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Free workshop: Visual Storytelling as Activist Strategy
January 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Documentary photography and films offer powerful mediums for engaging communities in action to address issues of human rights and environmental injustice. The session will show participants how to leverage a story, while maintaining their creative vision and aesthetic integrity. Participants will learn how to use exhibitions and screening events to raise the visibility of their work, collaborate with non-traditional allies, engage the strategic audiences and make an impact. The session will show participants how to leverage a story within their organizations and in communities. Case studies will showcase ways that documentary art has been used to bolster organizing for racial justice and sustainability.
The workshop is led by Michael Premo, Storyline Media and Molly Murphy, Working Films.
This workshop is held in conjunction with Newspace’s exhibition, Water Warriors (January 8 – February 27, 2016). Water Warriors is a photography and film-based installation by Michael Premo and Andrew Stern chronicling the successful efforts of one community’s resistance to fossil fuel drilling. In 2013, when a Texas energy company began exploring for natural gas, members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians, and English-speaking families united to drive out the company in an ongoing campaign to protect their land, water and way of life. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they also won the election of a new government and a conditional moratorium on fracking.
Free and open to the general public.