EXPRESSions of the heART Multi-Generational Views on Healthy Relationships
Written and Photographed by Teens in the Austin/Travis County Work-Based Learning/Summer Youth Employment Program at SafePlace
by Edited by Nine FranÃ§ois
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About the Book
It memorializes the personal discovery and camaraderie these teens experienced during the five week program as they explored and learned about the nature of healthy relationships.
Through their photographs, the book also chronicles the many aspects of the program -- the educational exercises, role-playing, interviewing, photography lessons, collaborative art-making and final poetry performance -- which constituted their "work" for five weeks.
Expressions of the Heart is just that – a collection of intimate thoughts, feelings, art and shared insights that come from the heart of its many contributors. It’s an in-road into the perceptions of its ten teenage authors, an inquiry on what constitutes a nurturing relationship, an exploration of collaborative art-making.
All these elements come together beautifully within these pages to create a unique combination of journal, scrapbook, poetry collection and fine art book. It's a wonderful book to share with others and start a conversation about.
Ms. François' passion lies in de-coding and effectively using the language of photography to connect people. To this end, she is frequently working on projects that in some configuration involve taking pictures, telling stories and building community. She has edited another collection of children's writing and photography called, "After Ike: 20 Stories from 20 Galveston Kids" (also through Blurb). Her next project is to work with teens on a book about building healthy relationships. Ms. François holds an MFA in photography from The University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been internationally published and exhibited since 1989, and is included in numerous collections. She has taught photography at various institutions in central Texas including the Art School of the Austin Museum of Art, The University of Texas, and Texas State University. She currently lives in Austin and teaches at Austin Community College. She frequently teaches workshops on creativity and visual literacy.