After the huge success of our week long DDFR photo and story sharing stations at Brooklyn College, last night’s Grand Finale proved to be nothing short of amazing! It was a truly proud moment for BCCP to see this partnership bring together the Brooklyn College community. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in DDFR.
And as Steve Ausbury (BCCP Deputy Director) put it best:
“I learned so much during this process, but most of all it’s the notion of history as a process that we are currently living in and co-creating, (rather than history as something that happens or happened to “more important” people) that has cast the greatest impression. We’re all important people! Photography has the power to frame and crystalize our historical process, our lives as we live them. And if we don’t seize this power to capture, narrate, and archive, certainly others will do it for us, misrepresent us, or, worse, ignore us.”
For these reasons and so many more, we encourage you to engage with this post and to continue sharing your photos and stories.
Don’t forget to contribute your photos to DDFR.tv and follow us on twitter (@thebccp) !
We had a wonderful Wednesday of photosharing and storytelling with community participants, Brooklyn College and The World Academy for Total Community Health High School (WATCH) students at our BCAL and Subo Hall event. Although our week long Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) event came to a close yesterday, we hope you had a chance to share your story at Boylan Hall Room 3160 or to the Library Archives (Special Collections — located on the first floor).
Were you unable to participate this week? Come to the “Grand Finale” – a mulit-media show reflecting the stories of Brooklyn College students, faculty, administration, alumni, retirees, BCCP participants and others. It will take place next Thursday, October 25 at SUBO (Brooklyn College Student Union Building on Campus Road and East 27th Street) at 5 PM. BRING A PHOTO WITH YOU!
The BCCP would also like to thank all the participants, supporters and staff who came out and contributed to making DDFR at Brooklyn College a fantastic event. Be sure to also check the ddfr.tv website next week for edited stories and photos shared throughout the week. For more information, you can also catch the project featured on NY1.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (October 8, 2012)—The Brooklyn College Community Partnership (BCCP) will host the Flatbush Brooklyn edition of the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) Roadshow this October on the Brooklyn College Campus. The DDFR Roadshow—the brainchild of filmmaker, journalist and educator Thomas Allen Harris—will bring together students, staff, alumni, faculty and the local community to share stories contained in their family photographs during a week-long, multimedia community photo-sharing event funded by the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund.
“So much of our family histories are hidden away in attics and basements or buried on hard drives and cell phones. Yet those family photos are a treasure trove of stories about where we come from and how we are connected across our various differences, which is especially important at a time when we as Americans are grappling with who we are as a country,” said Harris, CEO of Chimpanzee Productions and award-winning filmmaker whose own family archives serve as the basis for many of his films. “We are happy to be working with BCCP to bring this experience to Brooklyn College in our first campus-wide DDFR Roadshow and hope it will be a model for community engagement partnerships across the country.”
From October 16-18, the BCCP invites the Brooklyn College community, local Flatbush residents and general public to participate in a series of entertaining and informative community photo-sharing sessions, a veritable “show and tell” revealing the diverse individual and family stories from the extended Brooklyn College community and surrounding neighborhoods. Dozens of campus groups will take part in the innovative DDFR Interactive Rodashow including: the Student Leadership Council, Black Male Initiative, LGBT Student Group and Advisory Board, Brooklyn College Alumni Association, Retirees, BCCP High School Program and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Read more…
Thomas Allen Harris at Brooklyn College Woody Tanger Auditorium
BCCP launched the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion with a wonderful, well attended artist’s talk by award winning film maker Thomas Allen Harris. Everyone who came was inspired and motivated to participate in the next phase of things – photo-sharing and storytelling which will take place October 16,17 and 18 from 10-6 at a variety of locations on the BC campus. We are aiming for as diverse a group as possible since Brooklyn College has a rich history as well as a current reality as a uniquely diverse campus.
Captive audience listening to Mr. Harris's presentation
Everyone agrees that this simple idea (bring in old – or new – family photos and tell your family’s story) helps build community, helps us all understand that history is about us and helps break down artificial barriers that separate rather than bring us all together.
We invite you to participate in this process as well as attend the “grand finale” multi-media presentation of Brooklyn College’s collective/individual community history on October 25th at 5 PM in SUBO.