FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The African Millennium Foundation is proud to present
“TENACITY Life Without Parents” photographs by Harris Hartsfield
September 30 – October 20, 2007
Reception Sunday, September 30, 2007, 4-8pm

Proceeds to benefit Reencontro an AMF Project
Sponsored by the Pounder Kone Art Space



3407A Glendale Blvd. (corner of Revere), Atwater Village, CA 90039
Contact:  Steve Irvin, Gallery Manager

(323) 913-2247, fax (323) 913-2245
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Web site, http://www.cchpkas.com
Web site, African Millennium Foundation, http://www.1amf.org
Hours, Thursday – Sunday, 1-7pm



THE AFRICAN MILLENNIUM FOUNDATION PRESENTS
"TENACITY: LIFE WITHOUT PARENTS" HARRIS HARSTFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT POUNDER KONE ART SPACE IN ATWATER VILLAGE

Award winning actress CCH Pounder (THE SHIELD) is proud to announce a special photo exhibit, presented by The African Millennium Foundation, "Tenacity: Life Without Parents, by Los Angeles photographer Harris Hartsfield at the Pounder Kone Art Space in Atwater Village.   The Opening Reception will be held on September 30, 2007 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and the exhibit runs until October 20th.  The photographs are of the AIDS impacted orphans of Rencontro and Hartsfield was accompanied to Mozambique by some of the students from the Archer School for Girls of Brentwood, CA.  Malena Ruth of the African Millennium Foundation facilitated the visit.  The exhibit includes photographs of some of the orphans CCH Pounder “adopted” and through Rencontro and the African Millennium Foundation's support, the children are assisted with their every days needs and are able to continue their schooling.

Harris Hartsfield is a photographer and has been a teacher of photography at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles since 1998. A California Institute of the Arts graduate, receiving a BFA in1998, and a MFA in 2000. While at Cal Arts he worked in the Community Arts Partnership Program at the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA. In 1998 he taught black and white and color photography at the California State Summer School for the Arts at Cal Arts, and has been the photographer for that program since 2001. Harris’s work encompasses social documentary, landscape, astrophotography, and portraiture.  His exhibition list is long with a strong history of exhibits with the Topanga Canyon Gallery. He teaches black and white photography to his students at the Archer School for Girls, which includes portraiture, environmental, and documentary work.

Since 1997 Harris is has been working on a photographic documentary project about Asbury Park New Jersey where he grew up, and he recently digitally self-published his first book, “Welcome to Asbury Park” in 2006.

The Archer School for Girls http://www.archer.org is an educational community that supports and challenges young women to discover their passions and realize their true potential.  The school provides a rigorous, integrated college preparatory curriculum that fosters critical thinking and intellectual curiosity.  The school helps girls to become leaders and life-long learners, strengthening their capacity to contribute positively to their communities. Archer is situated on an eight-acre campus in the heart of Brentwood in a 95,000 square foot historic building that was built in 1931 by famed California architect William R. Mooser.

The African Millennium Foundation http://www.1amf.org is a strategic non-profit and non-governmental organization committed to the social and economical empowerment of the people of Africa, especially women.  AMF seeks to target poverty at its very root by providing African women with the necessary tools for achieving self-sufficiency, through implementation of micro credit programs. AMF was created because women's grassroots organizations, especially in Africa, the world's poorest continent, are often bypassed in international development programs due to traditional approaches and lack of voice.  AMF joined the Micro credit Summit Campaign in 2002, with the goal of reaching one million of Africa's poor, especially women.

The Pounder-Kone Art Space http://www.cchpkas.com is located at 3407 Glendale Boulevard and was established to focus on the visual arts and introduce artists from the Diaspora, the Los Angeles area and emerging artists.  CCH Pounder and Boubacar Kone own the Pounder-Kone Art Space, as well as The Musee Boribana in Dakar, Senegal.

For further information and to R.S.V.P for the September 30th reception, Sponsored by The Archer School for Girls, please call (323) 913-2247.



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