A nonprofit organization called “Hire Her” is giving a group of five girls the opportunity to take their photography skills to the next level.
“The photography industry is dominated by males,” Valerie Esquivel, the program’s manager, says. “And so, for us, it’s really important that we create a space for girls, particularly girls of color.”
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“I’m trying to let people know who we are,” Tiller said as she flipped through her illustrations. “We’re humans; we’re like anybody else.”
But all this takes money. Art Enables (and programs like it across the country) aren’t free to run. While artists do draw revenue from their work, there is a fee to participate in the program.
Healthcare is more then doctors & medicine.
What is the “cost”, financial & otherwise, if we don’t find a way to keep programs like this?
I struggle wanting the government to fund them but knowing they always under-fund, and wanting the government to say “no more” so regular people will know these programs will die if they don’t support them.
If supported by their community & fundraisers, would they raise more money? Or would we ignore them and instead favor our baubles we purchase over supporting ideas like this? I don’t have the answers, I don’t even know if I’m asking the correct questions. I only know that I hate to see programs & ideas die that are actually helping people.
I’m always asking people to look for creative solutions and many are doing just that. Unfortunately, everything cost money and while we all claim to want what’s best for each other, are we willing to support ideas for that purpose?
I don’t like relying of government because I feel they often misappropriate any funds designated for these programs, are victims of fraud and stuff everything with pork. But I don’t know if we can rely on the public to do it on their own.
I wish I had answers. Anyway, this is a lovely program and a great idea. I hope it continues.
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