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GREETINGS COVIDIANS project uses visual engagement and critical reflection to explore how public spaces, personal responses, and social encounters have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

These dimensions were chosen initially through preliminary research conducted by Drs. Padilla and Varas-Díaz in a seminar they co-taught in Spring, 2020 (“Visual Methods for the Social Sciences”), in which students implemented a PhotoVoice project on the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. Drawing on procedures from our prior PhotoVoice projects (see Graham et al., 2013; Padilla et al., 2019; Vertovec, 2020; Witkowski et al., 2021) five graduate students from the course began working with the team to further develop a PhotoVoice project on COVID-19, with the goal of creating a new public-facing multilingual online platform permitting photographic submissions from FIU-based faculty, staff, and students, as well as the broader South Florida community. GREETINGS COVIDIANS is that online platform. 

References:

Graham LF, Matiz A, Lopez W, Gracey A, Snow RC, and Padilla M. 2013.  “Addressing economic devastation and built environment degradation to prevent violence: A photovoice project of Detroit Youth Passages.” Community Literacy Journal; 8(1): 41-52. 

Padilla, M, Matiz A, Colón-Burgos JF, Varas-Díaz N, and Vertovec J. 2019. “Adaptation of PhotoVoice Methodology to Promote Policy Dialog among Street-Based Drug Users in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.” Arts and Health 11(2):147–62.

Vertovec, J. 2020. “Collaborative problem-solving through PhotoVoice: Helping community organizations move from network building to action in Havana, Cuba.” Tracce Urbane 8, 159-179. https://doi.org/10.13133/2532-6562_4.8.17044.

Witkowski, K, Valerio R, Samad A, Matiz A, and Padilla M. 2021 “Aging and Thriving with HIV: A PhotoVoice Project with Long-Term HIV Survivors in Miami, Florida.” Arts & Health.