Photography & Participation: How Photovoice Engages and Rebuilds Communities

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What is the role of photography in community engagement?  The third story in a featured series on the role of artists in disaster management and resilience on Creative Exchange.  

 

In part three of the ongoing disaster relief series, artist and community development consultant Amelia Brown examines the role of photography in community engagement through the use of the participatory research process Photovoice in North Minneapolis. 

What is the role of photography in community engagement? How can increased engagement lead to effective community rebuilding and development? Photovoice, a participatory research process, provides opportunities for community members to tell their own stories through photography. This approach can serve as a bridge between underrepresented, marginalized, or disaster-impacted communities to share information with policy makers and other leaders. Artists are in a unique position to creatively connect the needs of a community to those who have the resources to meet those needs. This is the third in a series about the role of artists in disaster management and resilience. See the first story here and the second story here.

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Source: http://www.springboardexchange.org/features/photovoice.aspx