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NicaPhoto began in 2005 as a series of photography workshops for disadvantaged youth in Nagarote, Nicaragua. The idea was to give young people access to the creative tools needed to express their stories and discover their artistic vision.  Looking through the lens, or on the screen, gave them the opportunity to see their world in a different way. The workshops were a huge success, and since that time NicaPhoto has grown to be a comprehensive, holistic youth development project with photography and other arts as a core part of our programming. The photography classes are designed to build self-confidence, creative expression, critical thinking and artistic sensibility.

Throughout the years NicaPhoto has presented the work of it’s youth at various gallery shows in the US. Following is a link to the work exhibited in Hope:Forgotten but not Lost, a show at The Haviland Street Gallery in South Norwalk, CT and a show at the Westport Art Center in Westport, CT.

Since January of 2011, NicaPhoto and students at The Carver Center of Norwalk, CT have been participating in a cultural exchange of photographs and writing. In August of 2011 a group of 8 Carver representatives visited Nicaragua to meet and work alongside their Nicaraguan counterparts. A book based on the exchange was published in 2014. 

NicaPhoto has partnered with, Christopher James, University Professor and Director of the MFA Program at Lesley University, in order to realize a long time dream of having professional, high quality teaching artists expose our children to the world of photography and art. In 2016 Alicia Turbitt, an MFA student at Lesley University and Cotton Miller, a graduate of Lesley both participated in our first Artist Brigade spending the week in Nicaragua running photography workshops for our children of NicaPhoto.