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Future Imagemakers and Future Film Scholars Book Collaboration

Throughout the semester the Saturday Future Imagemakers have been working on a collaboration with the Future Film Scholars. The goal of the collaboration was to create a book of the Future Imagemakers photographs and writing about the photographs that the Future Film Scholars wrote. We just recently got the writing back from the Film Scholars and were thrilled with the results. In the next few weeks we will put the book together.. Above you can find the pages of the book. The Future Imagemakers were really excited about the way the Film scholars interpreted their work!

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The New Activists: Students in the Community

Watch this inspiring promo for Imaging America’s web series on The New Activists. 

“The New Activists: Students in the Community” is Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life’s web series featuring students bringing their knowledge to collaborations with community members to address important community-identified problems and opportunities. 

Click here to see the entire videos.

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Mekong: Empowering the Southeast Asian Community in NYC

Created in 2012 as a response to the “lack of vital social services for Southeast Asians,” Mekong is a emerging non-profit organization located in the Bronx, NY that works with the Cambodian and Vietnamese community through organizing and various programs.  In fact, Mekong “aims to improve the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services.”

What I really admire about Mekong is that their “holistic approach to building community” centered around arts and culture to connect its inter-generational members together.  At the moment, I am working with Mekong to help them create a platform for documentation of their work with the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx.  One lesson I have learned from Mekong is their collaborations and partnerships with local individuals and groups.  Every time I attend an event or workshop with Mekong, there is always an organization that they are partnering with on a particular project or endeavor.  For example, Mekong has collaborated with Season of Cambodia on a number of events, including the current celebration of the Cambodian New Year.

Please check out Mekong’s website for postings of current events.

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Sudden Flowers – Ethopia

 Sudden Flowers project in Ethopia

stories and videos from 2007.

I was reminded of this project today when I was looking at the work of co-founder Eric Gottesman. On his site is a more recent mobile portrait studio project he did with Sudden Flowers in 2011. Other projects with Sudden Flowers are on his site and I was especially intrigued with the touring 2006 project Abul Thona Baraka throughout Ethopia. Members of Sudden Flowers accompanied the exhibition in its travels and engaged audience members in dialog inspired by their photographs > look at the slide show.  Many more links to Sudden Flowers in the photographs and installations section of Eric’s site.

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Expanding the Walls

Over the past four weeks, I have been working with high school students from the Studio Museum in Harlem Expanding the Walls (ETW) program. This amazing program is for students that come from all over the New York area. It is an opportunity that allows the students to learn digital photography over the course of 8 months. They also participate in a variety of activities that help to inform their final photographic project such as museum and gallery visits.

The program approached us at Photography and Imaging because they wanted to expand the experience with photography by learning analog photography before diving into digital. That’s where I come in. Expanding the Walls needed an analog aficionado.  I was up for the challenge. Starting in the beginning of February the students of ETW made the journey to the Photography & Imaging Department of NYU’s Tisch. During these weeks the students learned how to operate an analog camera, make compelling images, and enlarge their negatives in the darkroom.

I was so excited to introduce to these students my passion and it was a joy to see their engagement with the amazing art of photography. The workshop has come to an end, but I’m looking forward to working with these students until the end of the semester as they transition into digital. I hope to see the concepts they’ve learned to extend into their images as they work toward a final project.

To learn more about Expanding the Walls, check out their website.



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Video in the [Amazonian] Villages

This is the video exchange in which children from the Amazon make video letters to children in other parts of the world to introduce and show their culture. The videos are made by the children for the children, and the documentary about the project was directed by Kumare Txicao, with video work by Nas Aldeias.

Part of a video letter from the Ikpeng children, introducing their community.

Click here to learn more about/purchase the documentary.

This is part of the larger Video in the Villages project

Thanks to Laura Buhler of my Art Practice Course for this post.

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Notes on Community Engagement

Fragments of NOTES/THOUGHTS from the Imagining America conference, Convergence Zones: Public Cultures and Translocal Practices, Seattle, WA, 9.23-9.25.10

You can be global while being local.

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor – Scholarship in Action @ Syracuse U
institutional responsibility and engagement
promoting scholarship and community simultaneously
Say YES to education program providing tuition to Syracuse city high school students

Caryn McTighe Musil – American Association of Colleges and Universities
Our {universities and colleges) welfare tied to community’s welfare
Civic learning spiral – braided elements with public action
 only 1% of community-based work is political according to the AAC studies.

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If you have to come to help me….

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Lila Watson, part of an Australian Aboriginal Group, is given credit for this quote, but when interviewed she “was quite clear… that she was not comfortable being credited for something that had been born of a collective process” northlandposter.com
(reference came from this blog)

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Online projects of possible interest for your workshops

Radio Rookieshttp://www.wnyc.org/radiorookies/
Radio Rookies® is a New York Public Radio® initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world.
**Youth Media Resources

Learning to Love you More
Learning to Love You More is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher.

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