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JR & the Inside Out Project

The French artist known as JR works relatively anonymous. After finding a camera in the Paris Metro, he began to study street art around Europe. Before winning a Ted Prize in 2011, JR created projects in Paris, Shanghai, Spain, Los Angeles.

The most interesting and socially engaging in my opinion is the Face 2 Face project in which he posted portraits of Israeli and Palestinian on each side of the separation wall of the two states. Many said it was impossible as it was high illegal, but it managed to be completed. The aim was to show how similar these two peoples were. I feel that though the images were humorous and light, they spoke about a much deeper level of unity. These people are brothers, yet they fight and kill each other.

After many successful but difficult projects, JR applied and was awarded a Ted Prize for his project, Inside Out. JR called for “a global art project” at the Ted Conference. This new project has extended what JR himself does with posting black and white portraits in urban areas. Inside Out allows for people around the world to submit portraits of their own. These portraits are then printed by the project and sent back in order to display in a public space. Guidelines have you group together with at least 5 other people with the same statement of purpose and then Inside Out makes it happen. The project is ongoing and submissions can be made on the site here. JR has recently brought a facet of his project that involves photo booths to Times Square in NYC. Check out the New York Times article here. I find this project so inspiring because you have so many voices just waiting to be heard all around the world. Many do not have the resources to have that voice heard. Inside Out gives these people the opportunity to share their stories with us, while creating a common ground.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lead Uganda

L.E.A.D Uganda is an educational leadership program that transforms traumatized children living on the edges of society into leaders. We locate bright and motivated children – AIDS orphans, former child soldiers, abducted girls, child laborers – who have the raw materials to succeed but lack opportunity. more

Photo of the Day. May 8. « Lead Uganda.

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Imagining America Conference Links

**New Programs I have learned about while at the Imagining America conference,  Convergence Zones: Public Cultures and Translocal Practices, in Seattle, WA

The Public Square  (Chicago) By building bridges between theory and practice, The Public Square encourages the use of ideas as tools to improve people’s lives. These programs promote participatory democracy and create space for public conversations. Knowledge is power, yet much crucial knowledge still circulates only in small, isolated communities. 

RW121 Emerson Medellín – a bi-lingual, bi-national project among 100 students working across 5 First-Year Research Writing classes at Emerson College and MIT in Boston and 5 library parks (Parques Bibliotecas) and the Universidad Nacional in Medellín, Colombia.

Make Art / Stop AIDS
part of Art and Global HealthCenter at UCLA
(nod to Douglas Crimp- In 1987  edited a special AIDS-issue of October, entitled AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism. In his introduction to the edition Crimp argued for “cultural practices actively participating in the struggle against AIDS and its cultural consequences.”)
 

Through Positive Eyes throughpositiveeyes.org
Through Positive Eyes tells the story of HIV/AIDS at the end of the third decade of the epidemic, when potent antiretroviral medication has been devised, but when treatment access is far from universal. (Los Angeles, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro)t

 The Art of Regional Change  (UC DAVIS) brings together scholars, students, artists, and community groups to collaborate on media arts projects that strengthen communities, generate engaged scholarship and inform regional decision-making

Marga, Inc – A Firm, Founded by David Maurrasse, Committed to Developing Communication between Communities and Institutes
Anchor Institutions Task Force  – network to promote the role of anchor institutions in community engagement

Children’s Urban Geographies (Univ. of Buffalo)

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HRW YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

I posted this on the CoCo website, but I thought I’d put it here as well. If anyone is working with youth filmmakers, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival has put out their Call for Submissions for 2010. Check out the website for the submission form, and the deadline is December 10, 2009.

Please spread the word!

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Youth Film Program Suggestions

The Human Rights Watch film festival is looking for youth filmmaking programs to collaborate with this year. If you know of any organizations that are working on a film project, let me know!

Hope you’re all having a good school year.

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HRW International Film Festival presented…

Sorry I didn’t post this earlier! The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, in association with Adobe, screened work produced by youth around the world (mostly NYC students though). Topics ranged from youth homelessness to water as a human right. Some of the work was really stunning, and I couldn’t believe how sophisticated some of the films were. This is the Adobe website, and they seem to sponsor other programs as well. The HRWIFF link seems to be broken, but here’s the link to the films that played in New York. (The YPC link is at the bottom.)

Hope your summers are all going well!

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Visual Progression

This is a Wintessesque organization that a friend of mine started recently and is working in the realm of human rights and documentation (video).

www.visualprogression.org

OVP – the Organization for Visual Progression

— Brett Mayfield

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