Speakers Adam Levner, Critical Exposure Heather Rieman, Critical Exposure Josh Schachter, Finding Voice and Photography on Fire Shawn Davis, Visual Griots AED Inaugurates Idea:Exchange The Way We See It: Young Photographers Examine, Define, and Change Their World June 18 to September 3, 2010 Education is a core competency of AED’s mission. The Way We See It: Young Photographers Examine, Define, and Change Their World is an exhibit about a participatory educational process that fosters individual and community awareness, empowerment, and social change. The exhibit integrates four different intergenerational collaborations—Visual Griots, Critical Exposure, Finding Voice, and Photography on Fire—that weave together activist inquiry and the arts. The participatory photography exhibited highlights the intellectual, aesthetic, and political potential of youth-adult partnerships, in which youth take the lead in framing the inquiry and determining how to represent their concerns most effectively to diverse audiences. The young people involved explored the art of photography as a medium not only for self-expression but also as a social mirror for reflecting on and interrogating the contradictions they experience in their everyday lives and communities. The Way We See It demonstrates how collective engagement through education, research, and art provoke a reconciling of the past, an interrogation of the present, and a “collective radical imagination” of a new and different future. AED gratefully acknowledges the valuable contributions of our partners who made this exhibit possible: Critical Exposure; Josh Schachter; Visual Griots/Shawn Davis, AED; and The Public Science Project at the City University of New York. For more information, please contact Rebecca Logan.