Italian American Women's Photography Project

Summary: This body of work gives images and a voice to women of Italo descent, some of whom are lesbian, "challenged" and who have created change in their lives and in their Italian and diverse communities. My work has been published, exhibited, and I have organized readings on these experiences in bookstores in Oakland, S.F.and conferences. I have been working on this project since 1992, seven years now.

Project Description: The goal is to continue exhibiting, lecturing and producing images and writings, and start a small publishing company to achieve this goal of spreading the word.

Empowerment of disabled women and girls: I have empowered other women with disabilities by recording their voices and preserved their images and told their stories.

Annual budget: $25,000-49,999

Project duration: I have been working on this project since 1992, seven years now.

Main funding challenge: My biggest challenge to funding is not have Non profit status, serving an ethnic group of women who are not considered to be "Needy or deserving of recognition", even though there has been no major advancement of lesbians of Italian descent or research work done in this arena. There is criticism from the straight conservative community even though at least half of the women in my project are straight. I have received support from individuals, a small supplies grant from the Sicilian Foundation, and a Client Choice grant for exhibition in February.

Contact information:
Francesca Roccaforte
Mail: PO Box 1219, Alameda, CA 94501
Telephone: 510 814-9716

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