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Photovoice is a type of participatory research methodology designed to empower participants through photography and the power of storytelling in small group settings. In 2013, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) partnered with a local organization to start collecting stories from refugees and political asylum seekers about their lives in Chicago. Through photovoice, the participants got connected to their new home town by taking pictures of their daily lives, and in small group settings, they got connected to CPL and to others who have also experienced forced migration. Participants gained broader connections to other Chicagoans through the resulting exhibit and its opening event. This webinar will introduce the project and its methodology, and will help attendees begin to design their own photovoice project.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:
- Understand and define photovoice, a methodology used world-wide to empower and advocate for social change;
- Increase awareness of potential partnerships with local organizations, particularly those involved in social justice work; and
- Gain a roadmap for starting a similar project, including steps for recruiting participants, running photovoice sessions, preparing participants for the exhibit opening, and developing and marketing the exhibit.
Who Should Attend
This webinar is open to everyone interested in exploring issues around programming, outreach, and/or community partnerships. It will be particularly relevant to those with an interest in services for marginalized communities or the role of visual art and storytelling in public libraries.
Mary Black is an occupational therapist with 20 years of experience working at the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, a community-based treatment center for survivors of state sponsored torture. The Marjorie Kovler Center serves asylum seekers, refugees, and their families who represent over 60 nations. Mary is primarily responsible for assessing the skills, experiences, and interest’s clients bring from their home countries and collaborate with clients to maximize these assets in responsive interventions, while adapting to the challenges and resources inherent to a constructing a new life in the U.S.
Nancy Joyce Callahan joined Heartland Alliance in 2008 after working in the hotel industry for 17 years. She oversees the Hospitality Training Skills Program for Refugees and Asylees and has trained and mentored over 1000 graduates, 92% of whom have obtained hotel jobs. Besides working with her students, one of her favorite roles is forging partnerships with Chicago hotels that support the trainings through guest presentations, hotel tours, mock interviewing sessions, curriculum development, and job placement of program graduates. She earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and has a graduate degree in French from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Julie Lynch is in charge of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection at the Chicago Public Library (CPL) Sulzer Regional Library. She started at CPL in 2000 and has worked in this role since 2005. From 2013–2015, Julie was part of the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative. She has been volunteering at a library in a girls’ school in South Sudan since 2011. Julie graduated with a MA in library science from the University of Iowa and a MA in history from DePaul University.
Wamisho participated in the Forced Migration Photovoice Project in 2016 and looks forward to sharing his experience in the project.
TG participated in the Forced Migration Photovoice Project in 2014 and looks forward to sharing her experience in the project.
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