In 2020/2021, Picture Me Here received generous grants from Arts in Society and the Addy Foundation to support a special project working with refugee mothers and their children, and farmers in the North Fork Valley. We are partnering with Thistle Whistle Farm to host workshops on the farm, and we will also work with the women in their homes and virtually. We will help the women produce and share stories about their favorite meals, and the cultural identity and memories around these meals. Farmers at Thistle Whistle will help them find and plant ingredients from these meals and other foods they miss from their home countries. Their children will collaborate with them on planting food and producing the stories, while simultaneously learning about their mother's past and their own cultural heritage.
Picture Me Here is also partnering with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Casa de Paz the the Village Exchange Center to help recently released ICE detainees produce and share their stories using writing, photography, video, or other artforms of their choice. This project is also made possible by an Arts in Society grant.
New American Voices, our fellow's animation, was selected for an exhibit in NYC on Fourth of July entitled We The People. The exhibit featured unique perspectives on what it means to be an American. The videos and animations were projected on the Manhattan Bridge surrounded by fireworks, trains, and people celebrating. Thank you to John Ensor Parker, Light Year, and the additional team that made this powerful event possible.
Images by Goshen Carmel (2018 Fellow and Mentor)
Our Fall exhibit at Rocky Mountain College of Arts and Design was a great success. Throughout September and October, we presented the amazing postcards from our Dear Younger Me project, and also a selection of videos, audio stories and animations produced throughout the fellowship program. This followed our Summer exhibit at Colorado Photographic Arts Center, where fellows gave moving talks in front of a packed gallery about their work and their experience in the fellowship. It was a busy Summer and exciting to share our fellow's powerful work with so many people!
Picture Me Here is a 2017-2018 Arts in Society Grantee! With this generous support, we're offering a year long, advanced fellowship for a select group of PMH participants to hone their creative media and storytelling skills, and gain first hand experience in the field with our teaching artists (professional videographers, photographers and designers). Fellows are producing creative writing, audio stories, video and photography works, and animations. Fellows are also awarded a free DOM annual membership, granting them access to equipment and software throughout the year. We will feature fellows work in a 2018 Summer exhibit at Colorado Photographic Arts Center and in the Fall at Rocky Mountain College of Arts and Design.
Arts in Society grant:
We're honored to receive a 2016 Mayor's Award for our work fostering integration!
A huge thanks to City of Denver's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs for nominating us!
Our work featured on National Public Radio:
Danielle Preiss of NPR wrote a great story about our project and participants in Nepal and how they are using photography to remember and to heal a year after the earthquake. "The photos taken by the youth of Langtang collection does show some images of destruction, but they also show the resilience of survivors as they honor the past and push on with their lives." Thank you Danielle and NPR!
Watch "Powered By Story" a PBS documentary our work is featured in:
We're excited to be included in this PBS/Colorado Public Television documentary about innovative creative arts programs helping youth thrive and discover their voice. Our Summer 2015 photo storytelling class at Emily Griffith Technical College is featured and participants Juliana, Roovan and Gonzalo shine as they share their stories.
The amazing work of our friends at Youth On Record, Story Center and other great orgs is also featured.
You can view the whole doc May 4th, 7pm on channel 12 (in Colorado) or screen it soon.
For now, here's the short video they made just for Picture Me Here. Thanks so much CPT12!
Imagine 2020 grant:
City of Denver Arts and Venues, Imagine 2020 Denver's Cultural Plan,
and Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs:
We're honored to be selected as an Imagine 2020 fund recipient and also a mini grant from Denver's Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs! These grants will support our upcoming project working with participants of Colorado Welcome Back, a great program of the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning. This program helps foreign-trained healthcare professionals re-establish careers in healthcare in Colorado. We'll help these participants share their remarkable stories in their own images and words.