We're pleased to share this good news on behalf of PhotoPhilanthropy and Critical Exposure, two community partners that participated in our "Photography for Good" panel discussion and slideshow at the 2011 Benevolent Media Festival.
Here's the announcement from PhotoPhilanthropy:
PhotoPhilanthropy is thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2011 PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award for Community-Based Organizations (CBO): Critical Exposure for their project, "Picture Equality: Youth Empowerment Through Photography."
With the award for CBOs, PhotoPhilanthropy recognizes outstanding projects by non-profit organizations and photographers who are using photography in a community context to promote social good.
About the Winner:
Critical Exposure was founded in 2004 by a former educator and an education policy analyst in response to drastic disparities that exist between public schools and the lack of arts education for low-income youth. Their mission is to teach youth how to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. In pursuit of this mission, Critical Exposure has developed a straightforward but unique approach: give at-risk students cameras and training in photography and writing, encourage them to capture images that show the realities of their lives, and teach them how to use photographs and writing to tell their stories and to advocate for policy changes.
To date, they have provided over 1,000 at-risk youth in D.C., New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Austin, and Albuquerque with cameras and training. They empower youth by helping them to explore their artistic and leadership potential and engaging them in the public policy-making process. At the same time, they build public and political support for reform efforts by exposing citizens and policy makers to youth-created images and narratives documenting the realities they face.
Congratulations to Critical Exposure!