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Citizen Journalists from Living Classroom – Amanda Spencer

  Amanda Spencer is a student photographer studying at Inver Hills Community College working on an Associate of Fine Arts. She plans to transfer to the U of M–Twin Cities in the fall of 2012 to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts with emphasis on photography. Her current project is titled East Phillips and is […]

Citizen Journalist Amanda Spencer

 

Amanda Spencer is a student photographer studying at Inver Hills Community College working on an Associate of Fine Arts. She plans to transfer to the U of M–Twin Cities in the fall of 2012 to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts with emphasis on photography. Her current project is titled East Phillips and is a collection of photographs and interviews from the inner city neighborhood. You can check out the project at her website and sign up to receive updates about the upcoming book and exhibition at the Phillips Garden.

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All photos by Amanda Spencer.
 

 

What I got from Open Field was a community. A community that shares the passions I have. A community that makes me feel like there may be a place for me —where people appreciate me & what I do, as much as I appreciate them & what they do. A community that inspires me.


There were people from everywhere. Black, White, Red, & Yellow. People that felt comfortable to be in their skin & show it.
And that made me want to act as me even more.

The question — What sustains your community?
Well, it’s this. It is dance. It is story telling. It is what one person may be passionate about.

…& it is when that passion is spread to everyone.

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The Walker Art Center’s Education & Community Programs department asked a handful of talented writers and artistic interpreters from distinct perspectives to serve as Citizen Journalists and correspondents for the Living Classroom, with a focus on generating community-centric documentation of the event. We sought individuals from distinct perspectives — people interested and grounded in communities facing the issues at hand. Sonja Kuftinec, Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Minnesota, and an organizer for the Imagining America conference happening in Minneapolis September 22-24, provided recommendations, with final selection by Associate Director of Public & Interpretive Programs Susy Bielak and Open Field Coordinator Scott Artley.