Ahecha Paraguay Photography Exhibition
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Info about the Ahecha Paraguay Photography Exhibition
Since 2008, Peace Corps Volunteers in over 16 communities throughout Paraguay, have participated in Ahecha Paraguay, two month long photography workshops with youth. Ahecha Paraguay seeks to promote arts, culture, and individual expression and personal development within youth throughout Paraguay. Volunteers and youth participate in two ways; through the two month long workshops and the end of the year national photo tour.
At the end of the year, 47 photographs were chosen from the 16 participating communities as finalists to be showcased in a tour throughout the capital, Asunción. The exhibition provides an opportunity for Paraguayans to glimpse another part of their country as well as showcasing youth creativity, imagination and art and providing youth with an opportunity to raise pride in their work. One of the locations is the Terminal de Omnibus de Asunción, the most trafficked location in the nation.
Youth participants have been invited to visit the opening ceremony at the Terminal to share their experiences, explain their motivation, and view their artwork on public display. Unfortunately, participating youth do not have resources to pay for travel, overnight stay, and food expenses. Through a generous grant from Centro Cultural Americano Paraguayo meals have been covered. However, we are still seeking funds for the transportation and over-night housing. The costs for transportation and housing for 40 participants and their chaperones is $926.27.
Through the assistance of this partnership grant, this will be an opportunity for some participants to leave their communities for the first time. Furthermore, the will have the opportunity to experience their artwork on public display. For more information, please visit cocumu.blogspot.com or ahechaparaguay.blogspot.com. To take a look at the photos, please visit www.flickr.com/ahechaparaguay.