the community projects
The Community Projects were created to encourage and empower young people and new immigrants, many without access to traditional arts classrooms, with the tools and training to document their own lives and share their truths. Five different projects worked with young people living in the southern Colorado towns of Cortez, Ridgway, Silverton and Telluride; Native children on the Wind River Indian Reservation; Navajo children in Durango; and new immigrant children and mothers in Summit County, Colorado. The projects, funded by grants from Colorado Creative Industries (formerly Colorado Council on the Arts) and The Big Sky Institute, were taught via different collaborations with Telluride's One to One Mentoring Project, Montana State University's Native Waters Project, and Colorado Mountain College ESL programs, and the children's work was featured in numerous publications and exhibits includingTelluride Mountainfilm. Fellow photographers Don Clemmey, Guy Natanel, London Schertzer, Bob Winsett and anthropologist Teresa Cohen were critical partners in several projects.