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"IMatter Community Art Projects

"IMatter" Hudson Valley

Upon moving to Saugerties, NY, "IMatter" Director, Rob Goldman quickly realized the potential of the project's impact in the Hudson Valley region. With "IMatter" Hudson Valley, beginning with Kingston,  we will shift our focus from youth to women.   We are currently seeking public and private funding to launch "IMatter" Hudson Valley in the fall of 2023.  Please consider supporting this vital expansion...because everyone deserves to be seen. Contact Director, Rob Goldman to learn how you can support our efforts.

"IMatter" New Haven

In partnership with the City of New Haven, we have created a city-wide Compassion Campaign that will feature large-scale banners on buildings, window graphics in vacant storefronts, and illuminated 3D installations. We aim to enroll and unite the Greater New Haven community in bold, honest communication regarding the social and emotional challenges facing their youth while simultaneously beautifying the city.

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"IMatter" Voices

"IMatter" Voices initiates vital dialogue between generations. Youth featured in “IMatter” installations are invited to candidly share their compelling stories. This insightful, private listening experience offers an opportunity to learn about the issues that today's youth are facing directly from teens and young adults. These excerpts of long-form interviews –"IMatter" Moments – are also broadcasted on radio programs and podcasts. Click here to hear Sierra's "IMatter" Moment.

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IMatter Long Island

The "IMatter" Project was launched in Long Island, New York in 2013. The project was featured at public libraries, colleges and public schools throughout Long Island. In many of the there projects students photographed one another. All "IMatter" Long Island projects were funded with Kickstarter campaigns run by middle school and high school students. Verizon Fios featured "IMatter" on their Push Pause program several times. Click here to see these amazing  kids in action!

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Shine On

"IMatter" broadened its reach by recruiting singer songwriter, Alan Semerdjian to create their theme song, Shine On. The recording features a chorus of teen singers from Huntington, Long Island. Click here to watch the Shine On music video, a collaboration with "IMatter" Director, Rob Goldman and his son, Elias.


Click on the photo to the right to see the Verizon Fios behind-the-scenes television special >>>

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Lesniak Recovery High School

The Raymond J. Lesniak Recovery High School, New Jersey's first recovery high school, celebrated their opening with an "IMatter" Project that enhanced their walls with images and messages of hope and pride. According to The Star-Ledger, "Recovery schools have not only proven to be effective, they are cost efficient. The education establishment needs to embrace and support the programs that combine education and recovery. The lives and well-being of young people are at stake." Read the article

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"IMatter" App

You Matter too! Create your PowerPost with the "IMatter" app [Still in developmentand declare your self-worth to the world! "IMatter" PowerPosts give youth everywhere the opportunity to be included in the movement.  Simply download the "IMatter" app onto your smartphone and add your photo and "IMatter" statement. Your PowerPost will be added to our Instagram page. 

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