Picture Yourself Here

Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform

Every time you post a photo of yourself, family, or friends in a public park, you become part of a larger conversation that began well before the days of iPhones and Instagram. Parks, in the late 1800s and now, were created to improve urban life and bring people together. Your images can be a statement about how parks impact people and communities today. 

Draw your own inspiration from the city maps, plans, and photography included in our special exhibition, Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform, the Gardner Museum invites you to participate in a digital campaign to share images of yourself enjoying your local parks in Boston, New York, and Chicago. We’ll share these images alongside the maps, plans, and documentary street photographs in our exhibition to draw themes between them and your modern representations of the parks they envision.

Want to be a part of our campaign? Share a photo of you, your friends, or your family, enjoying a park in your city, use the hashtag #ISGMBigPlans, and tag us @GardnerMuseum!

Images shared with the Gardner for Picture Yourself Here