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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Upcoming exhibit showcases impressions of Cherokee Street, Benton Park West

Recall my earlier post about children from the College School in Webster Groves observing and reflecting upon the Cherokee Station business district and surrounding neighborhood.

It seems that Cherokee Street is a hit with students whose instructors want them to witness a 21st Century diverse neighborhood.

The Photography Project, sponsored by the Public Policy Research Center at UMSL, equipped children ages 8 to 18 with digital cameras and set them about exploring the Benton Park West neighborhood.

The project is about capturing, with photography, the diversity of human experience through the eyes of a child. It's also about bringing strangers together and, thereby, inspiring a level of comfort and safety perhaps missing from the neighborhood at present.

UMSL is hosting an exhibit of the children's work. More information is below. Click here to read the South Side Journal article.

What: "Point-Of-View: Cherokee Street and Benton Park West Neighborhood" photography exhibition

When and Where: Sept. 16 to Oct. 26 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 362 Social Sciences & Business Building. Hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oct. 25 to Jan. 10 at the Cherokee Business Incubator, 2715 Cherokee St.; hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Admission: Free

For more information, call:

(314) 516-5273.

And if you can't wait to see some of the photography, it's already up on Cherokee Street Photos website. Here is an example from a child named Andre. Enjoy!


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