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The AjA Project Presents Inter+Sections: a Public Art Exhibit of Photos

The AjA Project, an international nonprofit organization, presents Inter+Sections, a public art exhibit of photography taken by refugee youth living in San Diego's incredibly diverse City Heights neighborhood. The students' photos tell their stories of war, migration and resettlement, and are displayed in shop and business windows and as banners on lampposts, buildings, and fences, creating an art exhibit that is part of the community that created it.

This summer 100 photos, 80 banners, 6 photo murals, and one 70-foot banner will cover University Avenue from 40th to 54th Streets in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood. These photos were taken by refugee youth living in City Heights and originally from East Africa and Southeast Asia. This exhibit, entitled Inter+Sections, is presented by The AjA Project and kicked off on June 4th, 2005, in conjunction with the 13th Annual City Heights International Village Celebration. The exhibit will remain up until the end of August 2005.

Inter+Sections will:
- bring locally produced public art and cross cultural dialogue to City Heights, a highly diverse community that is in the midst of a development renaissance
- provide refugee youth with a unique opportunity to see their work woven into the fabric of their neighborhood
- promote photography as a potent means of communication

Photographs will be displayed as large-scale posters and banners in storefronts, on exterior walls and fences, as street light banners and at other locations along a 1.7-mile stretch of University Ave. The artwork will also incorporate the students' written narratives in English and translated into Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese. This will make the display accessible to as many members of the San Diego community as possible. Art is a powerful tool for engaging refugee youth as strong voices and active participants in the San Diego community.

Month-long exhibitions are also being held at the Warp 9 and 4Design galleries on Ray St. and at Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge, all in San Diego's North Park neighborhood.

Photography by students in all of AjA's programs (San Diego, Thailand, Colombia, and Indonesia) will be exhibited at a 5-gallery show on Ray St. on June 25. A fundraising dinner will also be held on Ray St. that night.

For more information and to view AjA students' photography, please visit: www.ajaproject.org
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