For her messages, McConchie chose the words “Mother Nature” and “Human spirit.”
“I was thinking about the triumph of human spirit, how New Orleans came together after Hurricane Katrina,” she said.
Seeing everyone’s portraits together struck her as really powerful, she said.
“The messages were really wide and diverse,” she said. “I found it really moving.”
She thought the project would be a perfect fit with the Newburyport community.
“Newburyport as a community is as passionate about the community as New Orleans is,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to engage the community in a deeper conversation.”
McConchie said she can’t wait to see what people come up with for the Newburyport event, which is supported by the Institution for Savings, the mayor’s office and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Participants can pose for individual portraits or team up with family members or friends.
A preview of messages is currently on display outside the Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery Marketplace, via index cards that answer the question “What matters most?” The exhibit encourages passers-by to add their own thoughts to either a staircase or a hanging umbrella outside the store. The cards range from lighthearted answers such as “chicken nuggets” and “gymnastics” to more serious responses like “love,” “my family” and “God.”
For more information about Dear World, visit www.dearworld.me. The Actors Studio will also have a booth with information at this Sunday’s farmers market at the Tannery.
If you go
When: Saturday, June 8, 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Chococoa, 19 Liberty St., Newburyport. Portraits will be taken in The Actors Studio.
How much: $25 per portrait, includes one digital image and one ticket to the June 15 reception.
When: Saturday, June 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Tannery Atrium, Water Street entrance, Newburyport. Portraits will be taken in the dance studio.