Are you evil? (We doubt it.)

Community photography project hits Worcester
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Troy Thompson – The No Evil Project
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WORCESTER, MA – Are you evil? A community photography project that has been gaining buzz around the city and online is betting that you’re not. Not that you’d know it by the way we talk about people who are different from ourselves.

The creation of local photographer and entrepreneur Troy B. Thompson, the No Evil Project began earlier this year as a fun and lighthearted way to draw attention to the damage we do when we label and make negative judgments about people who aren’t like us. The Project has quickly gained support from adults and kids, community organizations and local businesses, and will be setting up at Worcester’s 9th Annual stART on the Street Festival on Sunday, September 18 to encourage people to join in the project.

At the No Evil Project booth, festival-goers of all races, religions, ages, sexual orientations and even sports team alliances are invited to represent and have their photos taken for the project. They can also grab a free No Evil button and help spread the word. Photos will be taken at the No Evil Project booth between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.

The No Evil Project is a community photography project aimed at promoting and celebrating differences. Based online at the web site, the Project encourages people to submit photos of themselves posing as the three wise monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil), along with three labels that others might use to categorize and potentially make judgments about them. Participants also submit a description of one good thing they’ve done. The underlying message? “They” may be different than “us”. But “they” are not evil. And neither are “we”. (See, we told you.)

“I believe a variety of ideas leads to stronger, more interesting communities and better solutions to the problems we face,” writes Thompson on the No Evil Project web page. “We should be proud of our differences and how we contribute to society rather than trying to blend in.” Learn more at or on Facebook at