About the Program
Holyoke Through Our Eyes is a series of hands-on photography workshops taking place over 6 weeks for middle school and high school students at Girls Inc. Holyoke, facilitated by artist Erika Zekos.
Jerome Liebling’s photographs of Holyoke from the 1980s, which will be exhibited in the city as a key part of the Holyoke Points of View events, will be the springboard for the project.
The students will first spend time considering Liebling’s work, learning about the camera and their own neighborhoods. Later they will learn to take their own pictures and together will curate which ones to exhibit. In doing so, they will develop a sense of community awareness and pride. Using the camera as a tool for “seeing” their city in a new way, the students use writing, visual arts, graphic design, peer presentation to share their ideas about the city they call home.
Erika Zekos is a designer, teacher, advocate, and public artist from Amherst, MA. Her projects consider the intersection of design and the built and natural environments. They engage their communities, inviting collaboration and rethinking of the world around us. Since completing her architecture degree, Erika has practiced architecture and taught design in colleges and K-12 schools. She has completed numerous public art installations in Boston and western MA, as well. She currently works with the Mass. Farm to School Project.
Geisha I. Uroza was the principal liaison between the photo project and Girls Incorporated of Holyoke. Ms. Uroza is a Girls Incorporated of Holyoke Site Coordinator and local expert on the Girls Inc. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention curricula. Ms. Uroza has a degree in Early Education and extensive experience working with youth as a former member of AmeriCorps and as a former pre-school teacher.
Samantha is a Peer Leader at Girls Inc. of Holyoke and a member of the ING investment challenge at Girls Inc. She is a driven young woman who is successful in her online courses. She is currently a student at Chicopee Comprehensive High School and has been accepted to the Lincoln Technical Institute, furthering her aspirations to own a bakery.
Yomira is a Peer Leader at Girls Inc. of Holyoke and a member of the ING investment challenge at Girls Inc. Formerly a member of the Upward Bound cohort at Holyoke Community College, Yomira is a smart young lady who plans on pursuing a degree in Biology to become a Biology teacher. In addition to pursuing her academic interests, Yomira is a talented signer and member of her high school’s choir.
Katie is a Peer Leader at Girls Inc. of Holyoke and the President of the ING investment challenge at Girls Inc. This year, she will be co-facilitating the ING investment challenge curriculum. Dedicated and motivated, Katie has not only been accepted into 3 different colleges in Florid but also has been named as a 2013 Girls Inc. National Scholar. An academic and an athlete, Katie is also a member of her school’s volleyball team.
Rebecca is a Peer Leader at Girls Inc. of Holyoke. Aside from her membership at Girls Inc., Rebecca plays the clarinet in her school band, and shows an interest in the well-being of others through activism and scholarship. She is currently a member of the local GSA (Gay Straight Alliance), and is working on meeting her goals of getting accepted to college to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.
Ana is a member of the ING investment challenge at Girls Inc. of Holyoke. A determined and driven young woman, Ana plans to transfer from Holyoke Community College to a four year school to pursue a degree in Architectural Interior Design. Artistically talented, she is a member of the high school choir, plays the piano, and was a member of the stage crew for the high school musical.
Kiana Pauline Correa
Kiana Correa is a Peer Leader at Girls Inc. of Holyoke. Aside from her participation in Girls Inc., Kiana is a member of organizations aligned with her career aspirations and interests. She is a member of the Future Nurses Club, Future Teacher’s Club, and the Latin Dance.
Dina Cruz: Project Assistance.
About Girls Inc.
The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold by providing them the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential.
Girls Inc. provides girls ages 5-18 with engaging and educational youth development programs that are cutting edge, research driven and designed to meet the specific needs of girls.
About Holyoke Public Library
The mission of the Holyoke Public Library is to provide the citizens of Holyoke with the tools and opportunities to improve themselves and their quality of life while promoting literacy, the enjoyment of reading and life-long learning through the provision of equal access to library materials, services, facilities, technology, up-to-date resources and programs to meet the educational, informational, social, cultural, and recreational needs for residents of all ages and abilities in the City of Holyoke and surrounding areas.