I am fascinated by the ways art can and has changed lives. Here are some examples:
“PRH’s work is founded on the principle that art and the community that creates it can revitalize even the most depressed of inner-city neighborhoods, for the mutual good of existing and future residents. Thus, the mission of Project Row Houses is to create community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture. Inspired by the work of African-American artist Dr. John Biggers, through the power of art, PRH has established programs that encompass arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization, low-income housing, education, historic preservation, and community service.”
Last year I heard Rick Lowe speak about Project Row Houses. I escentually sat in amazement the entire time he spoke. Here’s the website: http://www.projectrowhouses.org/ I insist that you visit it.
“A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.”
This is a documentary of children in the brothels of Calcutta, whose lives are changed by a woman, who gives them cameras. the pictures are sold to fund their education. I highly advise watching this movie. Here’s a website: http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/bornintobrothels/