Since 2011, TWELVE has worked with community members to capture the diversity of people, scenery, architecture, and viewpoints through the art of photography while raising funds for organizations that prioritize social justice and the arts. The goals of TWELVE are to 1) enable participants to record and reflect their community’s strengths and concerns; 2) promote critical dialogue and knowledge about important community issues through the discussion of photographs, and 3) reach the public and policymakers as an impetus for social change. We ask participants to use their visual images to identify what is important in their life or community and then discuss these themes through written narratives or recorded reflections.
Past recipients of TWELVE funds include St. Vincent’s House and Clinic, the Galveston Arts Center, Galveston Seafarers Center, Gulf Pride for Youth, and local Galveston youth interested in the arts. TWELVE is a project created by Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD, and Will Wright, MFA candidate.