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“Subway Sleepers” Opened with Grand Success!

What an amazing opening reception we had last night at La Mama Theatre featuring Linda Kessler‘s “Subway Sleepers” and the work of program participants from the JHP and Brain Injury Awareness of New York State partnership!

We are so grateful for all that attended and shared love and energy with us. Your support makes it possible to continue to do the fulfilling work of enhancing lives through photography!

Many MANY thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting our community work and believing in our mission. Here’s to another great exhibit!

Did you miss it? The exhibit is open all weekend:
June 23-24: 11am-9pm
June 25-26: 2pm-9pm


Vivian Maier Print for Auction on Paddle8 March 17-31

Proceeds support Josephine Herrick Project.

During Women’s History Month, we are thrilled that a Vivian Maier print was donated to us by John Maloof and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

The print is up for bid through March 31, 2015.

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926-April 21.2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. She was recently the subject of the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.

April is “Autism Awareness Month” and the perfect time to “make a gift” of $50 or more to Josephine Herrick Project

Congratulations to JHP Student Akeem Bonaparte on graduating High School and starting a full time position at the United Nations

“Photography makes me peaceful.”
Akeem Bonaparte
JHP Student,
2013 Award Winner from President Obama for his volunteer services.

As you know, Josephine Herrick Project teaches photography to children on the Autism Spectrum in partnership with community organizations throughout New York and beyond.


Through photography JHP creates opportunities for children with autism to build the skills and inspire the creativity to express themselves in a meaningful way.

Your Gift is Important. All of JHP’s programs are free. It costs $10,000 to run a year-long photography program at a community organization. All funding support is provided by people like you.

Donate now and help us continue transforming lives through photography

Thank you for your continued support
Yours Sincerely,

Maureen McNeil
Executive Director

Today is #GivingTuesday a National Day of Giving

By Jackie Augustine

To all our friends of the Josephine Herrick Project, I want to thank you for all your support that has allowed us to live up to our mission to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s completely free programs inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.

Today, we invite you to support the Josephine Herrick Project as part of #GivingTuesday,. a national movement to give back to nonprofits that make a difference.

After “giving thanks” on Thanksgiving Day and scoring great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday was created by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations to lend support to those charitable causes that would appreciate some extra support at this time of the year.  More than 2,000 organizations participated in #GivingTuesday last year and raised over $10 million in donations.

This has been a fantastic year of growth for Josephine Herrick Project, which for seven decades has enchanced the lives of more than 100,000 Americans by teaching them the basics of photography – for free!  Today through our free program, military veterans, autistic children, at-risk youth, formerly homeless New Yorkers and other people in need connect with the world and share their experiences in their own photos and writing. 

So please consider a gift to the Josephine Herrick project on #GivingTuesday  to help make it possible for us to create new programs for 2014 for students on the waiting list and help more children, adults and veterans realize the “the power of Photography” as a means of communication.

With my hearfelt thanks for your support and best wishes for you and your loved ones during this holiday season.

Yours turly,

Jackie Augustine


Josephine Herrick Project

“Downtown Manhattan,” Featured On Popular “Humans of New York” Blog

Twenty-year-old Akeem Bonaparte just completed a Blurb book, Downtown Manhattan, a combination of writing and photographs. When Brandon Stanton, Founder of Humans of New York, was introduced to Akeem at a JHProject gallery opening last week, he went wild over Akeem’s fresh, poetic writing. His verbal descriptions invite the reader to look at an image again and again to discover his sense of shape, texture and personal reference in his photographs. Akeem’s artistic sensibility is changing our vision of the world!

Akeem studies photography through the JHProject at the Birch Family Services, an organization that provides special schools to individuals with autism, and also currently interns at the JHProject office. He says that photography has helped him to “socialize,” and has taught him the joy of being part of a community. Read the public’s comments about Akeem’s book on the Humans of New York blog. Click here to preview and order your copy of Downtown Manhattan.