Where Are You Going? is a photo-voice project coordinated by the William Neil Rollins Art Studio at Oasis Center and the Oasis Center’s MTA Youth Action Team, which is a youth advisory council formed through a partnership between Oasis Center and Nashville MTA.
This project was led by 10 teens from varying neighborhoods and schools across Davidson County documenting their experience riding the bus, what it meant to them to be independent when it came to transportation, and how the life skills they gained as a result of being independent set them up for success later in life.
The youth used “Meg” plastic cameras, donated by Jack White’s Third Man Records, and medium format black-and-white film to capture images as they rode multiple bus routes throughout Nashville. They are also learned how to compose images, conduct constructive discussions about the photographs, and produced a set of narratives to accompany the images.
Additionally, this team of young people is collected cyanotypes (or sun prints) from their peers at various festivals and events, including Celebrate Nashville, Peace Jam, and Earth Day, that depict where they want to go in life. After the cyanotypes were processed at our booth, the youth placed them on our bus mural, which was constructed of four wood panels cut and painted in the shape and design of a Nashville MTA bus. The team also recorded video of these young people sharing their visions, dreams and goals.
Come check out the photos at a special exhibit at Fort Houston this Saturday, April 5th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission is FREE.
Fort Houston | 500 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203