Shannon Galpin – Streets of Afghanistan Launch Party

Streets of Afghanistan Launch Party & Fundraiser
Date: April 22, 2010
Address: Suite 200, Larimer Square, Denver, CO

Streets of Afghanistan is a collaborative living art exhibition combining; large format photography, video projection, audio, and humans themselves, to create a wholly unique and innovate approach towards storytelling and cultural education. Unlike anything done before in the non profit realm, Mountain 2 Mountain will launch this exhibition with a sneak peek at Suite Two Hundred in downtown Denver this April.

The full exhibition includes seven foot high banners will re-create Kabul’s city streets and Afghan rural roads to create walkways that visitors can ‘walk through’. Video projections of city markets, rural villages, and buzkashi horse games surround visitors. Streets of Afghanistan brings Western and Afghan photographers together in a collaborative exhibition that aims to immerse visitors in an area of the world most will never travel to.

The exhibit is the culmination of two years of planning by Mountain 2 Mountain founder, and Colorado resident, Shannon Galpin, Founded three years ago, Mountain 2 Mountain develops programs to educate, train, and create jobs for the women and children of Afghanistan. They work alongside the community leaders in remote areas to create sustainable projects with the deaf, women’s prisons, streetchildren, and rural midwifery training.

For more information visit: http://calgary.tchmachines.com/~naehizck/events/streets-of-afghanistan/

About Mountain2Mountain:
Mountain 2 Mountain was founded over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2006 by Shannon Galpin. At its inception, the organization supported existing non profits and NGO’s working in remote mountain communities, while it structured its own charter and purpose. Our mission is to use education as an entry point in communities, and implement a cyclical model that includes training, job creation, and microfinance. This cyclical model finishes what many organizations start with, education and vocation training programs. Education and vocational training is only empowering if there is a sustainable and economic output. We believe that unless there is a market for the seamstresses we train, or the teachers we teach, or the agricultural co ops we create, then we aren’t finished. Change and empowerment comes from communities getting the tools to help themselves.

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