Community photographers from the New Town Success Zone debuted their work at the April Jacksonville Art Walk last night.
The PhotoVoice Project, Strengthening the Voices of Women in New Town: Making Our Neighborhood Better for Children, allowed women from the New Town community of North Jacksonville to act as recorders and potential catalysts for social action in their neighborhood through photography. Their pictures reflect the strengths and concerns they see in New Town.
Participants stood proudly by their photos, which were accompanied by personal narratives, and talked with visitors about their experiences throughout the process. The next phase of the project will including advocacy training, empowering the women to address their concerns and enabling them to bring positive changes in their community.
The project is a collaboration between the Early Childhood Committee of the New Town Success Zone and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and is funded by the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Chartrand Foundation, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and individual donors.
The exhibit will remain on display throughout April at the main library, at 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.