About Athens Photographic Project

Our Mission

The Athens Photographic Project is a non-profit art program that promotes mental health recovery by providing opportunities for community members living with mental illness to express themselves creatively through photography. 

Our Vision

• As an innovative model, we inspire and support communities to create art-based programs that improve quality of life and social acceptance for individuals living with mental illness.
• By experiencing creative growth and artistic development within a supportive arts community, people with mental illness learn to express themselves as part of their journey in recovery, and in so doing rebuild confidence, strengthen life skills, and recognize value in their lives and in the lives of their peers.
• Community-based art serves as a cornerstone for ensuring social equality and civic engagement for all people, while bringing new and exciting voices to the arts.

Achieving Our Mission

The Athens Photographic Project offers 10-week photography classes at introductory and advanced levels, which encompass photo history, photography assignments, positive art critiques, and peer support.  All classes are led by professionally trained photographers who are assisted by Ohio University photography students and senior level Athens Photographic Project students serving as mentors.  Athens Photographic Project artists are invited to submit their work to annual curated exhibition, which have reached regional, statewide, and national audiences.  To date, the Athens Photographic Project has served individuals living within Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties in Ohio.

Our Core Values

  • Empowerment
  • Self-acceptance
  • Access to the arts
  • Quality of Life
  • Community contribution
  • Social Inclusion
  • Creative expression
  • Skill building