It has not only been a pleasure to work alongside David as a co-teacher, but also to observe his work with the students. He empowers students on the Reservation in a unique way and gives them ownership of their communities through photography and reflection. During an intensive summer course, we combined photography with writing to prompt students to think critically of their surroundings and themselves. His process allows students to engage with hands-on activities that give them true knowledge of what they're doing. David displays tremendous patience with the individuals that he works with and ensures understanding before moving on to the next step of the learning process. The photographic process instills a sense of individual pride in the products students create.
- Alexander Herlich, Salish Kootenai College Upward Bound, Pablo, Montana

Our History

A VOICE-Art Vision & Outreach In Community Education was incorporated on June 21, 2006. A VOICE was founded by photographer David J. Spear and Polson, Montana native Jill L. Erickson, with the advice and counsel of Jenifer Blumberg.

Prior to this, Jill and David actively pursued this type of fundraising and project work through other local non-profit organizations. In 2002, in association with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, they started Our Community Record Two Eagle River School. This ongoing project has been funded through A VOICE-Art Vision & Outreach In Community Education since the fall of 2006.