Humanity Arises and Takes to the Street

Janet Smith Castronuovo21st Century


White Plains, United States

From the Artist: The year 2020 was the most difficult in my life, yet it purports the most potential for change in the racial landscape of this country. After reading newspaper headlines every day and watching daily, and nightly, news reports to keep up with crisis after crisis, I am more hopeful than ever that we can start to mend. We are on the verge of a resurgence of goodness, love and hope, now that we have weathered challenge after challenge, day after day, over this past, most incredible year. This piece took a year to complete and serves as catharsis for me. Collecting newspaper clippings to collage with the woodcut figure, represents the thousands of peaceful protesters from all walks of life that took to the streets during the summer months to denounce the heinous treatment of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black people at the hand of police officers, sworn to protect and defend us as American citizens, gave me purpose. Creating this work of art, this labor of love, allowed me to express my emotional response to the tragedy that 2020 was on so many levels, and then to make room to see the good it has left in its wake. I always want to look for the good.


  • Title: Humanity Arises and Takes to the Street
  • Creator: Janet Smith Castronuovo
  • Date Created: 21st Century
  • Location Created: New York, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: 30"x62"
  • Type: Mixed Media
  • Medium: Mixed Media Woodcut Collage

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