Outreach Program

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Following our Self-Discovery Through Photography webinar, the partnership of PhotoWings and Ashoka U announced InSights: Past, Present, and Future Self through Photography grants in September 2013. Working with nine prominent, grant-winning university communities from the 24 world-wide Ashoka U Campuses — including Brown, Cornell, New School, Ryerson, and Tulane — we helped foster and mentor campus projects that utilize the power of photography. The goal of InSights is to demonstrate ways that photography and the ideas around it could act as conversation starters in cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural, and cross-generational contexts, engaging communities and catalyzing social change. 

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PhotoWings partnered with Ashoka U to produce a free webinar, Self-Discovery Through Photography. With this webinar, participants gain valuable skills to use in work and in life, including: communication skills, gaining trust and access, visual literacy, critical thinking, applied empathy, resilience, ethical considerations, preservation, and other critical changemaker aptitudes.

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The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social justice, to respect history lest it be forgotten and to understand cultural difference as our strength—not our weakness. Through grants, scholarships and special projects, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for social change.

At a time when many other resources have dwindled, The Alexia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, remains unwavering in its commitment to support photojournalism on academic and professional levels. The foundation believes that there is no stronger force in bringing us closer to the world we inhabit.

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A collection of educators and students fostering dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. Global Nomads Group works at the intersection of cultural exchange, international education, and conflict resolution.  Technology is leveraged to enable conversation between middle school and high school students who otherwise would not meet.  These exchanges promote empathy, peace, and build 21st century workforce skills.   PhotoWings is partnering with Global Nomads Group to create a photography-based curriculum for students as it scales its efforts from the individual school the district level.

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Photojournalism workshops that bring some of the world's most-respected photojournalists to developing countries to train local students in visual storytelling and to foster their ability and agency to tell their own stories and document their own communities. PhotoWings is a primary funder of the Foundry Workshops and a proud partner of this diverse and emerging international community.

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“War is only half the story.” The Aftermath Project seeks to help broaden the public’s understanding of war and promote peace, through international exhibitions and educational outreach. PhotoWings supported the creation of The Aftermath Project website, mobile app, educational programming and the publication of "War is Only Half the Story", an annually-published book given to policy makers, journalism schools, high school educators, curators, photo-editors and industry professionals. 

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#THX2 – GALEWiLL Center for Opportunity and Progress 

We are partnering to create two #thx2 projects utilizing photography as a means to reflect on our station in life, those who helped get us to where we are and where we hope to go. Research suggests that if people personally connect by reflecting on their own life experience or that of someone they respect or admire, their attitudes and behavior will change. This is the nexus of the #thx2 project. The first project is our #thx2 social media campaign. A second project emphasizes deep communication and mentorship by going deeper, in schools and major organizations, to utilize the empathetic power of pictures and the reflection on life experience from someone further along. This process connects people deeply on a number of levels as participants synthesize and discuss the process plus outcomes gained which can ripple outward to others achieving a further understanding of the power of mentors or influencers.

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Collaborations for Cause is a two-day event that brings together cutting-edge content producers and front-line organizations for an exploration of how to harness the power of the evolving media landscape. Presented by Blue Earth Alliance, the third annual conference builds upon the organization's 18-year history of facilitating issue-driven visual storytelling. PhotoWings is honored to partner with Blue Earth Alliance and Collaborations for Cause, providing video documentation of panels and presentations from the conference.

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Since 2008, the Dublin City University’s Intergenerational Learning Programme has engaged older learners from the wider community and DCU students in teaching and learning together. As an Insights grant winner, DCU connected older and younger learners who engaged in intergenerational storytelling inspired by personal photographs. PhotoWings funding now allows program participants to utilize photography in a series of activities designed to further connect generations through first-hand cross-cultural learning, deep communication and legacy related to the Irish diaspora.

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As an InSights grant winner, the University of Northampton created the photography-based project, I Dream of Home, which asked a multicultural group of participants to find a photograph in their own personal archives or to make a new image conveying their relationship to a place of belong or “home”. This intergenerational project explores personal photographs and ephemera, creating new methods of communicating and understanding. PhotoWings is currently supporting work at The University of Northampton in the realm of medical humanities, including bringing generations together to create memory boards, known to be powerful tools for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or those facing the end of life.

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Family.Life is a collaborative student project initiated by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. The project, a graduate student thesis in honor of the groundbreaking Family of Man exhibition made in 1955, explores the feelings, relationships, obstacles and identities of families through visual stories produced by 32 photography schools around the world. PhotoWings funding will support the creation of a photography project management toolkit using Family.Life as a case study in building community, the publication of a book about the project to be distributed at no cost to participating educational institutions and the exploration of further photography-related projects with participating universities.

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The Everyday Projects is a network of photographers and educators who have built Everyday social media narratives that delight, surprise, and inform as they confront stubborn misperceptions. Beginning with Everyday Africa in 2012, the concept quickly spread to all corners of the globe, with dozens of Everyday feeds on the continent, region, country, city, and even neighborhood level -- from Latin America to Asia, Iran to the USA, Rio to the Bronx,  all with the goal of promoting local norms and global commonalities. We use photography to challenge the stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. We connect classrooms and communities from disparate parts of the globe and foster mutual acceptance. We are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.

With support from PhotoWings and in partnership with Storyfriend, we are building the 2.0 version of the Everyday Africa website, which will then be replicated for the network of Everyday projects. The site will not only be a beautiful showcase of our photographers' work, it will also display hashtagged #everyday_____ photography and video, aggregated from numerous social media sites around the web.

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The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios. PhotoWings is a proud supporter of Eddie Adams Workshop, and has created a series of twenty reflective interviews with the renowned faculty and staff.

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LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is a celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for the still image. The Festival features exhibits and on-stage appearances of three “INsight” photographers, as well as exhibitions, outdoor projections, workshops and interviews over three days and nights. PhotoWings supported the video documentation and live-streaming of LOOK3 INsight Presentations, which you can view on our site now.

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Following on the success of the PhotoWings/Ashoka U Insights Grant project "Windows from Prison" at George Mason University (GMU), the PhotoWings Outreach Program has funded community outreach and documentation of a second iteration of the project in Richmond, Virginia. PhotoWings has also provided funding for a strategic Toolkit that will offer collaborative solutions used by the "Windows from Prison" organizers to implement the project in Richmond and other locations (GMU, Parsons School of Design and the University of Michigan).

The International League of Conservation Photographers is a U.S. based non-profit organization whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography.  PhotoWings supports and documents WiLDspeak, a symposium of presentations, discussions, learning, and inspiration from some of the world’s leading nature and wildlife photographers, scientists, and conservation program implementers. The event explores how visual media can best contribute to successful conservation communicators and outcomes around the globe. PhotoWings documents the program and conducts separate interviews with presenters.