These photos were taken by the award-winning photojournalist, Willie J. Allen Jr., who was hired by local arts non-profit, ArtReach Orlando, to document the faces, culture and living conditions of Bithlo residents for an installation called the "Welcome to Bithlo" Art Show in August of 2012. The exhibit called attention to the past, present and future of an ignored community in Central Florida by featuring historic photos, Allen's work and children's interpretations of their future through art.
ArtReach Orlando works with under-served communities and organizations to provide free arts programming for at-risk youth. For more information, please go to artreachorlando.org
Photos by Willie J. Allen Jr.