from Fundred Reserve Open Lab...
Lead Stories, a public project created in Omaha, NE, combines woodblock portraits with text based narratives of individual residents and community leaders directly impacted by lead poisoning and working on solutions. Each print was featured on the back page of the Omaha Star throughout the year in 2017.
On Sunday, February 11, Fundred Reserve Open Lab will host a workshop where White will share more about his artistic practice and launch the collection of new portraits and stories from DC for his Lead Stories series. Do you have a story about the presence of lead in DC?
Through the Lead Stories series, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Watie White Studio, and the Omaha Star put a very human face on the devastating effects of lead in North Omaha, a community that has faced lead contamination through multiple sources for decades. The city of Omaha, Nebraska, has one of the nation's largest superfund sites, where the surface soil is contaminated as a result of deposits of polluted air emissions from historic lead smelting and refining operations. About one out of three residential yards have lead in the soil at concentrations above the health-based limit of 400 parts per million (ppm). Washington, D.C. has a complicated struggle with the presence of lead. We think it is important to document the stories of Individiduals that have been affected either personally or indirectly by this pervasive, but under-recognized issue.
Watie White is a painter, printmaker and public artist based in Omaha, Nebraska. Watie’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), the Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis, MN), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), the Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA), The Dixon Galleries and Gardens (Memphis, TN) and Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC). Watie’s studio has produced recent public art projects in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity-Omaha, InCommon Community Development, and Justice for Our Neighbors-NE, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Omaha Housing Authority and Omaha Public Schools.