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Exposures' Summer Program will bring together youth from diverse regions and backgrounds for three weeks of intensive arts programming.
Exposures' Summer Program will bring together youth from diverse regions and backgrounds for three weeks of intensive arts programming.
239 backers pledged $17,229 to help bring this project to life.

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Exposures’ 2013 Summer Program will bring youth from diverse backgrounds together on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where they will live together, learn together, and create together throughout three weeks of intensive arts and cultural programming.

Exposures programming includes youth and partnering educators from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; the city of Chicago, Illinois; the Navajo Nation in Arizona; and rural southern Vermont.

Our youth participants have been working with facilitators in their home communities throughout the year to develop photography skills to document their experiences, cultures, and communities. By using Exposures' online galleries, participants have been sharing and discussing their creative works. 

Double exposure project by Exposures Exchange participants
Double exposure project by Exposures Exchange participants

The 2013 Exposures Summer Program will bring these youth together in person in the host community of Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Here they will share artistic talents and personal experiences, and engage with the community to create collaborative photography and multimedia pieces sharing important stories of culture and community.

Participants will learn and experiment with a variety of photographic techniques including making portraits, composing landscapes, documenting events, developing photo-stories, and printing photographs onto cloth to create photographic quilts. Staff and facilitators will support youth in identifying and investigating topics of importance to them and to the Pine Ridge community, and will lead workshops designed to get participants working collaboratively within the community through photography, interviewing, and digital storytelling. 

By the end of the program, participants will have a body of individual and collaborative work which will be shared in a culminating event including an exhibition with presentations and a community meal. Works will later travel for exhibitions in each of our participants' home communities.

Cyanotype quilt by Exposures participants
Cyanotype quilt by Exposures participants

Host Community: Pine Ridge Reservation

The Exposures 2013 Summer Program will be held in collaboration with our programming partners on Pine Ridge Reservation. Pine Ridge is an Oglala Lakota Sioux Native American reservation. Located on the plains of South Dakota, Pine Ridge is both one of the poorest areas in the country, and also remarkable in historical heritage and cultural depth. In addition to our Pine Ridge youth participants and program partners, many families, friends, community members, and organizations on the reservation are involved with and contribute to Exposures programs and projects.

What You Can Do

Donate today to become part of this project and make it possible for our 2013 youth participants to experience the Exposures Summer Program! Supporting youth with equity is at the heart of Exposures’ mission. The majority of our youth participants come from families and communities experiencing economic hardships and with limited opportunities. The program is offered on a suggested sliding-scale fee, and very few can afford to pay the full program cost. Funds from this Kickstarter campaign will enable Exposures to provide the 2013 Summer Program - including materials, equipment, facilities, and transportation - to all of our youth participants. 

With your support, no youth will be turned away if unable to contribute financially.

As a donation to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your contribution will be tax deductible!

About Exposures

Exposures is a cross-cultural exchange program that establishes the arts as a common language among youth from diverse communities. Our programs are based in artistic collaboration and exchange, and are intended to facilitate creative cross-cultural dialogue and experiences that lead to a better understanding of our diverse communities and cultures. Exposures is a program of The In-Sight Photography Project. For more than ten years, Exposures has been providing opportunities for youth to cross geographic and cultural borders as they develop and exchange their perspectives, experiences and artistic skills.

Thank you to all who helped make our video! Images in the video were created by Exposures participants, facilitators, and staff members. Special thanks to Sarah Jayne, Annie, Liliana, Nathan, Tia, Sam, and Chris for contributing to the audio and Chris Lee for his audio engineering skills!

About The Rewards

Set of 5 Photographic Prints ($50 pledge)
Set of 5 Photographic Prints ($50 pledge)
Original Cyanotype Print [Sample] ($100 and $150 pledges)
Original Cyanotype Print [Sample] ($100 and $150 pledges)
Photographic Print ($250 pledge)
Photographic Print ($250 pledge)
Framed Photographic Print ($500 pledge - 11x16 or $1,000 pledge - 16x20)
Framed Photographic Print ($500 pledge - 11x16 or $1,000 pledge - 16x20)
Lakota Star Quilt [Sample] ($2,500 pledge)
Lakota Star Quilt [Sample] ($2,500 pledge)

Risks and challenges

Bringing people with varied perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences together is always a challenge in itself. It takes time to build a group dynamic, to establish comfort, and define our working relationships. But this is a challenge that we know is worth the work. As we learn to navigate our differences, barriers are let down, connections are made, the group coheres, and amazing things happen. We have seen it, and we are prepared to support and facilitate this process.

We come to the 2013 Summer Program with a ten-year history of designing programs using the arts as a common language connecting youth from diverse regions, backgrounds and cultural communities. We have established relationships and worked closely with youth and educators in our partnering communities for many years. And we are excited to see what life-changing experiences and stories unfold during Summer 2013.

We thank you for your contribution, and for spreading the word to anyone interested in supporting creative, cultural opportunities for underserved youth!

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    An In-Sight Photography Project sticker and a big thank you listed on our website!

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    A postcard sent from the program and a big thank you listed on our website!

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    A set of 5 prints by our program participants (approximately 4x6 inches) and a big thank you listed on our website!

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    An original cyanotype print and a big thank you listed on our website!

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    An original cyanotype print, a bundle of hand picked sage from Pine Ridge Reservation, and a big thank you listed on our website!

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    A beautiful print of a photograph by our program participants (approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches) and a big thank you listed on our website!

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    A beautifully matted and framed print of a photograph by our program participants (approximately 11 x 16 inches), and special recognition on our website!

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    A beautifully matted and framed print of a photograph by our program participants (approximately 16 x 20 inches), a bundle of hand picked sage from Pine Ridge Reservation, and special recognition on our website!

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    A traditional Lakota lone star quilt made on Pine Ridge Reservation, and special recognition on our website!

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