Monday, November 26, 2012

Two UNO Faculty Team Up for Haiti

haitiTwo faculty at the University of New Orleans teamed up this summer to help the children of Haiti express emotions and anxieties through art and photography following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

UNO Artist in Residence Ariya Martin spent two weeks teaching photography to youth in the Carrefour area of Port-Au-Prince called Riviere Froide. Martin, who has taught imaging courses in the Department of Fine Arts at UNO since 2006, co-founded her nonprofit organization, One Bird, based on programming of the New Orleans Kid Camera Project, which was started in 2007 to address emotional and psychological impacts on children by Hurricane Katrina.

Through the Kid Camera Project, children of the greater New Orleans area expressed through art work, mixed media and photography moments of transition and concerns about what had happened to their city. Martin used the same strategy to help the children of Riviere Froide. Photographs from One Bird: Haiti will be on display through December 8 at the UNO St Claude Gallery, 2429 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117.

Martin decided to bring her skills and talent to Haiti after reading about an art camp in Haiti run by UNO Mathematics Professor Yvelyne Germain McCarthy, who is president of the Haitian Association for Human Development (AHDH) and a native of Haiti.

Germain-McCarthy, who has volunteered in Haiti a number of times since the earthquake, helped Martin and two other photographers launch a photography camp alongside her art camp. Together, the UNO faculty and photographers took children to a museum documenting the Haitian periods from slavery to independence, as well as to the beach. Haitian children participating in the camps received cameras donated by One Bird, dental supplies donated by New Orleans dentist Jorge Schwartz and UNO T-shirts donated by UNO Associate Director for Orientation and First-Year Success Christy Heaton.


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WWNO radio interview of Ariya Martin By Diane Mack