Creative Voices was born my senior year in college, while I was studying Human Rights and Social Movements with World Learning in Argentina. I had to design an independent study project for the final, and I wanted to do something hands-on. I also wanted something that I could continue into my senior year and hopefully the extent of my career.
I’ve always been interested in creative expression and how it can promote social change, so I designed an action project that involved a 3-week workshop in photography. The goal was to see if the course helped raise the self-esteem of each student by giving him/her the opportunity to be heard.
I chose to work with Sol Naciente while in Argentina in the fall and Middle Way House in Bloomington, Indiana during the spring as a continuation of my senior thesis. Both are non-governmental organizations, and I chose them because much of their focus is on female empowerment and providing women with the means to meet their own needs. I found their dedication to the betterment of individuals through group work inspiring and perfectly applicable to my project. Thus, I asked them for permission to teach my workshop, and my proposal was accepted.