The Photovoice Project: Mondawmin
This spring, Blue Water Baltimore’s Education & Outreach Manager, Michel Anderson, facilitated a series of three workshops in Baltimore City’s Mondawmin neighborhood entitled Photovoice: Mondawmin. The project was generously funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation as part of our Deep Blue program. Photovoice is an internationally utilized, grassroots research method that enables a community to identify, represent, and enhance their surroundings through an artistic process. It uses the immediacy of photography and storytelling to furnish evidence and promote an effective, participatory means of sharing expertise to influence public policy. In Mondawmin, each of the five participants (in the above photo, from the left: Antoinette Duren, Cynphany Brown, Michel Anderson, Patricia Mullen-Gray, Valentino W., Tyannis Carter) set out to explore their neighborhood with cameras in hand and two questions in mind: What do I love about my neighborhood? . . . and what do I want to change? The workshop series culminated in a photography exhibit held in the Mondawmin Mall. Below are images from the exhibit and of some of their work. The full show included over 20 photographs coupled with revealing and inspiring artist-authored descriptions of their work. Over the next few months we will feature each artists’ work along with their descriptions in a series of blog posts.