What is Voices and Visions?

Timuel Black, lead organizer for the Chicago contingent of the March on Washington, addresses a group of students in advance of the march.

Bronzeville resident and historian Timuel Black (left), lead organizer for the Chicago contingent of the March on Washington, addresses a group of students in advance of the march.

Woodlawn Voices and Visions is a six-week summer program that teaches local students the basics of journalism, research, and videography. Last year, we connected them with longtime community member to create the raw material for a local history exhibit. This year, we are co-developing individual documentary ideas for groups of students. Using video equipment, including cameras on loan from CAN-TV, we will collect interviews with people on the street and experts in fields related to the students’ topics.

With the assistance of the Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus, the students are also instructed in video editing and take that material and turn it into small documentaries that will be the centerpiece of the exhibit. Along the way, they learn photography, sound editing and other related skills and engage in team building and leadership development.

And they receive a stipend.

Stay tuned for lots of material about the community and about these young scholars and the folks they will interview. We all hope to learn a lot about our neighborhood through this process, and we are excited to share it with you.

If you would like to help out or contribute, please email us at info [at] woodlawnvoices [dot] org.