One of our favorite non-profits, Las Fotos Project, in partnership with Girls Today Women Tomorrow, has facilitated a photography-based workshop with 7 girls from Boyle Heights, CA. Their goal: document the Virgen throughout your neighborhood; find her on t-shirts, bumper stickers, key chains and murals. Using various creative writing methods, the girls then expressed what significance the Virgen carried, be it religious, cultural, or none of the above.

Dec 12th is the Virgen’s feast day, and “Nuestra Virgen De Guadalupe” is a photography exhibit created for and by the residents of Boyle Heights as a seen through the eyes of six teenage girls from the community. Prints of their work will be for sale at the events, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the girls’ and future photography workshops. Check out times, dates, and locations below:

12.12.12 | Eastside Cafe Echospace | 5469 Huntington Dr. N, El Sereno, CA 90032 | 5PM – 7PM
12.14.12 | Casa 0101 (Little Casa) | 2003 E First St. Boyle Heights, CA 90033 | 5PM – 7PM
12.17.12 | Casa 0101 | 2102 E 1st St., Boyle Heights, CA 90033 | 5PM – 7PM

For a sneak preview the collection of images on display, visit Click on each image to read the photographers’ self-expressive words and poems about La Virgen, and click the “Buy It” link to purchase prints or cards.

Las Fotos Project: Las Fotos Project is a nonprofit, community-based program empowering Latina youth through photography, mentorship, and self-expression. To learn more visit

Girls Today Women Tomorrow: Girls Today Women Tomorrow empowers girls to create their own opportunities for life success through contributing to their community as young leaders guided by mentors dedicated to expanding their horizons. To learn more visit