The Mirror Project


What was The Mirror Project? The Mirror Project taught inner-city teenagers in Greater Boston, Massachusetts, to create videos about their everyday experiences. Through their participation in the project, young people from historically marginalized ethnic, racial and social groups become more aware of themselves and their community. Since Roberto Arévalo, Project Director, founded the project in 1992, at the Somerville Community Access Television, young people have created more than 100 videos.

Young people ages nine to twenty-one participate in the Mirror Project. The young people are trained to use the video equipment and then go out and tape a subject of their choice. Each individual1s video is then edited by both the teen and Roberto.

Due to our small budget and high level of production, we are also always looking for additional resources, whether financial, in-kind donations, or volunteers. Please contact The Mirror Project if you or your organization are interested. The videos have emerged as spontaneous reflections, "mirrors", of how the teenagers perceive their world. They reflect the diversity of the participants and the range of their imaginations. Cumulatively, the videos show the housing projects and other Somerville communities as vivid and lively, while also exposing the harsh realities of an impoverished environment.

Moments of the young participants in their neighborhoods, with their cameras, friends and families are captured by Roberto on black and white film. This dynamic series of photographs, "Reflections", is exhibited along with the videos at each public screening. Later, the videos are cablecast and sent to festivals.

The Mirror Project is available to present workshops or create installations or exhibits at museums, universities, foundations or other arts organizations.

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