OJOS PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
A Community engagement project
An ALAS program
Runs June - November
The OJOS: Eye of the Beholder project is a multi-year initiative to engage youth in documenting the City of Reading through photography.
OJOS participants take a 2 hour photography workshop and then given a Digital Reflex Camera for a week for them to document their lives. The idea is to start changing mindsets, both among youth, but more importantly, among all of the neigh-sayers who think Reading youth are nothing but trouble-makers.
The mission of the OJOS: Eye of the Beholder project is to provide young artists a platform to amplify their sense of community connection through targeted networking, collecting resources, and leadership development. We view participation in interactive art projects as a gateway to civic engagement and a sense of personal power. The program promotes inter-generational interaction between young artists and key community leaders in Reading to further increase their connection to broader public life.