Questions of Safety

What does safety look like to you? 

Through one-on-one interactions in public parks, libraries, and schools, children create drawings of what makes them feel safe. Recurring themes include: home, mom, music, super heroes, and health aids (like glasses). The growing archive now includes contributions by over 100 participants from Cleveland and beyond. Public engagements display project archives and provide opportunities to contribute. Viewers compare the repository of safety imagery through iterations from drawing to sculpture, or scanned image to digital artifact. Children direct construction of 3D-pen printed sculpture multiples. Others explore 3D software, rendering, and animation activities using free, open source tools. During outdoor activities, acrylic prints are installed nearby. The iterative manifestations of these youth-driven visions offer a kind of augmented reality, where their desires for safety are fully and truly realized in our communities.


  • Cleveland Public Schools (2021)
  • Cleveland Pubic Library (2019, 2020)
  • New Media Caucus Symposium (2019)
  • Casa de la Cultura de Morelia (2019)
  • SPACES (2018)


  • Deanna Dionne, Rustin McCann, Evan Prunty


  • Thanks to Michelle Epps, Elaine Hullihen, Christine Lewis, Misty Luminais, Maria Miranda, Michael Rakowitz, Christina Vassallo, Miranda Villard, RA Washington, Grace Wen, and Ashley Wilson for collaborative support; Anna Tararova for screen printing.