"Journey to Tanzania”
In July 2013, three New England native photographers: Chris Keeley, Pat Kennedy Corlin, Meagan Corlin Brogan travelled to Tanzania, Africa as participants in a travel photography workshop called The Giving Lens (www.thegivinglens.com). This organization was founded by world-renowned photographer Colby Brown and seeks to blend photo education with hands-on support for sustainable development projects around the world.
In Tanzania, through The Giving Lens partnership, Chris, Pat and Meagan were thrilled to assist with a variety of humanitarian projects with an NGO called Art in Tanzania. We had the opportunity to meet hundreds of kids of all ages in their schools, homes and communities, as well as explore the places and wildlife of their incredible country: Tanzania.
Through our lenses, we were introduced to an incredible world; one so very different from our own life experiences. We captured thousands of images along our journey and on March 7, 2014, we will be unveiling our visual story at the Main Street Art Gallery in Newfields, NH. This month-long exhibit showcases our amazing journey, and we have the opportunity to share over 60 images of the people of Tanzania and animals of the Serengeti at this event.
While our photographic journey was life-changing for us as artists, we were also inspired by the children we met in Tanzania to share our story within our communities at home. The Journey to Tanzania project is more than just a gallery showing of our images. We have partnered up with Main Street Art to share our images and stories with the children in their art classes, who are currently researching and studying Tanzania and producing artwork of their own, in a whole variety of media.
When we open our exhibit, we will be featuring some of those works from these students right in our own community who were inspired by the images and stories of a country over 7,000 miles away! These young artists will also have the opportunity to compose letters and photographs that will be delivered to students in Tanzania, and those students will benefit from a response from their new Tanzanian friends.
And we're not stopping there. Students at the Old Town School in Old Town, Maine as well as at the Newfields Elementary School are also participating in educational workshops. The students in these schools were inspired to create and fill friendship boxes with photos, letters and school supplies to be delivered to students in Africa at a future date.
Journey to Tanzania is terrific example of the 'ripple effect' that photography and good-old-fashioned story-telling can have.
Our planet is a large and incredible world, but through the arts, technology, social media and travel, we are figuring out how to make it smaller. This allows us to bring together children across the globe to connect with one another in a powerful and meaningful way. Through our gallery exhibit, we are "kickstarting" an opportunity to connect kids in our communities with those halfway around the world in Tanzania that were the original source of inspiration for this project.
We are asking for your help through Kickstarter to professionally produce our photographs for this event, so that we can use our images and experiences to ripple outward and influence change and community building for children both at home and across the globe.
Risks and challenges
We don't anticipate many challenges after this project is fully funded, since we have already prepared the images and worked with our amazing printer to have them ready for the show. That said, things can go wrong in post-production, but we have planned to work through any challenges that arise. The biggest fear we have is that we won't raise the full $5,000.00, which means that we will lose any funds we DO raise through this campaign. Please help us EXCEED our goal so we can reach out to more schools and galleries to "go on the road" with the images you help us to share!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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