Beauty. That is probably not the first word that comes to mind when talking about third world countries. Usually people think of poverty, danger or just plain dirty. Beauty Beyond Borders looks past all of that and recognizes the true beauty of these countries.
Beauty Beyond Borders is a capstone project for a Quinnipiac University graduate student, Alicia Chouinard. The mission is to give youth in developing countries the opportunity to create and share works of art illustrating the true beauty of their country.
The project will start in Leon, Nicaragua with students at Alianza Americana. Between 5 and 10 students will receive a donated digital camera. Over one week, students will be given lessons and a specific area of focus in order to produce a collection of photos, videos, and accompanying text-based narrative that illustrates their given topic. With the assistance of experienced photographers and designers, the chosen students will be given the opportunity to illustrate the beauty of their country in order to show people that beauty exists in even the unlikeliest of places.
Over a series of months the students will capture, create, and submit their work to the project lead, Alicia, who will edit and compile selected pieces. The project will be available to follow here, at this blog as well as through twitter, youtube, and facebook. This Blog will be updated and maintained by Alicia and the students in Nicaragua.
At the conclusion of the project each student’s work will be displayed in gallery showings taking place at the Albert Schweitzer Institute in Hamden, Connecticut, the Studio of Photographic Arts in Manchester, New Hampshire and Alianza Americana in Leon, Nicaragua.
In order for this project to work, donations of digital cameras are imperative. If you decide to sponsor this project your name and logo will be featured on the Blog as well as in any news articles or other forms of publicity that Beauty Beyond Borders may receive. Please join Beauty Beyond Borders efforts in making this amazing initiative take place. For more information or if you are interested in sponsoring this project please contact Alicia Chouinard at firstname.lastname@example.org.