East Lake Meadows

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Preview Screening & Talk

You’re invited to a preview of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, followed by a discussion with co-producer Stephanie Jenkins and others, where you can share your ideas for a local public art project inspired by the film.

Preview Screening & Talk
Monday, March 23 at 6pm POSTPONED
First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant - 250 W. 7th St., Erie
This event is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Youth Photo Show

Youth photo show on view now at:
Ember+Forge - 401 State St., Erie

Erie youth from the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House present an all-new photography show, featuring familiar communities, in a new light.

About the Film

In October of 1970, the Atlanta Housing Authority opened a public housing community on the edge of Atlanta called East Lake Meadows. Over the next 25 years, many thousands of low-income Atlantans, mostly African American, would call it home.

Residents moved in for hundreds of different reasons and created strong bonds despite the many challenges they faced. But as public housing in America became stigmatized and abandoned, and a crack wave swept through the neighborhood, East Lake Meadows became nearly uninhabitable. In the mid-1990s, Atlanta bulldozed the housing project to make way for new mixed-income housing, as government and philanthropic funds poured into the area in an effort to create a thriving community.

Through the stories of former residents, East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story gives voice to some of the most marginalized people in our society and raises critical questions about how we, as a nation, have created concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunities for African Americans, and what can be done to address it.

East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story wil air Tuesday, March 24 at 8pm on WQLN PBS

PBS.org/Eastlake  •  #EastLakePBS

Special Thanks to

  • Erie Arts & Culture
  • CHROMA Guild
  • Northwest Pennsylvania Artists Association
  • The Publix Voice
  • Inner City Neighborhood Art House
  • Ember+Forge
  • First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant