Cause Beautiful: Empowering Youth to Cause Change
What is the W.H.Y. Project, “I think the best way to sum it up is to let the students sum it up for us!” said Luanne Dietz.
Hipstamatic, a mobile photography app, launched its philanthropic foundation, Cause Beautiful, earlier this week.
Cause Beautiful, under the direction of Emmy-award winning photojournalist Luanne Dietz, is a mobile photography project focused on empowering inner-city youth, along with providing grants to fund photographers and their work. “The foundation’s goal is simple,” said Dietz. “We believe that photography has the ability to change the world.”
Cause Beautiful’ s first project is a student arts initiative called the W.H.Y. Project, which stands for ‘We Hear You’. Prompted with the question, “If you could tell the world anything, what would you say?” students from Life Learning Academy in San Francisco and KDOL’s Media Enterprise Alliance in Oakland, will spend the semester using mobile photography to capture issues that are important to them and their communities. Dietz started the W.H.Y. Project three years ago after teaching photojournalism in an inner city middle school and seeing what the students are capable of when someone believes in them. “There is an emerging generation that is looking for a way to express themselves and get out of the vicious cycle of unattainable dreams as seen in low-income neighborhoods,” Dietz said. “Their eyes have become their voice, and their voice needs to be heard.”
Along with the W.H.Y. Project, Cause Beautiful will be sponsoring grants and scholarships for professional photographers to continue to Make Beautiful and hold society accountable through their stories. “From mobile photography to long-term personal projects, professionals need funds to tell the stories they care about, and we want to empower that,” Dietz said.
For more information visit http://www.causebeautiful.org