“ZoomUganda” Photo Exhibit & Talk

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a special photo exhibit “ZoomUganda” during the month of September.

Directed by intercultural consultant Julie Resnick, the “ZoomUganda” project put cameras in the hands of a dozen Ugandan girls and had them document their lives and tell their own stories through their lenses.

The exhibit will be on display in the Hoffman Center Gallery Fridays, Sep. 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. Resnick, a Manzanita resident, will discuss “Behind the Scenes of ZoomUganda” during a special reception Friday, Sep. 16 at 7 p.m.

“ZoomUganda empowered its participants to stand in the centers of their world and show you the view from there,” said Resnick. “Viewers can see what these girls experience as significant, as sacred: chores before and after the two-hour walk to school and back each day, a favorite goat, elderly relatives standing in for dearly departed parents, those parents’ many graves.”

Resnick said the project gave the girls an opportunity for further education, which is the “single most effective step a family, village, and country can take to build communities, improve health conditions, and foster economic growth.” She added, “Educating girls quite literally changes our world.”

Dan Haag
Born and raised in the great white north of Minnesota, Dan Haag felt the pull of the north Oregon Coast in the early 90s. Finding that rain never needed to be shoveled, he married an Oregon girl and settled in Manzanita, where he works as director of the Manzanita Visitors Center. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of state and national publications. He spends his free time wandering the area’s many trails, supporting the Oregon wine and beer industry, perusing coastal bookstores, and chasing his black Labrador, Lilo, along the beach.