From the Ground UP

A project led by Jean-Marc Superville Sovak Ann Street Gallery Artist Researcher in Residence


From the Ground UP is a convergence of local community stakeholders and artists dedicated to imagining, rendering, and presenting collaboratively-designed visions for remembering and honoring African-Americans buried in, and disinterred from, Newburgh’s “Colored Burial Ground” through conversation and the arts.


Led by Ann Street Gallery Artist Researcher in Residence (ARiR) Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, From the Ground UP asks: How should the dead, once desecrated, now be honored? How can collectively inspired memorials truthfully function? How can the arts and spaces designed for the exhibition of art facilitate community conversation, healing, imagining, and creativity?

Superville Sovak and From the Ground UP are in residence at Ann Street Gallery throughout December, January, and February. Over the course of the residency, the project will transform the Gallery into a lab, workshop, and exhibition space for commissioned works from other interdisciplinary artists and cultural producers in response to community visions for honoring those buried in and disinterred from the Burial Ground.

Community gatherings, performances, and events will continue on Saturday afternoons in January and February.

To learn more about From the Ground UP, upcoming events, and how to participate, visit and follow @annstreetgallery and @FTGU2024.