Hey, what's going on this week in Austin, public service-wise? Just read this!
Last week, we mentioned the Universal Living Wage (ULW) national online campaign hosted locally by Austin's own House the Homeless. You remember ... the goal of the ULW is to ensure that anyone working a 40-hour week should be able to afford housing based on the wage earned, a wage based on a single national formula related to the local cost of housing throughout the United States? Okay, well, we screwed up royally and put the wrong phone number in the listing. For the most part, whatever info you need is available online, so check the Web site, but here's the correct phone number in case you want to Volunteer your time to help out: www.UniversalLivingWage.org or 796-4366.
Standards of Living, Revisited
The Children's Photographic Collective does some great work. They've appeared in our pages before, in notices about upcoming shows (like this notice is about to be) and in a photo essay feature last year. Basically, the group works with kids via, you guessed it: photography. They teach photography in workshops where so much more is learned. For when a young person learns to see the world differently (through a camera viewfinder, in this case), all sorts of empowerment and all those other 50¢ educational theory words start to take place. Not to be smug, but really, when you get right to the heart of the situation, enabling kids to better understand this world we have thoroughly messed up for them is a step in the right direction. Okay, enough ramble. That said, on to the topical info.
Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer
The CPC's latest project with the Texas School for the Deaf will show A Day in the Life, an exhibition of photos taken by the commercial photog students at TSD. Not only are the daily doings of area deaf kids chronicled, but a whole lotta new perspective is offered, as well. Go check it out this Sunday, May 6 through next Sunday, May 13 at the Texas State Capitol. And in the spirit of this week's Kids' Summer Fun features, take your kiddos; the work of their peers can't help but inspire. 462-0559.