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!

LTP on CBS + podcast of Liz Gilly’s interview with Karin Phillips

Students Display Art Work From ‘Literacy Through Photography’ Program (Click HERE to hear the podcast of Liz Gilly’s interview with Karin Phillips of KYW News Radio)

July 11, 2011 5:17am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The results of the first “Literacy Through Photography” program in Philadelphia is being displayed at the galleries of Moore College of Art and Design.

Students in seven classrooms at five Philadelphia schools were given cameras and told to document what was around them and then write journal entries about their experiences.  The result, says Moore galleries interim co-director Elizabeth Gilly, was not only interesting photographs, but increased literacy skills, better interaction and more self confidence. And the communities near the schools will also benefit.

“Twelve student photographs have been selected to be made into three-by-six foot banners and put down the street,” Gilly says.

Kathleen Troy 2011, William Cramp Elementary School

But Gilly says it’s about more than just a school assignment, “These kids are coming in with a whole new sense of confidence and a new ability to write in a different way and they’ve already improved in how they work together in the classroom.”

Ten-year-old Ashley Esperra of William Cramp Elementary School took photos of her teacher: “I took pictures of my teacher, because I wanted people to know about a teacher who inspired me to become a teacher myself.”

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

LTP on NBC Philadelphia this morning

Last week Aditi Roy of NBC Philadelphia visited the classroom of Jaime Rowlyk, fifth grade teacher at William Cramp Elementary, as part of their segment Teacher Says. She spoke with Jaime and some of her students who participated in LTP this year, and stopped by The Galleries as well for a few clips of our current exhibition and pending publication.

The segment is very powerful and inspirational, and a wonderful example of how LTP has already begun to impact these students in only the first few months of the project, and hopefully will continue to do so in the future.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/on-air/as-seen-on/The_Teacher_Says__William_Cramp_Elementary_School_Philadelphia-124181208.html

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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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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