art & advocacy :: a participatory child rights advocacy campaign

Monday Feb 13, 2012: Silent Auction & Presentation:

UNC Wilmington, Feb 13,2012 4 – 5:30pm 1005 McNeill Hall

Entire Exhibit at UNC Chapel Hill, Main floor Rosenau Hall (Global Health Building)

Exhibit: Fall & Spring 2012 semester

While living in Lira, Uganda in 2010, I volunteered my time to teach homeless street children how to use disposable cameras. Using a method similar to photovoice, and incorporating story boarding, the children used visual elements to tell their stories. Most children told the stories of why they are living on the street. Those stories, photos, and illustrations were combined into posters which we used as a child rights advocacy campaign in Lira, Uganda. The photographs and artwork are currently on display at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. I hope to keep this exhibit circulating in the U.S. to continue to advocate for child rights around the world. I have been invited to return to Uganda to provide similar workshops for Child Restoration Outreach in 4 other city sites across Uganda. We are in the process of seeking funding for this program.

(photo taken by Ed Shires at Projekte Art Gallery in Wilmington,NC)

The end goal of this exhibit is to promote and protect child rights around the world. This gallery and people who promote the artwork and words of these children are taking a part in helping the voices of these children to be heard. If not for giving them the opportunity to put their words and art on paper, we would not know their struggles, needs, hopes, and desires for their lives.

As a local advocacy campaign effort beginning in October 2010, nine venues in Lira, Uganda hung a total of twelve posters which are compilations of the stories and artwork of 6 street kids from Lira. The artwork and stories were produced by the children and recorded in September 2010. I hope to have a traveling exhibit of this work around the U.S., Uganda, and other countries. Please visit my earlier blog posts where I reported from each day of the workshop:

Day 1 :: Camera and Storytelling Essentials

Day 2 :: Storyboards

Day 3-5 :: Prints, Narrative, Guest Photographer

Story Exhibit in Lira

The opt-in 1-week+ workshop I led included teaching street children about telling stories through words and images. I taught the basic story arc and how to take a photograph. I also introduced them to the internet. Most kids had never seen it before, though they knew the concept of a computer (Child Restoration Outreach had a computer). They were allowed to tell any story through photos, illustrations, and art. They were given a disposable camera, which they kept for one day. They presented their top five photos to the class, and described their story board illustrations to me in an interview style. CRO provided a translator the entire workshop.

(photos taken by Tony Pearce at Monkey Bottom Collaborative in Durham, NC)


Thanks to friends and family that have helped me to hang this exhibit in various Locations this year!
So far we’ve been to:
Monkey Bottom Art Gallery, Durham, NC
Projekte Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC

Boseman Art Gallery, UNC Wilmington