Last week, officers from the Boston Police Department posed for life-sized portraits painted on doors by Boston area high school students. The program is called “Portraits, People, & Places: Opening Doors” and aims at providing a safe and rewarding experience for young people who have not had equal opportunities and access to art. Through this visual arts experience at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, the students enjoyed one-on-one interactions getting to know the first responder volunteers from police, fire, EMS, and military while painting the portraits.
This opportunity was just one more way that BPD officers are able to build trust between themselves and the community, as well as enable citizens and officers to see each other as individuals rather than stereotypes. Here are some of the wonderful works of art painted by the students!