Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June Photo Competition Winner and Honorable Mentions

Woman Feeding a Child
Raissa Ndayishimiye
"Looking to the way it is very hard to raise a child, makes me believe in mothers"

Honorable Mentions to: 

Georgina Winthrop
Tulips in the Snow
"This image of perseverance in nature reminds me to stay strong and to grow when faced with adversity"

Thierry Ngabo
My Family
"My family is a part of things that give me hope, for their smiles widen my horizons of hope"

Aimee-Gloria Nahimana
A Teacher
"I trust my teacher because he helps me get my knowledge as far as the eye can see, and know what I didn't know before"

Thank you to all participants!

This month's theme is What does equality look like? We would love to see your photographs! Please submit them to peaceinfocus@gmail.com by July 1st!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Our Journey To The Corners (video)

The Peace in Focus spring 2010 group of 10-16 year olds rode the 66 bus, using their critical photographic and conflict transformational eyes to document and compare two neighborhood centers in Boston. They produced this essay of photographic pairs for a public art project called Virtual Corners, which seeks to break down the divide and distance between two very diverse communities with significant historical connections: Coolidge Corner, Brookline, and in Dudley Square, Roxbury. Here's a video version of their collective photo essay, also featured in on exhibit at the USES Harriett Tubman House in Roxbury.

All the photographs that appear in this short movie were captured by Peace in Focus youth
participants including:

Alex (15)
Adriana (13)
Dounia (15)
Khadijah (12)
Miniya (10)
Sadiq (12)
Shaliah (13)

Voices Heard include:

Danielle Martin, PiF Instructor
Dounia, youth participant
Jumaada, Nubian Notion, Dudley Sq
Ethel Weis, Irvings Toy & Card Shop, Coolidge Corner
Khadijah, youth participant
Willy, the 66 Bus Blues Man
Other Music by Fireproof Babies - Bathroom_Blues from CCMixter.org

Special thanks to our staff/volunteers:
Kate, Kyle, Julian, Danielle, Heather, Kim, Ben, & Pablo

Also special thanks to the support of John Ewing & the Virtual Corners project, Thaddeus Miles of MassIMPACT, United South End Settlements, and the Knight Foundation.


Film by Danielle Martin (MizzD Productions 2010)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Digital Stories from USES Afterschoolers!

Here's the final reflective digital stories made by 10-12 year old participants in our 6-week session this spring. The youth used a script, much like a Mad Lib, to draft a short reflective digital story that featured some of the photos they took over the 6 weeks then their own recorded voice telling us about their identity, their sources of conflict, how they find or build peace, and their ideas on how to change the world. This Peace in Focus spring collaboration with the United South End Settlement's Afterschool Program was made possible through the support of MassIMPACT.

David's Story

Elsa's Story

Jeremiah's Story

Mahki's Story

Serv's Story