The aim of the project is to collaborate with the people of Atchison by photographing those who participate as well as volunteer in services provided by the community such as the Kansas Special Olympics, Atchison Public Library, Project Atchison, Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, and COR+ at the Atchison YMCA. 61 portraits enlarged into posters are displayed as a large-scale mural in the city. This mural is a celebration of the ways that the Atchison community is coming together, growing, and telling their story.
This project focuses on the individuals of a society and how each person contributes to the identity of a community as a whole. By photographing the individuals who participate in all aspects of service organizations in the community, a larger story is written.
This public work of art is a platform for the community of Atchison to tell their story. Initially, this project was focused on a single narrative about Atchison and its inhabitants. However, during the process of working with the individuals photographed and the community partners, we had to reshift focus to tell a larger narrative of hope, pride, dignity, and empowerment. This narrative goes generations deep for many in the community.
What we hope to accomplish through this project is that by uncovering these stories, they will repair hope, pride, dignity, as well as empower and humanize the voices in the stories of the people of Atchison.
“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity. The consequence of the single story is that it robs people of dignity and equality.” -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Become a Group Leader by organizing an Inside Out Action in your community. Gather 50 or more participants that stand behind a message you are passionate about and paste your portraits in your community.