Focus on the Mission Teen Photo Exhibition

07 August 2015
Focus on the Mission Teen Photo Exhibition

The University of Michigan Detroit Center, in partnership with Focus: HOPE is proud to present the “2015 Focus on the Mission Teen Photo Exhibition.” The exhibition begins Wednesday, August 26 with an opening reception and program on Friday, September 25 from 6-8 p.m. The reception/program is open to the general public and includes complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments.

About the Opening Reception
Entitled "Werk, Slay, and Snatch: New Black Queer Medias" the opening reception for "Focus on the Mission" features an engaging discussion on the image of African American's in popular media. The discussion will be lead by Afro-Feminist, Humanist and Educator, David B. Green Jr., Ph.D. An educator at heart, Green teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Eastern Michigan University and serves as an Education Research Assistant at the University of Michigan. Broadly speaking, David takes a special interest in Cultural Studies, African American Literature and History, and theories and practices of Social Justice and is widely published in these areas.

About the Exhibition
Focus on the Mission is an annual diversity and leadership program celebrating multiculturalism through the art of photography. Recipient of the 2001 Great Lakes Community Arts Award, the program challenges high school students from the tri-county area to examine the roles of multiculturalism in their lives and in society. Through collaborative efforts, students from a wide range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races and faiths, confront their preconceived notions of one another and boldly take steps to dismantle them.

Guided by local professional photographers and art educators, students use the camera to show the world as they see it. The result is a stunning collection of black and white images that display the diversity and richness of Detroit’s historic past entwined with the youth of its present.

Since its launch in 1995, Focus on the Mission has provided over 900 teens from Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties with hands-on diversity and leadership training. The program helps students to develop a better understanding and respect for themselves and others while providing an opportunity to impact their communities.

This exhibit will be on display in the U-M Detroit Center’s Monts Hall, August 26 - October 10, 2015, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Gallery admission is free and open to the public. *UPDATE* This exhibition has been extended through November 16, 2015.

About Focus: HOPE
Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization in Detroit founded in 1968 after the Detroit riots. Throughout the years, Focus: HOPE has developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty and injustice, including food, career training, and community development programs. Through Focus: HOPE, thousands of individuals – especially women and minorities — have achieved financial independence. For more information, visit: focushope.edu