Adjunct Instructor, Ohio University / Founding Director, InitialEyes
Megan Westervelt is a visual storyteller and storyteller advocate. She has recently received her MFA in Communication Media Arts from Ohio University (OU). She previously received her MA in Photography from OU’s School of Visual Communication and her BA in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Denver. In 2014, she received a Fulbright grant to work in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador, on a collaborative project with indigenous Waorani communities to create a joint visual storytelling exhibition about the changing culture and environment of the Amazonian region, entitled Wao Mimo. Since that time, Megan has worked closely with like-hearted collaborators to launch a non-profit organization, InitialEyes, that will empower other indigenous communities globally to visually tell their own stories and create change within their communities to forward the preservation of their culture and conservation of their environment (initialeyes.org). She also teaches as an adjunct instructor for the School of Visual Communication at OU.