Visual Poetry Youth Photography Project

Armed with our cameras and big smiles on our faces, we walk around and explore the city— not only to capture beautiful landscapes and memories, but also to involve the youth participants in conversations about place, identity, migration, and belonging, while discovering visual poetry in our surroundings.

Using photography as a tool for self-expression, we welcome refugee and newcomer youth between the ages of 15-19 to join us in five weekly workshops packed with learning and experimentation where community-building and solidarity are constant elements that support the group dynamic and the collective learning of photography concepts. Participants then embark on short, creative writing exercises to compliment the narrative structure of their visual poetry photographs and have the opportunity to showcase their work.

This project was funded by the City of Toronto through the Identify ‘N Impact Grant Program.  

This project and its conception belongs to Paola Gomez and Alex Usquiano/MUSE Arts.