Sustainable development through meaningful partnerships.
From February 16 to 25, 2015, Juntos hosted Snap Together: A Cultural Exchange Through Children’s Photography. This photography exhibition sought to connect students in Pittsburgh to their counterpart in Rosa Grande, Nicaragua who did a similar activity last summer. We asked both groups of students to take a picture of their daily lives and people, places, or objects that matter to them. We encouraged them to think about photography as a medium for storytelling. The gallery consisted of 22 of these photos (11 from Pittsburgh and 11 from Rosa Grande). The photos from Rosa Grande provided a “snapshot” intothe lives of those students who live a world away- both in terms of distance and culture, but proved to Pittsburgh they are more alike than they think because the same things mattered to them: family and community.
On Friday, February 20, 2015, about 15 students from Pittsburgh’s Earthen Vessel Outreach visited the Ellis Gallery in Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts (CFA) building. Juntos members led a discussion with them about the photos displayed. The answers varied, but there was a common thread: these photos were not so different from each other. The photos, whether taken by a child in Nicaragua or Pittsburgh, depicted the beauty of the place they lived and the family/friends they love. Noting the similarities between the two sets of photos is exactly what we hoped Pittsburgh students would takeaway.
After discussing the photos, we explored the CFA building, which provided another chance for the students to take photos and explore their interest in the field. At the same time, they were also able to explore what various disciplines, such as architecture and music spaces looked and felt like.
The event was a success. We furthered Juntos’ mission to expose students their counterparts in Nicaragua, but also university environment. We look forward to collaborating in the future with Earthen Vessels Outreach and bring them back to CMU’s campus.