ESTABLISHED IN MAY 2018
Asha Hanna’s “Dignity And Pride” (DAP) Garden was selected from the OSS Project’s 2018 New Commissions Open Call. The artist worked in conjunction with Dyckman Houses residents for the construction of OSS#DK in Inwood.
DAP’s flowers and herbs garden bed is shaped like two hands grasping each other, with the color of the wood for each hand representing different skin tones to visualize the diversity of the community.
The main goal of OSS#DK DAP is to build a healthier community by creating awareness about coexistence and cultural identity in Dyckman Houses, while beautifying the development and bridging cultural and racial tensions. Materializing these ideas in a garden, we created a green space and public art project with powerful educational capacities that uses storytelling, gardening and community building as means to visualize and discuss the communal experience.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Asha Hanna is a New York based emerging artist and art director. She is dedicated to the issues of social awareness and public engagement. Hanna’s most recent ongoing project, The DAP Series explores symbolism of black consciousness, identity, and cultural unity throughout black America. She received Bette A. Robinson Endowed Scholarship Fund in Fine Arts and her work has been shown at galleries and public spaces in Washington D.C. and New York area.
DAP is made with the generous support of State Senator Marisol Alcantara, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University.