The immediate goals of the Pozos Art Project for the remainder of 2011, which are the focus of this Kickstarter request for funding, are to:
1) Add twelve new digital cameras, which, added to our present inventory of six cameras, will allow us to teach photography to up to eighteen kids at a time.
2) Purchase photography and art supplies for our Pozos workshops in late July.
3) Print a 96-page color catalog of the best art from the 2011 workshops.
4) Purchase frames for a traveling exhibition to be assembled from the art done by kids in the 2011 workshops.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The Pozos Arts Project, Inc, based in Houston, Texas, is in its fifth year of operation. Its mission is to offer arts workshops, taught by distinguished artists, to children living in Mexico and Texas, regardless of their economic means. With this Kickstarter proposal, the Pozos Art Project seeks to raise $10,000 in funding, in order to carry on its 2011 summer workshops and to produce an exhibition and printed catalog of the children’s art made in those workshops.
The Pozos Art Project began in the fall of 2007, when the husband/wife team of Geoff Winningham and Janice Freeman began teaching photography and studio art to the children of their adopted Mexican home town, Mineral de Pozos, Guanajuato. Geoff Winningham is a professor of visual arts at Rice University, and he enlists a small group of undergraduate students each year to assist in teaching the workshops. High school students from across Texas also enroll in the summer workshops, giving them a unique opportunity to improve their skills in the arts, while experiencing the life and culture of Mexico.
The success of the first four years of the Pozos Art Project has exceeded all expectations. The quality of the photography and the art done by the kids has been extraordinary, leading to the publication of three printed catalogs and four museum exhibitions in Mexico and in the USA. The catalogs, ranging from 96 to 160 pages, include quality reproductions of the kids’ art and may be viewed in their entirely at: www.pozosartproject.com.
The center of operations for the Pozos Art Project is the Winningham/Freeman home in Pozos, including a painting studio, photography darkrooms, and a digital laboratory. In addition, the local catholic diocese in Pozos provides space for an expanded art studio. For the first four years of its operations, the Pozos Art Project has offered workshops entirely in Pozos. In the spring of 2011, it operated its first workshopin Houston, working in cooperation with the Houston Independent School District, the Center for Education at Rice University, and the Houston Grand Opera.
The Pozos Art Project, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization.
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