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EMORY Report: Photo Project Seeks 'Typical American Families'

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EMORY Report: Photo Project Seeks 'Typical American Families'

A community photography project created by Carlton Mackey, director of Emory's Ethics and the Arts Program, to celebrate the spectrum of differences within modern American families has been awarded a 2014-2015 "Ideas Challenge Grant" by One Region Atlanta.

"Typical American Families" is an online platform exploring a wider view of American families through photographic images.

This month, Mackey's project was among four applicants selected to receive an Ideas Challenge grant award from One Region Atlanta, an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

In their application, Mackey and his creative partner, international photographer/photoculturalist Ross Oscar Knight, proposed utilizing their "Typical American Family" platform to help bridge faith and culture in Atlanta by creating a traveling photo exhibit.

The $2,500 grant will be used to offer free family portrait sessions with Knight to about 15 Atlanta families. Copies of those photographs will be given to each family and will also be displayed through a traveling exhibit, which will be unveiled in spring 2015 in a ceremony and public gathering at Emory's Center for Ethics.

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The Center for Ethics is Looking for Typical Atlanta Families

December 1, 2014

Emory University Center for Ethics

For Immediate Release
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Co-Directors of Beautiful in Every Shade, Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight, are the winners of One Region Atlanta’s Ideas Challenge grant for 2014-2015.

Out of nearly 200 Ideas Challenge submissions, the two were awarded for their idea to utilize the platform www.typicalamericanfamilies.com to bridge faith and culture in the city of Atlanta.

This created a joint partnership between Beautiful in Every Shade, the campaign under which Typical American Families is housed and Emory University’s Ethics & the Arts program.

Up to 15 Atlanta families will be chosen for a free family portrait session with celebrated photographer Ross Oscar Knight.  Families will receive a free copy of their photo and images will be displayed in a Traveling Photo Exhibit.  Participating families will be brought together at an unveiling ceremony and exhibit at the Center for Ethics where they will share a multi-cultural meal and engage in community dialogue.

If you would like the opportunity to have your “typical” American family photographed and your story featured, please share your story and apply at http://typicalamericanfamilies.com/ . Deadline for submissions is December 12, 2014.

To view Ethics and the Arts current programming, please visit  http://ethics.emory.edu

For more information about One Region Atlanta, please visit: http://www.oneregionatlanta.org/about-the-ideas-challenge

To learn more about Beautiful in Every Shade, please visit: http://www.beautifulineveryshade.com

1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta Georgia 30322    |     404.712.8307     |     www.ethics.emory.edu

Tanya Anderson Woodward

Marketing and Communications Manager

Emory University Center for Ethics

1531 Dickey Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30322

404.727.1179

www.ethics.emory.edu

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