“Escondido en Escondido” by Jon Lowenstein has been selected for the Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Foundations. The Audience Engagement Grant supports projects that move people beyond the act of looking and provide ways for audiences to take a more direct role in making change happen.
Lowenstein will provide local faith leaders and religious youth groups in Escondido, California, with tools to mediate escalating tensions between new migrant and native-born communities. Through conflict analysis, transformation training, and photography, religious leaders and local youth will be trained to document and address immigration issues and promote community integration. The resulting images will be combined with Lowenstein’s “Shadow Lives USA” and distributed in Escondido as a newsprint handout.