“25 Stories of the Central Valley” is a compelling, interactive online exhibit – “a window into the little-known lives of people who are making the Central Valley safer for everyone.” Through photos, oral interviews, and theater, UC Santa Cruz graduate student Tracy Perkins has created a public arts project that showcases the shocking, sad and inspiring stories of women leaders in the Central Valley’s environmental justice movement. The motivation behind the project? “Doing research that was of intellectual interest and also had practical relevance to the groups I was studying,” says Tracy.
Below are five photos from the exhibit, along with Tracy’s reflections. Among the leaders and organizations featured are Women’s Foundation of California grant partners such as Teresa de Anda and Irma Medellin. You can view the entire exhibit, including all 25 photo stories and full captions, on the exhibit website.