The Department of Child and Family Studies, in collaboration with La Casita Cultural Center at Syracuse University, is pleased to announce the “West Side Through My Eyes,” teen photography exhibit. A preview will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Chancellor’s Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship on April 24 in the Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3. The full exhibit will take place May 3-August 1 at La Casita. Open to members of the local community and Syracuse University, the exhibit will share the sights and stories of the young residents of the Near West Side reflecting their identification of place in this dynamic urban setting.
The exhibit is a result of the “The Near West Side: A Fresh Set of Eyes” program that combined photography and writing for teens to share their views and vision Syracuse’s dynamic Near West Side neighborhood. Mary Kish, CFS internship coordinator, received a grant from Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life to develop the program. The project, a collaboration between the CFS department and La Casita Cultural Center launched this spring. It included documenting perspectives of young people in the Near West Side of Syracuse and sparking conversation among children and CFS students.