Program Spotlight- S:US Knickerbocker Veterans

Knickerbocker Participants with Volunteer Photographers

Yesterday, veterans from Services for the Underserved (SUS): Knickerbocker Housing culminated their photography program with an in-house photography exhibition. Over the last eight weeks, the small but dedicated group traveled with cameras in tow to various Brooklyn locations learning from JHP volunteer photographers Nousha Salimi and Vik Gupta. On their final meeting, the vets erected their own showcase of photography and accompanyingcaptions. The exhibition comprises photos representing their trips to places like Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Opportunities to engage photography and communicate with the outside community are necessary for our veteran groups, especially those in shared housing. “This is good for us,” says Israel, resident and participant, “to leave here and see something different. We need it.” The mission of JHP is to support groups like the veterans at Knickerbocker by offering programming that contributes creativity, positivity and new experiences into their lives. This was the second program collaboration between JHP and S:US.

Even more exciting, JHP received an award from the NEA to support teaching artist Nousha Salimi in her photography practice and work in the social justice community. Nousha’s work and the veteran’s photos will reach a larger audience in an exhibition on the Lower East Side from June 22-25.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov

Larry hanging his artwork.

Walter placing photos.

Wes and his photos. 

Join Us in April at Soho Photo Gallery: US Veterans A Retrospective

Josephine Herrick Project

U.S. Veterans: The Healing Art of Photography 1943-1955

Opening Reception: April 1, 2014. 6-8 pm

SohoPhoto Gallery

15 White Street, NY www.sohogallery.com

Panel Discussion, April 24, 6pm at the SoHoPhoto Gallery

A panel discussion on photography as a proven therapeutic approach to healing, fro WWII to today. Panelists will include a member of Rusk Institute’s Rehabilitation Division, a prominent war photographer, and an art therspist. Moderated by Miriam Leuchter, Editor-in-Chief, Popular Photography and American Photo.

RSVP: Josephine Herrick Project 212-213-4946 or elana@jhproject.org