Program Bios

Elise Trelegan

Elise is a division III student at Hampshire College, who’s been working with the Care Center for the past three semesters. She is from Medway, Massachusetts where she began working with youth, particularly in the creation of an after school volleyball program for middle school students.  Much of her work at Hampshire is about communicating environmental conservation through interdisciplinary and collaborative arts, particularly photography.

Maiwenn Raoult
Maiwenn is a third year, division II student who has been working with The Care Center for the past three semesters but is currently studying abroad in France until summer 2012. She was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Venice, CA. Her primary focus at Hampshire College is social sciences relating to youth, education policies and urban communities while also using one of her passions, photography, to explore those subjects. Maiwenn has worked with various other photography groups such as Venice Arts in Venice, CA and The Kid Camera Project in New Orleans, LA. She is very passionate about her work with the young women at The Care Center and loves using photography as a tool for both teaching and learning!

Mim Shafer

A recent Hampshire College Graduate Miriam (“Mim”) Shafer has focused her artistic and activism work on collaborating with young women – primarily young mothers – in the field of photography. She began working with the Care Center in late 2009 and focused much of studies (and thesis) during her final two years at Hampshire designing and implementing curriculum, securing program funding, curating exhibits and teaching photography classes. Her thesis exhibit The Way We See: Young Mothers, Education and Photography was shown both in the Hampshire College Main Gallery and at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke MA. She is currently the Program Coordinator for GirlsEyeView Ware, an after-school photography program for young women, through the Youth Action Coalition. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Susanna Grannis (author of Hope Amidst Despair: HIV/AIDs-Affected Children in Sub-Saharan Africa) and hopes to return to East Africa in the coming year to continue with public health and photography programming in Rwanda and Burundi. A local birth doula, Miriam continues to be involved in organizing work surrounding women’s reproductive freedoms.
The link below is to an article on the Hampshire College Website about Miriam’s work with the Care Center.
http://www.hampshire.edu/news/photography-as-empowerment-project.htm

Jeremy Felson 

Jeremy was born and raised in London, England.  He concentrated in Still Photography at Hampshire College, and worked with the Care Center for three years. Currently, he lives in San Diego as a photographer for the San Diego Museum of Art and teaches photography though a program called “Outside the Lens,” a non-profit after school program focused on the proliferation of arts in all communities.

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