The Stand's Summer Photo Project to Debut

Reception for From Where We Stand is Tonight

This summer, The Stand offered a new storytelling series — From Where We Stand — in which South Side and West Side residents shared their families’ summer stories through photos. The idea was simple: put real people behind the camera and let them tell their own stories.

Participants were provided with professional Nikon cameras thanks to a grant from The Gifford Foundation. Each participant was also paired with a professional mentor. The goal was to capture special moments.

All are welcome to view all the participants’ visual stories on the project’s website at — and to view an exhibit of the participants’ photos to be on display September through mid-October at the Link Gallery at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse downtown. In addition, a reception to meet all the participants will be held at 6 p.m. tonight, in the Link Gallery.

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Participants from the South Side are: Ardena Harvey, an aspiring entrepreneur and single mother; Ceikaiyia Cheeks, a Corcoran High School student who plans to be a film director; Martha Chavis-Bonner, Syracuse Housing resident and grandmother of 16; Tamara Reese, South Side resident; Brenda Muhammad, an active community volunteer; South Sider and author Dale Harp. West Side residents are Karaline and Isaac Rothwell and Eurain Scott, an Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central alum.

Many thanks to The Gifford Foundation, Near Westside Initiative, Newhouse School, WCNY, The Allyn Foundation, the South Side Innovation Center and Stephen Mahan with the Link Gallery for making the storytelling series possible.

The project was even featured on WCNY’s public affairs show “Insight” and covered by Syracuse Media Group on



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