Ken Bridges, former project collaborator for Voices of Allen Brook, says Voices of Home,
“…offers something very unique and meaningful to our community.”
Voices of Cambrian Rise continues the five year legacy of the Voices of Home project, started by artist Corrine Yonce in partnership with the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. Voices of Home uses portraiture, audio storytelling, and symbolism from residents' stories to create art pieces that provide a sense of place, pushes back against the stigma of affordable housing, and advocates for more affordable housing in our community.
For this community, Yonce pulled in sculpture and installation artist Lydia Kern, to create a series of triangles for the Champlain Housing Trust community to paint while reflecting on their new home experience. This project is a partnership with housing organizations the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and Champlain Housing Trust.
The goal of this project is to build a sense of place and connection with the new residents, many of whom have faced displacement. The new housing project is using one of the last parcels of undeveloped land in the most populated place in Vermont. It is no surprise that not all of the community welcomed the additional housing. Unfortunately, new housing developments are often met with unease in our community and throughout our state. The resistance to housing this incoming community heightens deep-rooted fears our most vulnerable community members face: that they are unwanted. With this community art project and preceding workshops, the artist team and housing nonprofits aim to shine light on the positive impact the new housing has, along with the intentionality and care developers put into preserving and expanding access