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Chrysalis Academy launches virtual photo album in youth month

30 June 2020

Today, Chrysalis Academy launched its virtual and living photo album, marking its twentieth anniversary as we conclude youth month. The album was presented by the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, together with the CEO of Chrysalis Academy, Dr Lucille Meyer, and Chrysalis’ Head of Training, Janine Turner.

Click here to see the presentation and photo. 

Over the course of the Academy’s twenty years in operation, it has seen over 10 000 young people benefit from the three-month residential programme which includes a 12-month work placement upon graduation.

Minister Fritz said, “The virtual exhibition commemorates 20 years of Chrysalis Academy and begins with selected albums documenting life in the programme. It showcases photographs taken by students, graduates and staff. Included are photos from the Chrysalis Youth Month Photo Exhibition initially displayed at the Artscape Theatre in 2017, photos from various Photo Clubs and Italian photographer Alessandro Iovino’s collection of photos detailing daily activities at Chrysalis Academy.”

The virtual exhibition will be an on-going project for 2020, and new videos, artworks and essays will be added rendering it a living and growing virtual space which will be freely accessible to the public.

Chrysalis Academy’s CEO, Dr Lucille Meyer, pointed out that the, “photographs taken by the students show the creativity, innovation and flair that all young people possess if provided with a safe space within which to work, learn and explore their talents”. 

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Media Enquiries: 

Cayla Ann Tomás Murray
Spokesperson for Minister Albert Fritz
Tel: 021 483 9217
Cell: 064 121 7959