Professors Claire Garoutte, Fine Arts, and Saheed Adejumobi, History/Global African Studies/Film Studies, worked with local Somali teens on a photographic project now on exhibit at Seattle City Hall.
With a focus on first-generation youth, “Our Children, Our Voices” is a multi-layered narrative. The teens focused on cultural heritage, community, and citizenship. Seattle is home to the second largest Somali population in the United States.
In addition to the photographs by the Somali teens, photographs by College of Arts and Sciences photography majors Jon Polka and Candace Shankel illustrate a year of activities from the Yesler Terrace Neighborhood House Head Start program.
The project was funded by a grant from Humanities Washington and a Global Grant from Seattle University. The exhibit runs through September 5.
Claire Garoutte joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2006 and directs the photography program. Saheed Adejumobi joined the college faculty in 2005 and teaches courses in African history, African American history, and courses in African film and music with emphasis on the intellectual history, aesthetics and politics of the Black diaspora.
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