Living Diversity: CPDP book
Columbia Pike has become one of the most ethnically-diverse communities in the nation, with hundreds of immigrant nationalities co-existing largely in harmony with the historic African-American and white communities that have lived along the corridor since the Pike's founding in 1810.
The strong and compelling photographs portray the faces and places of this rapidly-changing and vital community. The supportive text and oral interviews that will be in the book will add depth and context to the photographs.
We believe the story of Columbia Pike reflects in microcosm the story of what America is becoming, and the experience we have documented will resonate and have meaning for many in our nation.
The book will be published by the University of Virginia Press, and will feature the striking images of the talented CPDP photographers; Lloyd Wolf, Duy Tran, Xang Mimi Ho, Aleksandra Lagkueva, and Paula Endo. There will be a foreword by David Bearinger of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and engaging essays by other noted experts.
The book will be of use in education and diversity programs, will build community solidarity, serve as a historical record, and will provide a powerful and enriching artistic experience in its own right.
A preview of the book can be seen at:
Book mockup & preview
We need your help in raising funds for the book's design and production costs.
We greatly appreciate your support at whatever level you can afford.
Thanks again for all your support.It matters.
We hope to begin getting prints and books to those of you who donated at the appropriate level in the coming weeks. Many of you in Arlington will get your copies hand-delivered to your door.
Thank you again. It made the difference.
If you wish to purchase a copy, email me (we have a few available, UVA Press has the rest), or go Amazon.com to buy it directly: http://www.amazon.com/Living-Diversity-Columbia-Documentary-Project/dp/0990798801
Please be in touch with Lloyd with any ???
And- we're having an exhibition and book signing at the Arlington Mill Community center on October 17th, from noon to 5 PM, with a program and speakers from 3 PM to 5.
Kind regards and appreciation from all of us- Lloyd, Mimi, Aleksandra, Duy, and Paula!
Those of you who donated at levels to get books and/or prints will be receiving them, ahead of the official publication date, after the books arrive from the printer, hopefully in a couple of months.
Look also for a book release party this fall!
And again- THANK YOU!
Because of your generosity, we have made our goal. The book will be a reality.
Editing will commence shortly.
A note from one of our supporters: "Congratulations to the Columbia Pike Documentary Project, the photographers and to this amazing, unique community! Said in all imaginable tones and colors: You rock!"
As do all of you. Muchas gracias, spasibo, vielen dank, todah rabah, shukran, thank you thank you thank you.
FYI: We are having a 'Meet the Photographers' gathering/celebration at the home of Mary Hynes (Arlington County Board member) from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday May 4th, 2014.
You are invited- but kindly RSVP to Lloyd by replying to this message if you're attending.
Or go to our Facebook event invitation page- https://www.facebook.com/events/1409959825938589/ and register there.
Again- thank you. This book will be of, for, and BY the community.
Happy spring y'all-
We are now only just a hair over $500 shy of reaching our $10,000 goal. Reaching our goal will allow us to get the book properly printed and designed, and available to share its message with our community and others.
We've been encouraged to keep asking - so - if you have been meaning to help out, we'd love to have you aboard. Your support means a lot to us, and to the success of this project documenting culture, contemporary history, and promoting diversity.
Every little bit helps- a lot!
Some recent words of encouragement from supporters for Living Diversity:
"...a deep decades-long commitment to social justice issues and documenting the lives of the disenfranchised. This project is so worthy of your cash. "
"Been meaning to support this since the first email I got... which just goes to show, don't give up and keep asking! ;) All the best -- love this project."
"For several years now, my sister and I have been proud to be residents of Columbia Pike. We are very exited about this book and eager to display it in our home."
So- happy spring y'all (and look for a new post to our blog in the next week of an exciting Bolivian dance troupe fiesta.
Cheers and THANK YOU for all your help! It means a lot, and we'll make it together, all of us.
Lloyd - Ø