The Winston-Salem Portrait Project includes photography, art, connections and conversations aimed at bringing the Winston-Salem | Arts & Theater

“If you know the concerns, if you know people’s backgrounds, I think that’s a basis for building relationships,” Abraha said. “It’s a great program.”

Wallis, who is an entrepreneur and passionate about preserving green spaces in Winston-Salem, said she loved the cross-generational stories that came from the teams of young and older participants.

“They let an interesting team leave,” Wallis said. “I find that intergenerational relationships are very essential.”

She would like to keep in touch with her team members and meet other people in the project.

Garcia, a guitarist, songwriter and composer, as well as a reporter for radio station WFDD, said he previously knew Wallis but not Abraha.

“Abraha was someone I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” Garcia said.

He said he loved hearing people’s stories and found the project, as a whole, inspiring.

Another group consisted of Pamela Phillips and Charlie Watkins.

Watkins, a real estate agent, said he hopes the portrait project will help people “to have the courage and the audacity to reach out to complete strangers in the community, to continue to recognize that what makes a strong community is the relationships between the different members of the community”.

Tracey L. Sweeney