Youth documentary photography exhibits spark community dialogues on health

An exhibition of narrative documentary photography, Reflections: Health and My Community

The teens featured in the exhibit live in or around multi-unit housing sites participating in the City's Healthy Housing, Healthy Communities initiative to make housing properties more conducive to healthy living. Coordinated by the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support (MDHFS), the initiative involves helping residents gain better access to nutritious foods, increasing access and opportunities for physical activity, as well as reducing exposure to secondhand smoke through building-wide, smoke-free policies.

"Reflections: Health and My Community"
City Hall Rotunda Gallery
November 18 - December 31


November 18 – Opening Night Celebration

4 – 6 p.m.; 4 - 4:30 p.m.: youth presentation and award ceremony followed by exhibit and refreshments
Free and open to the public
For more information, call (612) 673-2729;

The photos will also be displayed at community events where the youth live, providing a touchstone for engaging residents in changing their communities to make living healthier easier. Also on November 18, the first of the four community events will kick off at the Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S., from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Reaching 8500 people, MDHFS Healthy Housing, Healthy Communities is working with the following Minneapolis property management services and housing sites: Center for Asian Pacific Islanders (CAPI) - Glendale Townhomes & Riverside Apartments; CommonBond Communities - Seward Towers East & West, New Village Co-Op; Little Earth Residents Association - Little Earth of United Tribes Housing Corporation; Pillsbury United Communities - Camden Apartments, Heritage Park, Legacy Village; and WellShare International - Riverside Plaza.

This project is coordinated by the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support as part of their efforts for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), which is working to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic illnesses. The project is funded through the Minnesota Department of Health from a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nov. 17, 2010

Published Nov 17, 2010