Past Projects

Laura Doggett: Etta, 2015–2016

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Image: Still from video by Laura Doggett. I first met Etta in the art room at the Next Generation Center, where I was holding weekly open studio sessions for youth at the Center. The mission of the Next Generation Center is to identify and attract young people who are in or aging out of foster care system, and help them map out a route to success and stability. Etta was 17 then, living in a...

Bren Cukier: Super Freddie, 2015–2016

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Image: Still from video by Bren Cukier. My first day at the Center for Family Life, I met Wilfredo "Freddie" Pedrero, and my entire project began to unfold before my eyes. I was enchanted by Freddie from the beginning. Everything about him: the cadence of his voice, his larger-than-life body language, his childlike excitement about the comic books in his backpack, and his constant spewing of...

Sarah Stacke: Living This Life, 2014-2015

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Intro by Sarah Stacke Through workshops, portrait sessions, and recorded dialogue, I worked closely with participants of exalt –– a Brooklyn, New York organization that serves court-involved youth –– to create projects that embody empowerment through self-expression and reflect transformative experiences inside and outside the exalt classroom. “When I want to find a peaceful spot I just...

Amanda Berg: Newspaper Squad, 2014-2015

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“I am lying raised up on one elbow wondering whether in any direction I can see beyond where you stop.” John Berger, Field Introduction by Amanda Berg As a Lewis Hine Fellow with South Bronx United (SBU,) I facilitated a middle school newspaper club focused on collaborative and creative modes of community journalism. We self-published a printed paper that included event reporting,...

Cameron Zohoori: Stories of UTEC, 2012-2013

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  Introduction by Cameron Zohoori The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell, Massachusetts is an innovative nonprofit youth center committed to serving the most disconnected youth in the city, working with them to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC runs a variety 
of programs that target the educational, professional, and personal development of...

Andrea Patiño Contreras: Stories of Lynn, 2012-2013

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  Introduction by Andrea Patiño Contreras As a Hine Fellow, I arrived to Lynn, MA to collaborate with Raw Art Works documenting one of their signature programs: RAW Chiefs. Through this initiative, teenagers are trained to become leaders in their community and mentor and teach leadership to younger kids. While living in Lynn, I quickly became fascinated by the city's extraordinary...

Indaia Whitcombe: Jack's Story, 2011-2012

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  Introduction by Indaia Whitcombe Autism can isolate people into a world of their own, where the effort to communicate and relate to others is an on-going struggle. An individual with autism is often unable to attribute mental states to the self and others. For ten-year-old Jack O’Halleran, this description may at first seem entirely accurate, and then with time, all together obsolete...

Jennifer Carpenter: Generation Dance, 2010-2011

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Introduction by Jennifer Carpenter Twice a week, about two dozen retirees meet at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association for two hours of ballroom dance. Women slip into glittery heels as men sort the sign-in sheet and song selection. As the music starts to reverberate into the old wooden floorboards, feet begin to shuffle to the rhythms of foxtrot, waltz, and rumba. There is a...

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