Join the Sanitation Foundation’s NYC Big Spring Clean initiative, a month of cleanups and activities championing New Yorkers to help care for the places they love the most in the city. Meet at ICP for a Lower East Side community cleanup, led by the Sanitation Foundation and help make a direct impact.

Tools, gloves, and a route will be provided. Registration is encouraged.

The community cleanup begins at ICP at 10 AM. Following the cleanup from 12 PM - 1 PM join ICP alum Raine Roberts on the sidewalk in front of ICP, for a found object photo-based activity and learn more about using found objects to engage with photographic processes.

The Sanitation Foundation is the official non-profit partner of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). They support the work of DSNY to clean up the city and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Their mission is to engage New Yorkers and help them take an active role in the work of creating a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable New York City.

This program is part of a three-part series with Sanitation Foundation that includes a Big Spring Clean Lower East Side neighborhood cleanup and photo activity, a conversation centered on artists using city land, and a celebration during April's Free Third Thursday Late Night ICP.

Raine Roberts is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based photographer, video artist and sculptor whose work delves into the delicate fluctuations between structure and chaos. She photographs architecture, bodies, and the natural environment and displays these works on mediums that will erode and change over time.

She earned her BFA in Film Productions and BA in Communications - Rhetorical Analysis from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2019). Raine studied at the International Center of Photography (2023), honing her analog photography and darkroom processes, in order to transition to photographic-sculpture work. Since graduating, she has exhibited her work in a solo exhibition with Westlab+Gallery and group exhibitions with APStudioBk, VisualAIDS and Brooklyn Film Camera. She was the most recent Photographer in Residence for the FREE FILM PROJECT -- leading free community-based workshops and developing her ongoing project. Raine is a member of the photography group SmallTable Collective.


Image by Raine Roberts