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2003-04 Fellow for Life John Galvin Celebrates Two Decades of Youth Vision 

February 15, 2024

In a remarkable journey that began with the support of the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship in 2003-04, Fellow for life John Galvin has nurtured and grown the Early Exposures workshop, a project that has significantly impacted the lives of young Chicagoans through the art of photography. This year, Galvin invites the Schweitzer Fellowship community to a special event marking two decades of this transformative program. 

Event Details 

Occasion: Retrospective Exhibit & Celebration of 20 Years of the Early Exposures Workshop 

Location: The DuSable Black History Museum – Lower Skylight Gallery 

Date and Time: Saturday, February 17, 6-9 p.m. 

Initiated in the summer of 2003, Early Exposures began as a creative outlet and educational program for children involved with Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) in neighborhoods such as Washington Park, Cabrini Green, and Uptown. The workshop has flourished over the years, offering lessons in photography alongside vital life skills. Through weekly photoshoots across various Chicago communities, the program empowers its young participants to express themselves and view their surroundings through a new lens. The culmination of these workshops is a photography exhibit that highlights the students’ perspectives and creativity, shared with their families, friends, and the broader community. 

Reflecting on the program’s journey, Galvin expresses deep gratitude for the foundational support received from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and the continuous partnership with Chicago Youth Programs. Dr. Karen Sheehan, Galvin’s original mentor, has been a steadfast supporter of Early Exposures, illustrating the power of mentorship and community in fostering sustainable initiatives. 

This retrospective exhibit at The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center offers a unique opportunity to witness the growth, challenges, and successes of the Early Exposures workshop through the eyes of its young photographers. For more information about the Early Exposures workshop and to learn more about the event, please visit www.earlyexposures.org.