New Executive Director At Rehabilitation Through Photography
For Maureen, RTP is a great fit. She believes that visual and verbal storytelling can help solve the problems of the world. As a published author of poetry and short stories, she has two books currently with literary agents, Dear Anne Frank: Writing Diaries Behind Bars, co-authored with Cynthia L. Cooper, and The Red Diary, a work of fiction about the last seven months of Marilyn Monroe’s life.
Jackie Augustine, President of the RTP Board of Directors stated that “We are very excited about the great progress that RTP is making in so many areas. We have created many new programs in the past year, most recently at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fort Hamilton. Maureen will help us focus on expanding our efforts to create more programs, develop new events, build brand extensions, develop membership packages and increase donation and grants.”
Maureen McNeil, the new Executive Director of Rehabilitation Through Photography stated, “The old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words,” proves true everyday at RTP. Teaching children and adults to express their ideas visually builds upon their strengths rather than their disabilities, and connects participants to their communities. RTP’s innovative programming is the kind smart donors want to fund. I’m inspired by its 70-year history, the professional photographers who teach its programs, volunteers and donors and the continued support of the photo industry.
Please visit us at the Photo Plus Expo at the Jacob Javits Center on October 25-27, 2012 @ Booth #359, meet Maureen McNeil and Members of the Board of Directors and “help transform lives through the power of photography”.
ABOUT REHABILITATION THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
Rehabilitation Through Photography provides photography instruction and programs to veterans, the physically and emotionally challenged, the elderly, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, the homeless and, the visually impaired. This photography instruction engages individuals with the wider world beyond their limitations and empowers them to see and act in creative and life-affirming ways. The acts of capturing the beauty and vitality of the world with a camera and of then enhancing the resulting images, rekindle individuals' interest in and excitement about life.
RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography partners with public and private organizations across the New York metropolitan area to create programs and procure equipment and supplies and train instructors. Some of the organizations supported by RTP include: Birch Susser School for Exceptional Children, Block Institute, Cartwheel Initiative, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Fresh Art, NYC, Gallop/ NYC, IUDUSchool for Students with Special Needs, Jewish Union Foundation, Millenium High School, and the Veterans Center at Fort Hamilton. From the analog cameras and darkrooms of the past to the digital cameras and software of today, RTP's programs have taught many thousands of students inneed, created many inspiring works of beauty, and nurtured countless New Yorkers.
RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 5013C charitable organization.