BENEFITING: Voices of the Children
Peace In Peace Out is a Voices of the Children project of multi-cultural photo journalism, painting, and a weaving exchange between families living within our Skagit Valley community. Through this project, youth tell personal and community stories and the value of their experiences through art.
The project takes place in four stages:
Stage one involves six youth groups working through 3 essential questions, "What is the best part of me?" “Who is a significant person of culture in my life?” and “What is home?” Local youth show their answers to these questions through documentary photography. The result is an outdoor exhibition on 1st St. in Mount Vernon, WA featuring at least 50, 3’ X 4’ portrait photographs displayed the month of May, highlighting diversity within our community.
Stage two includes digging deeper into the personal stories realized during the portrait exploration, expressed through journalism and documentary film-making. The result of stage two is a series of op-ed columns and documentary shorts featured on the Voices of the Children website and social media accounts.
Stage three comprises of painting workshops. Youth learn fundamentals of painting through painting a selection of portraits from stage one. The best and most complete paintings are used for stage 4 of the project.
Finally, some of the paintings from stage 3 are overlaid with a grid pattern to use as a template to crochet hangings from recycled materials. The result is a series of very large crochet pieces for display on country barns during the Skagit Farm and Art Tour in July 2017.
Your generous donation is used to print at least 50, 3”X4’ portraits, hardware for hanging, lift rental for hanging, art supplies, sheets for the crocheted pieces and a small stipend for the program leader to compensate for travel and expenses.
The project is a part of Voices of the Children (www.votchildren.org) and your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law.
To see the portraits hung on barns around the Skagit Valley and read the youth's stories, visit: https://www.votchildren.org/peace-in-peace-out.html