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Rochester Front Door Project


Starting on Monday, September 14 - Friday, September 18, the Front Door Project will be available in the Rotunda of the Rochester, MN Government Center, outside of the Council/Board Chambers as a part of Welcome Week. On Saturday, September 19, the FD Project banners will be on display at 125 Live, as a part of the Pop-up Med City Arts Festival.

Our goal was to document with photos and narrative a diverse selection of Rochester, Minnesota neighbors living through COVID-19. Capturing how this community not only survived, but thrived, during a once in a lifetime event will be important to remind our residents of the resiliency we all have when we work together.

The Rochester Front Door Project was developed by learning and building on similar visualization projects including the Front Steps Project in Needham, Massachusetts and a photo essay in the New York Times called Meet the Neighbors. 

In the spring of 2020, during the stay-at-home order enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic portraits were taken by Fagan Studios and narration was collected by RNeighbors and the United Way, keeping in mind proper social-distancing. The 

final project consists of a total of 83 portraits, taken in over 20 different Rochester neighborhoods, as well as images of staff from Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center who are on the front lines fighting this infectious disease. 

Each of the project partners hope that this collaborative photo project spreads kindness and compassion while documenting neighbors living through the COVID-19 experience.   #rochfrontdoor

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