Banners are up!

I just received images from Phillip at North 5th Street of our LTP banners now OFFICIALLY installed along North 5th Street, just north and south of Olney Avenue. If you are in the area and get a chance to see them please snap a photo to share with us, or let us know your thoughts!

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Word on the street is…banner installation began at 10am today!

We are anxiously awaiting pictures to share, and would like to again thank North 5th Street for all their work to make the FIRST community installation of work by students participating in LTP happen in the FIRST year of the program in Philadelphia!

First Community Installation

In partnership with the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project (NFSRP), located near 5th and Olney, we are proud to announce that the first community-installation of work by students participating in Learning Through Photography at Moore will commence this July!

Representatives from NFSRP selected 12 works to introduce Learning Through Photography at Moore in the community surrounding three of our five inaugural schools: Nueva Esperanza H.S., Grover Washington, Jr. M.S. and William Cramp Elementary School.

This is only the first in what we hope will be a continued effort to place student work created as part of  LTP in ALL communities that surround our participating schools.

Congratulations to these students and stayed tuned for details about a small ceremony to mark the unveiling in late July!!

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12 days and counting!

We’re counting down…only 12 DAYS until the inaugural exhibition of Literacy Through Photography at Moore opens to the public!

We are busy printing, cutting, framing and proofing all of the final works by students for the exhibition and publication. 180 frames….that’s A LOT of framing to do over the next week!

I have to admit, it has been difficult not to share some of the final works that will be on view during our exhibition. I have decided to share ONE example from each of our participating schools. It is not only exciting, but refreshing and interesting to see how each team of teachers approached working, for the first time, with the Literacy Through Photography teaching tools in their classrooms.

Katherine Pena, Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter High School

Kara, Dimner Beeber Middle School

Ashley Altiery, William Cramp Elementary School

Joshua Gonzalez, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School

Jordan Dunn, CCA Baldi Middle School

Printing Printing Printing

The last two weeks I have been traveling around the city, gathering our students’ photographs for formatting and printing. Needless to say the craziness is just beginning as we prepare final works for the exhibition and publication!

Over the next few weeks as we are busy printing, our blog will showcase writing samples and photographs taken by participating students from different classrooms as a sneak peek at what you will see during the exhibition. Some of these images you will see were chosen by students to be part of the exhibition while others were simply one of many taken during the course of the project.

This week will feature images by students at Dimner Beeber Middle School, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School and William Cramp Elementary.

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March 22 at Grover Washington

Class began at Grover Washington this week with a free-write exercise. Students were shown a photograph of an elephant chained to a truck or vehicle and asked to write anything about the photo that came to mind.

Below are examples of student responses that were shared out loud with the class. It was very interesting to hear the different ways that students interpreted the image.

As class continued, students continued to download and print their photographs. I was able to take Amir, Shakirah, and Saphia around the school to take photographs for their self portrait projects. All three had very specific things they were looking for as we walked around the school. Amir focused on finding objects that reminded him of the NBA and other sports. Shakirah looked for areas in the school that might illustrate her love of music. Saphia wanted her self portrait photographs to show her peaceful side and interest in nature.