25 secondary schools participated in the cycle that started in October 2014. This represents an increase compared to the 2013-14 programme year, which attracted 23 schools across Jamaica.
Since 2004, the Resolution Project has been introducing high school students in rural Jamaica to the field of photography and the opportunity that it affords them to address issues that affect their communities.
Students are trained in the basics of the art form, provided with cameras and a theme for each cycle of the project. The fundamental goal is that students learn how to use photography to advocate for positive change. In recent times, an enlarged project scope has opened the door for it to be offered to disenfranchised young persons, who are not part of the formal school structure. Starting in 2010, the Resolution Project has been used to empower ‘at risk youth’ through the Tivoli Resolution Project, following the infamous incursion; the Granville Resolution Project and the Savanna-la-Mar Resolution Project, respectively.
An increasing number of schools have been entering the competition, with a number of impressive submissions, from which several exhibitions have been mounted. Currently, photos from the project are on permanent exhibit at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Departure Pier in both the Norman Manley International Airport and the Sangsters International Airport. A month-long retrospective in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary displayed pieces from the project at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre in London, United Kingdom. Photos have also received prominence at the headquarters of the European external action service in Brussels, Belgium, at the 'Out of Many, One Jamaica' art exhibition. Students' photos have also earned awards at the JCDC’s National Art Competition.
According to the study Youth Development and the Arts in Nonschool Hours published by the GIA Newsletter; participation in the creative arts offers an opportunity for life changing experiences. By opening up the processes of the right brain it encourages participants to take risks, challenge established rules and to take part in imaginative planning all in the creation of a quality product. Emerging artists also learn invaluable lessons in human interaction and lessons in accepting criticism. Everyone has different skills and different needs and therefore the broader the variety of art programmes available, the greater the participation and the reward.
Studies have also shown that at-risk youth who have been exposed to the creative arts develop a more positive sense of self and their future, a greater connection and appreciation for their environment particularly if the project is connected to it.
The Resolution Project which began before the smart phone revolution; took the art form of photography to schools that would not normally have been exposed to it due to the related expenses at the time. Not only did it awaken latent talents but as a part of the creative arts it allowed for an appreciation of the form and the development of a marketable skill.