The Tillikum Lens project is designed to educate participants about photography of course but it is also designed to educate about images and the power of an image to tell a story, to send a message and to communicate with others. It is also part of our mission statement to educate our participants about options they have in the choices they make, in what they chose to learn about and focus on and to make sure that whatever their chosen focus is – we will help to support that choice.
Empowerment of individuals is important – perhaps the most important thing any of us can do. One of the 20th century’s great thinkers – Margaret Mead stated that:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
We hope that through our programs the participants and students and the instructors will all become more empowered and ready to make their statement in the world. We all have something to say and a story to tell, we all have wisdom to share but only through empowerment and the belief of others can we share that wisdom.
The Tillikum Lens project believes that by sharing images, stories, perspectives and respect that our participants will influence and teach each other and the wider world.
Our participant’s work and images will be showcased in shows and presentations at galleries, cultural centres with each other and other workshop participants and with the world through both physical shows and digital storage and access.
We believe that the more stories and perspectives we share the better the learning process, the more empowered the participants become and the more the entire project benefits the community. We hope this year’s participants will become next years mentors and we encourage all participants from students to teachers to organizers to share their thoughts, stories experiences, images and dreams.