Program Spotlight: Brain Injury Survivors

Josephine Herrick Project and the Brain Injury Association of NY State, NYC Chapter are partnering for a second time to offer weekly photography classes to adults living with brain injury.

The current program is focusing on storytelling and “The Art of Life.” People living with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often suffer from physical and cognitive shifts like weakened vision, difficulty in communicating thoughts and/or difficulty with spatial or facial recognition. Working with the camera allows students to navigate their perceptions of and communicate to the world around them. “The Art of Life” simply speaks to the consistent beauty that exists around us and our individual understanding and connections to that beauty that are captured by the camera.

JHP volunteer instructors Maggie C. and Virginia A. are working alongside NYC Chapter President, Mauricio B., who has also returned as a program participant. The group has engaged photography on a larger scale and taken city based excursions to Bryant Park and to the NYPL current photography exhibit, Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography. Classroom space is donated by Rusk Rehabilitation Center Currently, at least 5.3 million Americans live with disabilities caused by TBI and JHP is honored to support NYC based individuals through visual literacy and creative storytelling.

JHP Celebrates: Veterans on Veteran’s Day

Josephine Herrick Project is thinking of our veterans on Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service all over the world. Thank you to our veterans who serve as teaching artists by volunteering their free time and continuing to serve our country and those in need.

Our veteran photographers lead photography classes throughout the year where they can focus on positive thinking, community building.

Josephine Herrick Project honors veterans today and everyday through our work in VA hospitals and Vet Centers.

Photograph by: Israel Smith, Veteran, Services for the Underserved

Top Photograph by: Anna Swanson, Veteran, Bronx VA

Program Spotlight: Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh NY

This summer, Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) and the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh New York in conjunction with Safe Harbors of the Hudson partnered to bring a social justice focused photography workshop to the youth of Newburgh. Under the direction of Vincent Cianni, photographer, educator and social justice advocate, Richard Rabinowitz, director of the Digital Photo Academy, and Josephine Herrick board member and Jose Vasquez, director of programming at Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh, twelve young photographers documented the streets of Newburgh for five weeks with cameras aimed at capturing the essence and local resources of the community. The results of their investigation are on view in the exhibition: Newburgh: Past, Present and Future. 

An opening reception was held August 26th, but photographs will be on view from August 26 through mid-November, 2015 at Safe Harbors on the Hudson in the Lobby at the Ritz (107 Broadway, Newburgh).

“We couldn’t be more excited about our collaboration with Safe Harbors and the Josephine Herrick Project and we are honored to have Vincent Cianni volunteer his time and work with our Club members. The Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh believes strongly in the value of a quality arts education and the impact it can have on youth.  We are incredibly proud of the work our members produced and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at their exhibit.” – Kevin D. White, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh

Program Spotlight: OASIS at Pace University

The OASIS Program at Pace University is dedicated to supporting students with a variety of learning differences and for a second year, JHP has partnered to bring an intimate photography program to their population.

This year, four students alongside volunteer photographers Elena Bernstein and Margaret Dessau walked the Financial District streets taking note of the different sites in their immediate community. Different than other programs, the OASIS students each created their own book featuring their photographs from each week of the program. Though the group was small, the participants experienced a strong program and received one-on-one attention from the photographers enhancing the participants’ use of individual voice in capturing images.

We are grateful for such a strong partnership with Pace University and look forward to more programs and events.

Program Spotlight: Goodwill Beacon Student Photographers Prepare for College Tour

Goodwill Industries and Josephine Herrick Project recently collaborated to bring a 4-week after school photography program to high school students as they prepare to embark on their annual college tour. Learning to utilize the camera as a tool for documenting and telling a story, the students will serve as the official college tour photographers this year. Supported by the expertise of JHP volunteer photographers, Romina Hendlin and David Mark Erickson, the students focused on composition, finding patterns and point of view. The goal of this program is to guide students in navigating new spaces by using the viewfinder to zoom in on their interests as they relate to choosing a college to attend.

Last week, I led the group in a mock college tour around the Goodwill campus where we staged introductions to “college staff” and practiced the techniques of capturing stories of their individual and collective experiences with photos. As we walked the halls, I acted as a student tour guide asking and answering questions while the photography instructors quizzed them on their knowledge of the camera. To watch these students excitedly engage with the camera was incredible and gave me great confidence that they will return to Astoria with dazzling photos.

This pilot program is the first of what we hope to be many programs in collaboration with Goodwill’s Beacon program.

– A. Williams

Program Spotlight: IVDU




In October, JHP began a new year-long program at The Marilyn David IVDU Upper School in Brooklyn, thanks    to a grant from an anonymous foundation. Teaching photographers Paula Berg and Vik Gupta  lead six              emotionally challenged teens out to photograph on the streets of Brooklyn; to Dumbo to take in the view, and to  the New Fulton transit station which has a spectacular oculus. The IVDU teachers and director of the school,  Chavie Kahn, were thrilled to observe as the boys learned to express themselves visually and speak critically  about their photographs.  And the teens were surprised and delighted at the December exhibition by the quality of  their images and what they were able to accomplish.

“I Have a Voice” JHP Program at International High School

I HAVE A VOICE is a new Josephine Herrick Project 8-week photography program that started in October at the International High School in partnership with the Cartwheel Initiative and Children’s Museum of the Arts. Nousha Salimi is our photograph teacher along with a Parsons intern, Julia Himmel. Students will also write stories, compose music and use their photographs to create a stop film animation with Ashok SInha, Deborah Feingold and the staff at the Children’s Museum.








I have a Voice ” a program at the International High Schools in collaboration with Cartwheel Initiative.

PhotoVoice JHP Program at the Step Up Community

By Jamie Ogrodnik – September 12, 2014

Josephine Herrick Project is a volunteer service organization, providing free photography programs to underserved audiences. JHP believes that cameras are transformational tools that give a voice to all people and strengthens visual literacy. In February of 2014, JHProject teamed up with Step Up youth participants in a local community assignment using photography.

Step Up is a project of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research located within NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.  Designed as a youth development and mental health program, Step Up was created by and for high school students. Together they all work towards the goal of promoting social and emotional development, academic achievement, “on time” high school graduation, and a positive transition to young adulthood.   Components of Step Up could include youth life skills groups, one on one mentoring, academic supports and internships, and family level engagement.


This past February we had the privilege of working with Step UP.  JHP’s volunteer professional photographers, Virgina Franklin, Nousha Salimi, and Rick Gerrity, helped students to learn about photography and how to use the power of images to tell stories about their communities.  The first part of the assignment had the students meet to discuss what defines a community.  This allowed for the children to identify the community they felt a special connection with and then speak about the strengths and challenges that could occur within these communities.


After that, students used their “photovoice” by using the camera to capture the previously addressed issues in their communities.  Once behind the camera, students observed life in their communities through a new vantage point helping them with not only communal issues but with sparking creative juices that could eventually lead to self-betterment and the strengthening of their visual literacy.

A photo book was created capturing their experiences.  Above are actual pages from the book.

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