Brickton Art Center in Park Ridge will host a special photography exhibit by Maine Township High School teens that connects art with community action. PhotoVoice is an opportunity for teens to be seen and heard by community decision makers.
Photos will depict students’ response to the question “What do you aim for?” Students will be on hand during an Open House at Brickton Art Center on Friday, March 16th from 7-10 p.m. to explain the meaning of their artwork and the connection between what they aim for and how it helps them remain healthy and avoid alcohol and drugs. PhotoVoice provides a forum for ideas to be exchanged between teens, adults and policy makers.
The project was coordinated by Park Ridge Police Lt. Duane Mellema, Jaime Hecker of MCYAF (Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation), and Maine West High School staff members Greg Regalado and Dan Paustian. Students in the Warriors Above Drugs and Alcohol (WADA) group and those in Digital Imaging and Photography classes at Maine West participated.
PhotoVoice will also be on display at the Des Plaines Public Library later this spring.
The Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide Maine Township residents with a foundation to make healthier choices. MCYAF works with parents, schools, police, youth, government, health care providers, social service, faith and civic organizations toward a common goal of healthy youth. MCYAF secures federal and state grants as well as corporate and private donations for programs and services that promote improved health for residents. For more information, see www.mcyaf.com or contact us at (847) 858-7090.