What an amazing opening reception we had last night at La Mama Theatre featuring Linda Kessler‘s “Subway Sleepers” and the work of program participants from the JHP and Brain Injury Awareness of New York State partnership!
We are so grateful for all that attended and shared love and energy with us. Your support makes it possible to continue to do the fulfilling work of enhancing lives through photography!
Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926-April 21.2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. She was recently the subject of the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.
To all our friends of the Josephine Herrick Project, I want to thank you for all your support that has allowed us to live up to our mission to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s completely free programs inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.
Today, we invite you to support the Josephine Herrick Project as part of #GivingTuesday,. a national movement to give back to nonprofits that make a difference.
After “giving thanks” on Thanksgiving Day and scoring great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday was created by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations to lend support to those charitable causes that would appreciate some extra support at this time of the year. More than 2,000 organizations participated in #GivingTuesday last year and raised over $10 million in donations.
This has been a fantastic year of growth for Josephine Herrick Project, which for seven decades has enchanced the lives of more than 100,000 Americans by teaching them the basics of photography – for free! Today through our free program, military veterans, autistic children, at-risk youth, formerly homeless New Yorkers and other people in need connect with the world and share their experiences in their own photos and writing.
So please consider a gift to the Josephine Herrick project on #GivingTuesday to help make it possible for us to create new programs for 2014 for students on the waiting list and help more children, adults and veterans realize the “the power of Photography” as a means of communication.
With my hearfelt thanks for your support and best wishes for you and your loved ones during this holiday season.
Twenty-year-old Akeem Bonaparte just completed a Blurb book, Downtown Manhattan, a combination of writing and photographs. When Brandon Stanton, Founder of Humans of New York, was introduced to Akeem at a JHProject gallery opening last week, he went wild over Akeem’s fresh, poetic writing. His verbal descriptions invite the reader to look at an image again and again to discover his sense of shape, texture and personal reference in his photographs. Akeem’s artistic sensibility is changing our vision of the world!
Akeem studies photography through the JHProject at the Birch Family Services, an organization that provides special schools to individuals with autism, and also currently interns at the JHProject office. He says that photography has helped him to “socialize,” and has taught him the joy of being part of a community. Read the public’s comments about Akeem’s book on the Humans of New York blog. Click here to preview and order your copy of Downtown Manhattan.