Capturing Community - Bridge Building Through Story in the Digital Age...
...is an arts and technology centered outreach program focused on visual storytelling and social connectedness via the documentary arts.
This project illuminates Pittsburgh, Adair Park, Capitol View, and Capitol View Manor’s rich history to build community bridges into the future inspired by personal stories of the past. By bringing local artists and residents together through interviews and intimate photography, the project empowers elders and youth to capture and share personal narratives.
Neighborhood residents are the core of Capturing Community. TCP places major focus on nurturing relationships, building community, and encouraging feedback to frame its programs. Our role as a cultural agent reaches far beyond TCP’s everyday programming. We build long lasting authentic friendships with our outreach communities, artists, partners, patrons, and community leaders. We encourage their connections to each other, collaborations, and the expansion of dialogue. We invite these groups to introduce us to their audiences and vice versa. This dynamic allows everyone to take part in our process of community building with a sense of ownership and pride.
pictured left: TCP youth beneficiaries of Blueprint 58-Adair Park participate in "Capturing Community" funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
A Community Connection Council has been established to support Capturing Community. The council includes residents of the area who not only possess a deep knowledge of the community’s historical and cultural data, they are passionate individuals with strong community and social ties that span the breadth of the area. Youth participants are recruited and recommended by the council as well as interviewees who live and work in the area. The council further helps to engage the community at large through the disbursement of invitations to residents to attend workshops, exhibitions, and discussions. Local business involvement is encouraged through the hosting of events and workshops. Are you a resident of the above mentioned neighborhoods? JOIN OUR COUNCIL.
THE IMAGES & TEXT BELOW ARE SAMPLES FROM OUR OLD FOURTH WARD PROJECT: