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Sabato Rodia's Towers in WattsArt, Migrations, Development$
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Luisa Del Giudice

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.001.0001

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Building Community Through Self-Awareness and Self-Expression

Building Community Through Self-Awareness and Self-Expression

(p.327) Building Community Through Self-Awareness and Self-Expression
Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts

Gail Brown

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents the author's account of creating the From Where I'm Standing photo-documentary workshop in 1995. Since 2005, she has been providing in-depth photography and writing workshops at the Watts Towers Arts Center to people in the community aged ten through sixty-nine. The objective of the workshop is the creation of an in-depth photo-documentary by and about the Watts community, and in the process build community. People of all ages participate in discussions about their photographs and writing, and experience the dynamic and vital relationship between the individual (artist) and the community (society) at large. The chapter concludes by identifying the resonances between the workshop, the Arts Center, and Simon Rodia's Watts Towers.

Keywords:   photo-documentary workshops, Los Angeles, documentaries, Simon Rodia, Watts Towers, Watts Towers Arts Center

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