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Brownsville Community Justice Center (BCJC): PhotoVoice

The PhotoVoice Digital Photography Program employs professional photographers to teach participants photography skills and engage students through a series of workshops, class critiques, and field trips.

 

In 2018, photographers and educators Amanda Adams-Louis and Emily Schiffer, in collaboration with the staff of BCJC, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Photoville, facilitated a series of weekly summer workshops in which students created images from their own unique perspectives. Students produced individual images depicting their view of living in Brownsville, which were printed on postcards so they could be easily shared with friends, family, and community members.

 

In 2013, teaching artists, Russell Frederick and Sam Barzilay facilitated a series of workshops, class critiques, and field trips. Students crafted visual stories from their own unique perspectives and their final projects were presented in the form of a book, designed by the students to engage the public on topics that inspire or concern them. Students have found new and different ways of voicing their perspectives and asserting themselves as experts in their individual and community needs. The students’ final projects also culminated in a public-art exhibit presented in the neighborhood.

 

The goals of this program were to empower participants, inform policy-makers, and raise awareness about issues facing these young people. Participatory photography gives youth the opportunity to connect in a visual dialogue that often excludes them.

2018

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Student Artists

Christopher Machado, Aaliyah Marshal, Anna Reddick, David Gonzalez, Dejanaze Sherman, Ivan Jordan, Jaliek Hesterbey, Jameila Murray, Janai Lashley, Juwhana Livingston, Kayla Sherman, Kenisha Wilson, Nakayla Williams, Shanice Campbell, Thristen Ramos, Tyshon Bailey, Waliq Vincent, Zianovia Rivera, Ivan Jordan, Naquana Jones, Zak Jackson, Zen Lester

Teaching Artists & Administrators

Teaching Artists

Amanda Adams-Louis & Emily Schiffer

 

Administrators

Ionna Jimenez, Program Manager, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Sherrell Whitmire, Youth Justice Social Worker, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Philip Alexander, Arts in Education Director, Brooklyn Arts Council

Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, Photoville

The 2018 PhotoVoice program was made possible through generous funding by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, with special thanks to Focus Camera of Borough Park.

2013

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Student Artists

Ashton Bradley, Jasmine Spann, Alonzo Jones, Joseph McClinton, Ariel McDonald, Shahnee Naftali, Keson Simon, Jessica Rochez, Monica Hawkins, Yonaka Harris, Vianny Lugo, Yoseph Hunt, Terrence Buckner, Winifred McIntosh, Serene Mofford, Douglas Palmer, Eric Ellison, Saquan Frontis

Teaching Artists & Administrators

Teaching Artists

Russell Frederick, Sam Barzilay

 

Administrators

Jessica Colon, Deputy Project Director, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Viviana Gordon, Coordinator of Operations, Brownsville Community Justice Center

Janay McNeill, Program Assistant, PhotoVoice Program, Brownsville/Red Hook Community Justice Centers

Kathleen A. Christie, LCSW, Arts in Education Director, Brooklyn Arts Council

The 2013 PhotoVoice program was made possible through generous funding by the New York City Mayor’s Office Center for Economic Opportunity.

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