Exhibitions 2012

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“What I want to say is…"
Presented by Take 5 Foundation
May 22 – 26, 2012
Reception: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Brenda Bancel & students from Epiphany School.

This exhibition features the work of five middle school children from Epiphany School in Dorchester who participated in Take 5’s inaugural program in photography. Take 5 Foundation is an organization that provides quality time, attention, and instruction to five kids per project, utilizing the expertise and talent of individuals in the community. The individuals who give of their time and talents with these five kids for one full year specialize in a variety of fields, such as photography in this case. The foundation seeks to promote the idea that everyone does something really well, something he/she can give back to society no matter how simple. Children often just need extended time and care to realize their creative potential.

“I chose to work with the Epiphany School because I have been very moved by their work with kids in the Boston area. Their efforts are tireless. Their board and their teachers are unrivaled. They have work to do and they do it. These kids come from difficult circumstances and almost all have recently witnessed violence. I’m so proud of the Take 5 kids. They opened themselves up to me through their lenses. They became more self-aware through journal writing and photography exercises on self-expression. And in the process it was these kids who taught me a lot.”
- Brenda Bancel

Brenda Bancel is the president of Take 5 Foundation and owner of Brenda Bancel Photography. She spent ten years in the advertising industry working with clients such as Apple and IBM in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and London before realizing that she wanted to focus on nonprofit work. She is a recent graduate of the New England School of Photography, where she graduated with honors in Documentary. She hopes to use photography to bring awareness to important social issues.

View a virtual tour of the exhibition & photos from the reception on Flickr >>

The PRC’s 2012 exhibition program is supported by a generous grant from the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation.