Outreach Spotlight: The Everyday Projects

Interview: Co-Founder Austin Merrill on The Everyday Projects

PhotoWings has partnered with The Everyday Projects to develop visual literacy, empathy and communication skills through a variety of education initiatives and events, including a 2.0 version of their Everyday Everywhere website, a book with an educational supplement, theatre projects, new curriculum, and a series of educational videos created by both Everyday and PhotoWings.

Founded by Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill, The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. They are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.

The project brings together a network of journalists, photographers, and artists who have built Everyday social media narratives that delight, surprise, and inform as they confront stubborn misperceptions. They believe in developing visual literacy skills that can change the way we see the world.

The Everyday Projects work to achieve this through a variety of media and events, including the Everyday Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds, and their websites, exhibitions, workshops, lesson plans, books, and festivals. They connect classrooms and communities from disparate parts of the globe and foster mutual acceptance.

Background:
Following the creation of Everyday Africa in 2012, an international movement began as likeminded storytellers worldwide created “Everyday” feeds on Instagram, transcending media stereotypes, promoting local norms, and celebrating global commonalities on the community, country, continent, and regional level. In September 2014, a number of these projects came together to exhibit at Photoville in Brooklyn, NY, and met for the first time, forming The Everyday Projects. From Latin America to Asia, the Middle East to the USA, Australia to the Bronx, our collective audience is now over 1 million.

Learn more about The Everyday Projects:

everydayprojects.org

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