The Transformation Project – The Brooklyn Residential Center, Brooklyn, NY
July 2005 – August 2005

This project was created during a six-week summer arts program for girls detained at the Brooklyn Residential Center in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Working with a group of 8 girls, Lauren Adelman and Danielle McDonald renovated and transformed a dilapidated greenhouse in the courtyard of the residential center.

The project focused on the theme of transformation. The girls began looking at personal issues they would like to transform and then extended this to examine societal issues that needed to be transformed and reconstructed. In addition to transforming a communal space, the girls also chose to decorate the "greenhouse" with flowers and plants that have symbolic references to personal transformations. This project was funded by The Office of Children and Family Services.