Join p:ear gallery for an exclusive glimpse into the life in Sierra Leone through the eyes of their young folk on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.
This exhibit is a partnership between WAYout, a group working with youth in Sierra Leone, and p:ear, working with the homeless youth of our local community. This show will feature an amazing collection of photography, giving you a snapshot of the commonalities of life viewed through the eyes of youth across the world. From witnessing the beauty and struggle of one of the world’s most impoverished nations to our familiar streets of Portland, you will enjoy this stunning collection of images. Images curated by Michael Shindler.
WAYout “Worldwide Arts for Youth” works in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, to changes the lives of the vulnerable young people through arts training and shelter. They engage and include youth by promoting artistic freedom, education and empowerment through photography, film and recording music.
Over a decade of conflict left 20 percent of children without a primary care giver. Over half the population is under 18 and 60 percent are unemployed. Poverty is widespread and inequalities pervasive, especially gender. WAYout works with young people suffering the effects of poverty and conflict in some of the most deprived areas.