats.

 

Thousands of visitors signed a hero's name on ArtPrize Top 20 Hometown Hero, but it all started with a single name

Eric Burri's dad and others share their hero perspectives

Pamela shares a few highlights of ArtPrize visitors interacting with the Hometown Hero installation

Over 350,000 individuals have participated in Pamela's hands-on installations over the first ten years of ArtPrize. Drawing on her own journey towards restoration, her popular work continues to expand to new communities, focusing on finding solutions to life's challenges. Contact Pamela today to commission an interactive exhibit, virtual experience, or inspiring presentation—utilizing art as a healing tool.