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Kira Carrillo Corser has worked as a photojournalist and photographic artist for over 15 years. She has published and exhibited nationally. Her work has been in the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona; The Ansel Adams Gallery, Friends of Photography in San Francisco and the Smithsonianin Washington D.C.She worked as Head of Still Photography for Public Broadcasting in San Diego for 10 years. She taught “Arts and Community” for 8 years in Service Learning and worked as a “Visual Art Consultant specializing in Visual Literacy with Capstone Students” in Human Communications at CSUMB.Awards and Grants include: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Irvine Foundation Art Grant, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, The California Council for the Arts, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The California Wellness Foundation and a California State Senate Award for Excellence in Social and Artistic Collaboration.”Projects have exhibited nationally in: art galleries, museums, universities, national conferences, in 19 states, including capital buildings and in the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. Work has also been part of Public Broadcasting programs, and also in CNN and NBC Broadcasts with President Clinton’s Town Meeting, radio and TV interviews and a video produced at Stanford multimedia titled “Weaving a Vision: Two Artists for Social Change.”Corser and poet, Frances Payne Adler have collaborated in 4 major photography-poetry traveling exhibitionsand 3 books: A Matriot’s Dream: Health Care For All; When The Bough Breaks: Pregnancy and the Legacy of Addiction; Struggle To Be Borne; and Home Street Home.” In addition, Corser designed and organized 2 year community project titled “Visual Voices: Threat of the Dam.” This includes a website.Kira Carrillo Corser’s art goals: (1) To produce individual and/or collaborative works with artists and/or nonprofit organizations that aid and promote social justice or wellness and healing and (2) To consult or teach individual and collaborative projects using art as a compelling force for social action and visual literacy at the university or community levels.Past art projects were used to educate community leaders, elected representatives, and the public on social issues such as: health care, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse and the cycle of addiction and abuse, immigration and bilingual education, welfare reform, pesticide abuse and pollution/environmental debates. Recent work includes video/art projects helping children with anger reduction and wellness for children and breast cancer.Over 15 years experience working with coalitions, universities, legislators, and national/local non-profit organizations. Books have been published and distributed nationally many nonprofits, including the HBO Comic Relief Programs; the National Red Cross; the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; San Diego State University; and NewSage Press and the Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition.