The D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) is pleased to sponsor the photo mural in celebration of 202Creates, an initiative aimed at inspiring creativity across D.C.s neighborhoods. In partnership with Union Market and national artistic collective CreativeMornings, Summers' photos will be located on the 6th wall of Union Market. On Thursday, October 13, Summers will speak to students from KIPP DC College Preparatory School at Union Market for The We Love You Project, and will have the opportunity to have their portrait taken.
On Saturday, October 15 from 10am-5pm, Summers will return to Union Market for an additional free portrait session for the project, inviting black men of all ages to get their portraits taken and to join the movement. The We Love You Project, which originated in New York City, has expanded to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., with more cities to come.
"As a photographer, images are my loudest voice, says Summers. "They can be powerful reinforcements and examples of who we are and aspire to be. The We Love You Project shares portraits of black boys and men, showing each other and the world that we are not worthless. We are someones son, brother, cousin, uncle, husband, or father; we are loved.
Through The We Love You Project, Summers aims to reclaim the through the power of art by photographing portraits of more than 1,000 African American boys and men. Art is crucial to the growth and vitality of a city. It allows for dialogue, adds Jennifer Maguire Isham, Director of Strategy for Union Market. We think it is important that Union Market provides the opportunity for a diversity of voices and we welcome creative conversations.