confronting the wall

We have vision, we have imagination…and we have paint. From the streets of Rochester, NY’s crime-ridden inner city to the flavelas of Brazil, young street artists explore how art brings forth the power to see beyond, move beyond, grow beyond the walls that poverty builds around them. In the summer of 2016, artist Shawn Dunwoody led a project designed to offer employment to a group of five youth. Khari, Aziza, Ehpraim, Kokenis and Karina are confronted daily with the challenges of a neighborhood where 87% of them live in poverty.   From depressed neighborhoods in their own city, to the streets of Philadelphia and finally to Salvador, Brazil, the young artists discover that both poverty and art are universal experiences regardless of the neighborhood you call home or the language that is on your tongue. Poverty builds walls that shut kids in – art has the power to tear down walls that confine us.


  • PBS, 2016



  • Emmy nomination for Editing Program 2017
  • Emmy nomination for Producing 2017