Picture My Life: A Refugee Story

Picture My Life: A Refugee Story

A UNA-USA Tampa Bay Chapter, Refugee & Migrant Women’s Initiative, & Photography By Avery Collaborative Project

Overview

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries. Tampa Bay is home to over 4,000 refugees from 57 countries from around the world; 51% are children.

Picture My Life

During the summer of 2017 the United Nations of Tampa Bay, the Refugee & Migrant Women’s Initiative (RAMWI) and Photography by Avery will stage the “Refugee Photographic Initiative”. This will offer insight into the lives and experiences of ten (10) refugee children living in Tampa Bay, while enriching their lives through a photographic mentoring program.

These children will receive high quality cameras to keep as their own and use to be taught the basics of the photographic arts. The children will use the medium of photography to encapsulate their experiences. These photos will then be displayed in an exhibition, date TBC.

How will this Initiative Help?

These children have witnessed and experienced atrocities that we cannot even fathom. Many were forced to watch the execution of their loved ones, some children were physically maimed and all were emotionally damaged. The children tell of how they are unable to close their eyes at night in fear of re-living the horrors of their past.

This program will give the kids involved a creative outlet to express and communicate their emotions in a unique medium.

Beside being a fun and creative, this project gives the refugee children involved a voice and a unique outlet to share their own stories; the kids will have control over how much or how little they want to share about the different emotions depicted in the photographs.

This exercise is also a way of using art as a therapeutic technique for children who might not have had an opportunity to take a moment and grasp all that is happening since becoming refugees. These youths are being offered the opportunity to express themselves freely, without judgment, knowing that their art and what it communicates will not be criticized or evaluated.

Finally, this program provides a platform to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and encourages the children to realize their own potential and to learn to dream big again!

What does the Initiative Entail?

Students will be given a brief history of photography to understand where it began and how it has developed over the past 200 years. We will view images and discuss their ability to communicate an idea or a feeling so that students can understand the power of photography as a tool for communication as well as an art form. Students will learn the basics of how their camera works and how that relates to Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed (which will be discussed more in depth later in the course.) Once we have laid the foundation we will move on to understanding composition, exposure, basic photo editing, how to find inspiration, and how to approach different types of photography. Over the course of the summer students will practice their photography both in class and between classes. They will have weekly photo assignments designed to help them better understand certain techniques and styles of photography. In addition we will take the kids on excursions around Tampa Bay.

How Can You Help?

The kids need your help to make this dream a reality. Below are the levels of sponsorship that will ensure these children are able to participate in this wonderful mentoring program.  We are a volunteer organization so 100% of your donation will go toward changing the lives of these incredible young people and is tax deductible.

Click here to download our sponsorship packet.

Press Release: New-Concept, Gender Equality Art Event Featuring World Renowned Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact:
Robert Kruithoff, Fundraising & Events Director, United Nations Association of Tampa Bay
Phone – 727-410-9597
Email – fundraising@unatampabay.org
Web – www.unatampabay.org

ST PETERSBURG, Fla., – The United Nations Association of Tampa Bay (UNATB) is proud to present UNIFIED, a new-concept event to be held from 6-9p.m. on July 27, 2017 at the Morean Center for Clay. UNIFIED is Florida’s premier live-art event promoting Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment.

This breakthrough event is an interactive, live-art extravaganza featuring locally and internationally recognized artists and performers based in Tampa Bay. Artists include Ya La’Ford, Marlene Rose, Carrie Jadus, Cecilia Lueza, Tessa Moeller, Tina Pirraci, Helen French, Maureen McDole just to name a few. The innovative art created at this exciting event will range from 7’ 3-D printed sculptures to 14’ portable Murals and will be auctioned live at the end of the evening.

UNIFIED will present an insightful panel discussion of influential leaders of Tampa Bay to learn, interact and discuss how we can collectively drive tangible change. The panelists include Lorna Taylor (CEO, Premier Eye Care), Nadine Smith (CEO, Equality Florida), Beth Houghton (Executive Director, St Petersburg Free Clinic) and more!

Join the UNATB for a night of great food, drinks, art and performances as we UNITE to promote Gender Equality in Tampa Bay and beyond.

For tickets and further information about UNIFIED please visit unified-tampabay.eventbrite.com

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[UNIFIED] – Gender Equality Live Art Event – July 27

The United Nations Association of Tampa Bay is proud to present UNIFIED – Florida’s premier live-art event focused on Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment! This breakthrough event is an interactive, live-art extravaganza featuring locally and internationally recognized artists & performers.

UNIFIED will present an insightful panel discussion of influential leaders of Tampa Bay to learn, interact and discuss how we can collectively drive tangible change.

Join the UNATB for a night of great food, drinks, art and performances as we UNITE to promote Gender Equality in Tampa Bay and beyond.

Part of the proceeds of the eveing will go toward Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA).

Cocktail Hour at 6:00p Program begins at 6:30p. Open bar and hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening.

Thursday, July 27
6:00-9:00 PM
Morean Center for Clay | 420 22nd St. S., Saint Petersburg, FL
Buy Tickets Here

Featuring Art & Live Performance by:
Ya La’ford (Installation)
Marlene Rose (Sand Cast Glass)
Cecilia Lueza (Sculpture)
Carrie Jadus (Mural)
Tessa Moeller (Paint on wood)
Tina Piracci (3D printed sculpture)
Helen French (Dance)
Maureen McDole (Poetry)

Panel Discussion: Gender Equality & Leadership with:
Lorna Taylor, CEO of Premier Eyewear, Chair of TBBCA
Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida
Beth Houghton, Executive Director of St. Petersburg Free Clinic
Plus Special Guests

Sponsored by:
Premier Eye Care
Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay and Gold & Diamond Source
Smith & Associates Real Estate
HSN Cares
Big Sea
That’s So Tampa
I Love the Burg
Radiance MedSpa
DeBartolo Family Foundation
Raymond James
Women in Leadership & Philanthropy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Annual Human Rights Conference: Saturday April 22

April 18, 2017 | Tampa, FL

Join us Saturday, April 22 for our annual human rights conference at the University of Tampa. This year’s theme is “Migration, Immigration, and Refugee Rights.” The conference will be held at the University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center, 9th floor, from 9AM-5PM.

Click here to download our conference program.

The conference will begin with a film screening of Drawing the Tiger, which follows a rural Nepalese family as they try to escape the cyclical debt and grinding poverty of subsistence farming by sending their daughter to school and their son abroad. The result is an intimate and epic portrait that offers startling insight into the promises and perils of development through education and migrant labor in the global economy. Co-Directors Amy Benson and Scott Squire will present Drawing the Tiger and deliver a keynote address chronicling their behind-the-scenes journey from idealism to disillusionment over the simplified promises of Western-style philanthropic interventions.

Give Day Tampa Bay – May 2, 2017

March 25, 2017 | Tampa, FL

Our chapter is excited to announce that we’re participating in Give Day Tampa Bay this year! Give Day Tampa Bay is an annual online fundraising initiative for local Tampa Bay area non-profit and community organizations.

 

View our Give Day Tampa Bay Profile

When is Give Day Tampa Bay?

May 2, 2017

Can I Donate Early?

Yes, you can donate early through the Give Day Tampa Bay platform using our profile.

What is Give Day Tampa Bay?

Give Day Tampa Bay is an annual fundraising effort that encourages fundraising through a 24-hour initiative for local Tampa Bay area non-profit organizations. This is the second year that UNA-USA Tampa Bay is participating!

Are Donations Tax-Deductible?

Yes. UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. If you need documentation for tax purposes, please contact us.

What If I Still Have Questions?

More information on Give Day Tampa Bay is available here.

This post will be updated with additional information on our 2017 Give Day Tampa Bay
efforts as it becomes available

Community Supports UNA-USA Tampa Bay at MedSpa Fundraiser!

March 11, 2017 | Belleair Bluffs, FL

On March 11, 2017, UNA-USA Tampa Bay hosted a brunchon at the Belleair Bluff Radiance MedSpa. Attendees enjoyed brunch and a variety of MedSpa’s services. Many who attended received prizes worth a total of just under $3,000! Every person walked away with gift cards and services of approximately $150! We want to thank Radiance MedSpa Belleair Bluff for their extreme generosity and professionalism and we look forward to creating wonderful events together in the future.

All proceeds support UNA-Tampa Bay’s local education and advocacy programs here in the Tampa Bay community. UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. UNA-Tampa Bay is led by an entirely non-compensated, all volunteer Board of Directors.

Stay connected with UNA-Tampa Bay by signing up for our newsletter and following us on social media.
Check out our upcoming local events on our calendar.



Annual Model United Nations Conference – March 24

March 4, 2017 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay is excited to announce our annual Model United Nations conference will be hosted March 24, 2017 at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center. The conference is an all day event beginning at 10:00 AM and closing at 5:30 with an awards presentation, that brings together more than 200 students from local middle and high schools.

The Model United Nations conference is supported by UNA-Tampa Bay and led by the USF Model United Nations Team. Students are required to conduct their own research prior to the conference and promote their assigned country’s position. The conference allows students to develop valuable skills in research, debate, negotiations, and consensus building on critical and complex global issues.

UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We use donations to support local education programs such as the Model United Nations. Learn more on how to support UNA-Tampa Bay here.

Learn more about our Model United Nations and Model Arab League Conferences and check out photos from our 2016 MUN Conference and our 2016 MAL Conference.

Spring 2017 High School Topics

  • General Assembly: Increasing Women’s Role in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Enhancing the Rights of Women and Girls in Developing Countries

Spring 2017 Middle School Topics

  • Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Encouraging the Role of Women and Girls in Entrepreneurship (Economic Empowerment)
  • High-Level Political Forum (HLPF): Women’s Role in Sustainable Development

 

Support UNA-Tampa Bay By Joining Us For a Fundraiser at MedSpa – March 11

UNA-Tampa Bay is excited to announce that we are hosting a fundraiser at Radiance Medspa on March 11th from 11:30AM-1:00PM. This event will include food/drinks, a $100 credit towards Radiance Medspa’s services, a free brow card, and multiple drawings and opportunities to win prizes.

All proceeds support UNA-Tampa Bay’s local education programs here in the Tampa Bay community. UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. UNA-Tampa Bay is led by an entirely non-compensated, all volunteer Board of Directors.