Mary-Linn Hughes of Huntington Beach will keep teaching photography to AIDS patients with a $20,800, two-year Artists in Residence grant approved Friday by the California Arts Council in Sacramento.
The money will enable Hughes to continue Open Portraits, a program that primarily involves self-portraiture, at Laguna Shanti, a Laguna Beach-based AIDS service organization.
"I see myself empowering people by teaching them the skills to make their own images of themselves," said Hughes, who received a similar grant last year. "So many of the images we have of AIDS come from the media and not from the people (with AIDS) themselves. When others get to see these portraits, they are very moved and get a different perspective."
Hughes' was one of 194 Artists in Residence grants totaling $1.9 million awarded statewide, according to a council official. It was the only such grant awarded to an Orange County artist.