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Valley Public Radio Presents #DroughtVoices For October ArtHop

Sep 30, 2014


Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio
A photo submitted by a youth reporter with The kNOw Youth Media

Downtown Fresno - CMAC, Community Media Access Collaborative, will host an Art Hop October 2nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in collaboration with Valley Public Radio, NPR for Central California, at the CMAC studios. The multimedia series Voices of the Drought will be on exhibit. The series explores the impact of California’s historic drought by exploring the many people the drought touches, from the homeowner whose well has gone dry, to snow surveyors to farmers.

Knowing the record setting drought is a story all other news outlets would report on, Valley Public Radio’s three person newsroom asked themselves a question before coming up with the series: how can we cover this differently? So the team decided to document the drought through first person accounts.

“Knowing who we are and what we have time to do is important,” #DroughtVoices  curator Ezra David Romero said. “We can tell people’s stories really well here. We can go to communities, we can find those people.”

Guest blogger Nikiko Masumoto's essays and photos will be on display at the showing.
Credit Nikiko Masumoto

An important part of this for Valley Public Radio is enabling the community to share their own stories using the hashtag #droughtvoices and showcasing imagery of the drought across the state on KVPR’s blog Voices of the Drought. Hundreds of images came in using the hashtag and a portion of those photos will be on display for the month.

This ArtHop exhibit is all about bringing the blog to life in photos submitted by people living through the drought, audible with a listening room for KVPR’s drought stories and tangible with the blog searchable on computer stations throughout CMAC.


When: Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: CMAC, 1555 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, California, 93721
1. Gallery Exhibit – Featuring the drought photos of KVPR Reporter Ezra David Romero, a user submitted map, guest blogger corner, and user submitted photos.
2. Listening room – Where KVPR’s radio drought stories will air
3. Computer stations to look through
4. Light refreshments

(Press Release adapted from NPR Digital's post This Small News Team Used A Key Question To Create #DroughtVoices)