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California Humanities Awards Grant to Home Garden Library

October 11, 2022


Corona, CA – California Humanities, as part of their Humanities For All Quick Grant awards, has awarded $5000 to Home Gardens Library, a branch of the Riverside County Library System. The grant is awarded to the “Home Gardens: Photographic Discovery” project, which aims to preserve and share the image of the Home Gardens neighborhood as seen by the diverse group of young people who live here.

The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.

The Photographic discovery project is designed for Home Garden’s teens to take inspiration from local multiple award-winning author Isabel Quintero’s graphic biography Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. By exploring their neighborhood through photography, teens will take part in community building, learn to better articulate their sense of self, and move towards finding their original voice. “Photography is a pretext to know the world, to know life. To know yourself”, said Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide.

In September, Home Gardens library hosted Photographic Discovery programs to increase the visibility of Home Gardens teens’ perspectives within the local context of Riverside County. Teens got to hear from the author Isabel Quintero’s and were led through a professional photography workshop led by UCR ARTS. The Inlandia Institute will be publishing work of participating teen artist into a chapbook.

“These projects will bring the complexity and diversity of California to light in new ways that will engage Californians from every part of our state, and, will help us all understand each other better,” said Julie Fry, President & CEO of California Humanities. “We congratulate the grantees whose projects will promote understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues, and experiences.”

Throughout October, the Photographic Discovery exhibit will be on display for residents to view at Home Gardens Library