DENVER – The North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), Denver Smart City, the University of Denver, The GrowHaus, and PCs for People partnered this past month for the Smart City Photovoice Project in North Denver. The project engaged 13 teenagers from the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods to have their voice heard through photography. The participants artistic work will be exhibited at The GrowHaus on Thursday, August 3 from 5-6:30 p.m.
“Taking the pictures was my favorite part of the Photovoice Project,” says Antonio Luna, one of the participating teens. “We got to express the bad things about our community and now we have the opportunity to make a change,” adds 14-year old Lizbeth Zamudio.
Photovoice is a process by which project participants are provided cameras to document their lived experiences revolving around a project topic or theme. The Elyria and Swansea Photovoice Project sought the youth’s perspective about their community, helping shape the development of future initiatives and efforts for Denver Smart City.
Through their photographs, participants shared what they love about their community and what they would like to change. The exhibition celebrates the youth work and honors their experiences of mobility in Denver.
“This exhibit puts teens’ voices front and center,” explained Emily Silverman, Denver’s Technical Program Manager for Denver Smart City. “I was impressed with the teens’ photographs and the conversations they spurred within their community.”
“It is so important for the students to understand both the positive and negative aspects of their communities. Photovoice has given them a space to see themselves as part of the solution,” says Jackie Beavers, Education Program Coordinator at The GrowHaus.
City officials will be at this exhibit to honor the participants and will embrace the work of the teens to help shape the development of future initiatives and efforts.