Exhibition: AjA Student Photography

Sparks Gallery is pleased to host a guest exhibition by The AjA Project, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization providing participatory photography programming to youth and communities.

In partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education Juvenile Court and Community Schools, The AjA Project programmed with youth participants through its Art + Social Justice curriculum at two unique sites in San Diego this Spring.

“How We See,” an exhibition by 37ECB students, is a culmination of work developed over 20 sessions of AjA Project programming centered around photography and identity. For three months students photographed their social and personal environments using film and digital cameras. Their work is a testament to perseverance, determination, and creativity.

The gallery is also featuring a participatory photo art installation in our back patio titled, “Let Me Tell You My Name” by La Mesa Reflections students. This installation includes original large-scale images speaking to the themes of identity and stereotypes. Students were asked to analyze their personal and social landscapes, highlighting the importance of their individual selves, rather than a perceived stereotype, and present the images to view through a large scale installation.

The AjA Project is headquartered in City Heights, San Diego. Since its founding, AjA has provided long-term, community-based programming for over 5,000 individuals, and has shared visual narratives with over 4.5 million viewers through large-scale public exhibits. AjA’s mission is to provide photography-based programming to transform the lives of youth and communities. The AjA project exists to ignite change, break cycles of marginalization and to build healthy communities.

AjA’s #SafeHavenInFocus giving campaign celebrates the resilience, passion, and agency of the individuals and communities they serve.

To donate to AjA’s #SafeHavenInFocus giving campaign, click on this link.

Reception: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 6PM – 8PM
Community reception wine sales to benefit The AjA Project.

// Live painting by Brady Willmott, Lori Mitchell, Marcia Hoeck, and Santos Orellana

// Exhibition on view through JULY 7, 2019