TCP's Capture Project
The CAPTURE Project, TCP's signature outreach program, is an arts and technology workshop focused on visual storytelling and social connectedness via the documentary arts.
The CAPTURE Project empowers youth in Atlanta’s most impoverished neighborhoods to document and share their stories of community through personal interviews and intimate photography. The results are shared with residents and businesses to cultivate a stronger sense of community and connection.
THE PILOT PROGRAM:
In 2013 TCP piloted the Capture Project with the youth of Big Bethel AME Church and Perkerson Elementary school. Please check out behind the scenes images from our time with these young talents below and email us for more information about our program! Our work with Perkerson was generously supported by TARGET.
THE SUMMER WORKSHOPS
The CAPTURE Project's summer workshop series engages youth throughout Atlanta and equips them with necessary skills to create imagery connecting them to a rapidly disappearing culture. Gentrification has resulted in the displacement and loss of oral and cultural history in many of our neighborhoods. The foundational focus of the CAPTURE Project is to use photography and videography as media for underserved youth to preserve the past and guide the future of their surrounding neighborhoods.
The participants in the CAPTURE Project — student photographers, interviewees, exhibit hosts and attendees, partnering organizations, and policy makers — will make connections. By selecting exhibit hosts and partners such as the Atlanta Regional Commission and Jamestown, the CAPTURE Project aims to highlight the people whose names, faces, and stories will be impacted by the changes in O4W.
By sustaining the quality of the social community, not just a physical community, among long-time residents and newer residents, the CAPTURE Project creates a bridge between neighbors. While languages, religious beliefs, ethnicities, and identities differ, our hope is that their communal goals are congruent and our project will further align them.
WE MET OUR POWER2GIVE GOAL sponsored by the City of Atlanta's Bureau of Cultural Affairs and had a successful launch summer 2014. The Creatives Project, VSA Arts of Georgia, & YO Boulevard raised funds for CAPTURE in the O4W during a cocktail reception and meet & greet with TCP resident artists alongside a youth art display of works created during the pilot program. We presented the inaugural “Capturing Community” Youth Exhibition which showcased and celebrated works created by the Capture Project Summer Youth Portrait Workshop participants including students from Operation P.E.A.C.E. and other area summer camps. We hosted our first "Art of Community" dinner to support our 2015 efforts and our hopes to expand the program.
Over the next 2 years, we expect to reach approximately 400 children between the ages of 11-18 and ignite them with a heightened sense of social responsibility through the visual arts.
WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
We want to expand our reach into specific, highly under served neighborhoods in Metro Atlanta by offering the Capture Project to schools, community centers and neighborhoods with very high concentrations of children living in low income situations who may also have disabilities or other developmental delays. We want to build new perspectives in communities that may struggle with outdated archetypes. We want to teach youth, who have embraced technology, to use it to affect change in their own neighborhoods, on their own terms.