BREATHING TOGETHER: Solidarity and Mutual Aid
Community members of Delaware County
May 25–June 14, 2021
On view day and night at Bushel: Response Space
106 Main Street, Delhi, NY
To mark the one-year anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd, Bushel presents artifacts and images from the “Honoring Black Lives” Rally and Memorial that took place in Delhi on June 6, 2020, to protest racist police brutality in all of its forms. The other window announces the launch of Catskills Unity, a campaign to make visible our community’s shared values around safety and equity for all who live, work, and attend school in the northwestern Catskills. Catskills Unity was initiated by a small group of local residents, including people associated with the existing organizations GetWoke!, Fair for All, Delaware County Solidarity, and Bushel.
The “Honoring Black Lives” Rally and Memorial on June 6, 2020, drew over 700 participants, marking the largest protest in Delhi’s history to date. On view in the window is a representative collection of seven handmade protest signs on loan from the archives of the Delaware County Historical Association. The signs are accompanied by a slide show of photographs taken during the event by Jeri Cohen, Heather Phelps-Lipton, and Cheryl Clarke.
Bushel is pleased to help launch the Catskills Unity project by presenting its Statement of Solidarity for street-level reading and amplifying its call for solidarity and mutual aid. This window installation, along with two full-page ads—signed by over 100 local organizations, businesses, and civic leaders—in the County Shopper and the Daily Star, deliver a message of hope, action, and unity, as well as a call to greater accountability. To read more about Catskills Unity and to sign the solidarity statement, visit catskillsunity.org.
This exhibition is made possible in part with funds from the Delaware County Arts Grants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group.