“Tu voz importa / Your Voice Matters” is a photovoice project with youth and women in Latino farmworker families in Northern California. It amplifies the unique voices of youth and women by harnessing their abilities to tell their own stories through photography workshops.
One of the most important outcomes of this project is the ongoing goal to create a safe space for the youth and women in the community to share their stories and build their networks of support. Ideally, through this process, they will be better able to express their needs, access the services available to them while understanding how powerful their words and images are.
There are two important phases of this project: the photovoice workshops, where participants create their stories; and the outreach/advocacy phase, where participants share their stories with the community.
We are currently wrapping up the photovoice workshops. These workshops provided the opportunity for participants to learn basic photography and capture images that represented their lives. Using their photographs as a guide we held insightful and intimate group discussions where participants thought critically and reflected on their photographs while developing a compelling way to tell their stories. Our culminating activity is to weave together their powerful photographs and stories which they will share with their families, friends, and the larger community through a series of exhibits.
We believe that have an amazing opportunity to create change on a larger scale through our next phase, advocacy and outreach. We are creating a series of exhibits, which we intend to present at the local, regional, and state levels as well as facilitating opportunities for discussions with local leaders. By showcasing this essential work to a public audience, we help create spaces for meaningful change to occur.
To that end, we are asking our community for support. With the help of California Humanities funding, and some incredible local partners who have made it possible for us to get this far, we are calling on the community to help us cross the finish line.
Our goal is to raise enough funds to create a moving, powerful mobile exhibit so that we are able to bring the voices to several communities as well as support the final exhibit at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at Chico State.
Please help us create and sustain a brilliant exhibit that will showcase these incredible stories and demonstrate that changemaking is possible.
We are grateful for your contribution and we look forward to sharing their beautiful work with you.