JHP Program to Exhibit at Carnegie Hall

We’ve been busy this summer. One of our exciting new programs was in conjunction with NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Participants from each of the seven NeOn Arts were guided through an asset mapping project led by professional photographers. JHP was given the opportunity to work with the Harlem NeON Arts team and volunteer teachers Alberto Vasari and Wendy Correa focused on a “Healthy Harlem” theme with their group. Students learned more about living healthy lives and maintaining healthy relationships from visits to the Harlem Grown office and farm, New York Restoration Project Gardens (Rodale Pleasant Park and Herb Garden), Work Hard. Train Harder! (gym and personal training) and a visit from When Love Works (relationship building).

This unique photo project introduced participants to new resources in their local communities with the opportunity to create an asset map using photographs taken of each of the five found assets. The photos will be used in an interactive Google map and will be on display in an exhibition and reception held at Carnegie Hall on Monday, September 28th. This reception is free and open to the public. Funding for NeON Arts programs is provided by the Open Society Foundations and grant money was awarded to JHP for this project by Carnegie Hall.

Participants capture the greenery at Rodale Pleasant Park.

Enjoying the fruits of labor in garden life.

Participant puts to work some new people skills learned from When Love Works.

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

See You at Photoville!

As I look out my office window, I see the blue, yellow and red shipping containers of Photoville!

We will load in on Wednesday, September 9th and are very excited to introduce Josephine Herrick Project to a brand new audience. We will showcase photographs by participants in 2015 programs as well as highlight work from the high school students of the Step Up program at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU. Our volunteer teaching photographers have also submitted work to exhibit and we are introducing our organization’s founder, Josephine Herrick (1897- 1972), photographer and social activist.

Plenty to see, so we hope to see you at Photoville!

Photoville is held at Brooklyn Bridge Park and will be open to the public September 10-13 and September 17-20.

Opening Night Party: September 10

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