Global art project, “Inside Out Project”, coming to SHS

The last day to sign up and sign the release form is March 15


Isabel Rivera

Stroudsburg High School’s branch of the Inside Out Project sets up a table to promote outside the caf.

Zyaire Coles, Staff Writer

The most stunning visual ever to hit Stroudsburg High School will be on display this spring.

The “Inside Out Project” is the largest global participatory art project to date!  Since 2011, more than 442,000 people spanning across 138 countries have participated.

Junior Matt Trezza chose to participate because of the project’s message.

“It is a really pretty story and such good meaning and I love that passive activism,” said Trezza.

The project has reached all of the continents, with over 2,329 actions created. Actions have revolved around a range of topics including diversity, community, feminism, racism, climate change, education, children’s rights, and more! Posters are displayed in outdoor spaces that are visible to the public. 

At SHS, the project has been named “One Roof, Many Faces.”  Giant posters (3 x 5) of faces of participating students and staff will be featured on the exterior wall of the high school building for the community to appreciate and enjoy.

A French artist named JR, started the Inside Out Project to help individuals and communities make statements. These statements help start conversations and while embracing teamwork. At SHS, our project, One Roof Many Faces, can make a powerful statement and form conversations.

Students and staff of Stroudsburg High School are encouraged to get involved. To be a part of the project, sign up and sign the release form by March 15 – See the link at the end of this story. 

The main focus of the project is to help make the community aware that diversity and inclusion are priorities in the Stroudsburg Area School District. 

Since SHS is on Main Street, it is an ideal location for this massive art project to be showcased.  

The students at SHS come from all walks of life.  This project will provide them an opportunity to celebrate their unique interests and qualities and perhaps form new bonds and friendships with students, staff, and the community.

“I wanted to be more active and put my face around the school and show people diversity,” said Junior Sabrina Lopes, who is participating in the program.

A celebration for the project will take place on April 30. The location will be in the school parking lot in front of the posters. There will be food and drink, as well as live entertainment. The event is open to the public.

To participate in the project, use this link to sign up.

One roof many faces video link–>

Enjoy the comments from the SHS art teachers who initiated the plan for this event:

“ I was looking for new projects to bring to my Digital Photography students and came across the artist JR and his TedTalk. I knew that this would become something much bigger than just a photography assignment. I quickly shared the project with Ms. McKain and the rest of our school’s DEI committee. Like me, the group was very excited to get this project up and running. Stroudsburg students were involved in the planning process right from the beginning. They helped to craft the Action Statement which is what our project represents. We are here to make diversity and inclusion at our school a priority. What better way to do that than to take part in a large community event that takes students and staff working together towards a common goal?” Mrs. Sarah Cepin, SHS art teacher

Read the Our Action Plan (What our project stands for)!

“We are the pride of the Poconos, and for good reason! Stroudsburg High School is a diverse and vibrant community, made up of students and staff with unique attributes and characteristics. “One Roof, Many Faces” is part of a wider DEI initiative to publicly express our commitment to making diversity and inclusion at our school a priority. Through this project, we are working to create an identity that will strengthen and build relationships among the many faces of Stroudsburg, including students, teachers, and community supporters. We know we’re not perfect but will continue to strive to be inclusive for everyone.”