IMPACT Awards -- 20/20 FOTO





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Published on Nov 6, 2012

Student Team 20/20 FOTO

20/20 FOTO is Roberto Gomez (MFA and MA Visual and Critical Studies), Heidi Lubin (MFA), Neil Rivas (MFA), Maria Alzatin Nunez (Sculpture), and Claudia Marquez (Photography).

20/20 FOTO will be one of the first institutional cross-border art programs between Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, since the recent period of regional violence began in 2008. (These two cities face each other directly across the U.S.-Mexico border.)

The team reports that there are 10,000 orphans in Ciudad Juarez and 30,000 undocumented youth in El Paso. Using photography as a strategy, 20/20 FOTO hopes to help these children defy the labels placed upon them and assert themselves as individuals. Gomez observes, "We look past these social situations to the youth as empowered individuals -- unique people with resilience and incredible stories to tell."

In late July, partnering with Creative Kids in El Paso and Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa in Juarez, the team will lead 40 youth (20 from each side of the border) in themed workshops that will teach them skills related to storytelling and photography techniques. In the latter half of their month-long project, 20/20 FOTO will host a cross-border installation and two exhibitions. Evaluation will take place through blog and journal entries, participant interviews, community events, and visibility in local and national media outlets.

20/20 FOTO wants the project to be replicated yearly, and so the team will leave a library of 20 digital cameras with Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa. They will train local student leaders to be peer educators, develop a year-round photography curriculum, and form partnerships within the press.

Learn More About IMPACT and Apply in 2013

CCA students interested in learning more about the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards should attend this year's final IMPACT team presentations in September 2012 and come to one of the Center's hosted information and networking sessions, which will start in October 2012. Applications will be due in early spring 2013 for projects that will take place in summer 2013. (The Center will email a schedule of upcoming info sessions to all currently enrolled CCA students.)

Get more information and updates on the IMPACT blog (impact-awards.org) and the Center's Twitter feed (@CCA_Center).

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