I led a portrait session with my design professor Don Pollack before he embarked on his 2 month 3,000 mile bicycle journey from Chicago to the Oregon coast. His cross country journey began early this summer to September 2015.
Don told me during our portrait session that Crossing The Great Divide is a landscape and mobile dialog project with the ultimate goal of raising awareness for restorative justice. This interactive mission is to document the stories of people and the landscapes, welcoming a public dialog locally as well as digitally and sharing them via website & twitter @DivideCrossing where I and hopefully many supporters will be participating in the conversation.
I was most excited about his interest in visiting Native Americans in their perspective communities. The cultural and historical hardships faced with today's society and social norms has had a profound effect on these people, there is a need for aid in constructive ways. Don is raising money for the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice (Strengthening Community Through Restorative Practices). With our communities, environments, and statuses of repair for everything from our planet to our local elementary school, I feel strongly for this cause and I am so looking forward to contributing in some way.
Pictured is Don with everything packed, holding a land marker appropriately branded that he'll be leaving behind along the way!