The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

The 49507 Project: Esan Sommersell- Location 6

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The 49507 Project: Esan Sommersell- Location 6

Project 49507 is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

Can we plant seeds that will bloom into the south side becoming a Multicultural Arts District?

Esan Sommersell

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painting by Esan Sommersell showing portrait of women

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painting done by Esan Sommersell showing two women

Painting of Women with colorful arrows around her

About Esan Sommersell

For artist, Esan Sommersell, making is living. In a world where it’s become increasingly more difficult to discern fact from fiction, Sommersell’s paintings remind us that what we see, hear, touch, and taste cannot be separated from what we feel. With bold forms and surreal color palettes taken from the landscape of lucid dreams, his work is an affirmation of humankind’s innate desire to create, to mold, to touch the raw nerve of experience, and discover for ourselves what it means to be alive.

Your connection to Grand Rapids: I was born and raised in Grand Rapids. My family moved to Grand Rapids from Guyana, South America.

From: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Guyana, South America. Guyanese

Liberation- 

To be free, Boundless. 

Reclamation- 

To return. Refined yet original glory. Take back.

Who am I? I am a believer, creator, philosopher, a renaissance man. All of these things in which God created me to be yet I am finding the pieces when I create when I remain impeccable with my word and show unconditional love. I want to change the world for the better and find methods to unlock the potential of everyone in hopes of a promising future. 

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