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Birth Culture

Alice Proujansky taught in our Community Collaborations program in 2002. She has been extremely busy since then as a freelance journalist and Teaching Artist and Staff Developer at Urban Arts Partnership in NYC.  Her Birth Culture project was featured in this Sunday’s NY Times.

©Alice Proujansky

Life’s Unequal Beginnings – NYTimes.com

Alice Proujansky (BFA 2002)  in the NY Times Sunday Review as part of their Exposures series in The Opinion Pages.

She writes: For the past six years I have been photographing birth, looking at its universal as well as cultural aspects, and the struggle to provide women with safe, respectful care. An estimated quarter of a million women die each year from pregnancy-related causes like pre-eclampsia. Though the number of women who die in pregnancy or childbirth is half what it was 20 years ago, most of these deaths could have been prevented.

My interest in the subject started when I was 18 and on a semester-abroad program in the Dominican Republic, where I ended up with a Spanish immersion internship in the materInity ward of a public hospital. continue reading.

This is the not the fist time the NY Times has featured this work. In 2010, they produced  the multimedia piece “Hope for a Healthy Birth After C-Section” using Alice’s photos.

A freelance photojournalist based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Alice Proujansky’s work has been published by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBCNew York MagazineNPR and others. She has also been a teaching artist for many years and now is Staff Developer at Urban Arts Partnership. Alice returns regularly to our department to talk to students in our Community Collaborations project. 

See www.aliceproujansky.com for more information, to view more images from her Birth Culture project, and to follow her blog.


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Inspiration and Resources

Tonight in my Community Collaboration course, we had the pleasure of listening to presentations by Ife Abdus-Salam, Katie Kline, and Alice Proujansky, 3 Photography & Imaging Alumni who work in community based arts organizations and public schools. They were inspiring and informative. I did my best at live blogging:


Ifétayo Abdus-Salam, P&I ’06, www.ifesalam.com
Ifétayo Abdus-Salam received her BFA in Photography & Imaging and a BA in Africana Studies from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, (2006), and a MAT in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design Education from The Rhode Island School of Design (2009). In addition to her career as a visual artist, Ifétayo is a visual arts instructor at Bronx Leadership Academy II in the South Bronx, where she utilizes her passion for the arts to promote youth expression and critical discourse on contemporary issues.

“silence will not save us” a belief that infuses her art work and pedagogy as a teacher.

Ife’s experience before graduate school

  • Leadership Program – Dept Of Education funded by 21st century school fund– started teaching in that program while she was a student.
  • Children’s Aid Society first as program coordinator for after-school and summer program.   Created art programming that was brought into drug prevention program. Started digital photography programt

Then went to RISD to Masters in Art Education. Then started teaching in DOE. School was able to hire her at first as art/photography/health teacher. Started 4th year. New Visions school – [see New Visions for Public Schools] New Visions works with schools to boost student acheivement and gives extra funding. With New Vision funding, Ife has restructed art program to start digital photography program in fall but students can only take for one year at most.

Challenge to have students rethink what Art is.


Katie Kline, P&I ’05 www.katiekline.com
Katie Kline is currently the Teen Academy Coordinator at the International Center of Photography (serving approximately 450 high school students annually: (www.icp.edu/school/teen-academy) She will be co-teaching the Tisch P&I Summer Pre-College program in 2012 and beginning the MFA program at Columbia University.

Before working at ICP, Katie was an assistant teacher at

ICP Teen Academy

  • photography, writing, public speaking, life skills
  • 50% scholarship, 50% paid model, 450 students
  • teen foto fridays that allow students to all work together outside of classes.
  • ICP also offers many community partnerships

Think about community and the importarnce of maintaining networks every step along the way.

Alice Proujansky, P&I 2002, www.aliceproujansky.com/

Since graduating from the Department of Photography and Imaging in 2002, Alice Proujansky has taught photography to under-served youth with Urban Arts Partnership, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, and the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services in Crown Heights, Red Hook, Harlem, East New York, the Lower East Side, Washington Heights and beyond. She is currently a Staff Development Consultant at Urban Arts Partnership, where she runs professional development workshops, develops arts integration curricula, and coaches Teaching Artists. Her focus is on providing relevant teaching resources so artists can teach the artistic process, academic rigor, and engaged citizenship.

CASES – alternative sentencing program for  incarcerated youth

Urban Arts– offers programs in underserved schools – teaches integration of arts and citizenship – teaching academic subjects through the arts.

Likes the challenge of teaching within structure of the school and with the arts, reach students that have trouble with traditional teaching and reading/writing.

After she herself burned out, she recognized the need for teachers to take care of themselves so she invented the staff developer position to train teaching artists.

Responspive Classroom – alternative education research – using effective teacher language – great resource

Association of Teaching Artists – join their list serv
*many links on their resources pages 

Teaching Artist job fair coming up. Will let us know along with  professional developmental workshop info,


3 More resources from tonight

Kennedy Center for the Arts Arts Edge

National Arts Educators Association

Citizens Committee for Children of NYC

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Community Collaborations Panel > NOVEMBER 7, 2011 @ 6:30pm

All are welcome 

Community Collaborations: A Panel Discussion
Monday, November 7, 2011,
6:30-8:30pm, Room 844
Department of Photography & Imaging
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
721 Broadway, at Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003
Join us for a panel discussion about art in an expanded field
featuring alumni panelists. Moderated by Lorie Novak, Professor of
Photography & Imaging and Co-Director of the
Department’s COmmunity COllaborations program

Petruska Bazin (’04) is Program Manager of The Laundromat Project,
Lauren Fabrizio (’05) is a licensed Art Therapist, Katie Kline (’05)
is the Teen Academy Coordinator at the International Center of
Photography, and Alice Proujansky (’02) is a teaching artist and Staff
Development Consultant at Urban Arts Partnership. The panelists will
give presentations about their work on their various projects as well
as their own art practices followed by a discussion.

The panel is presented is conjunction with Photography & Imaging’s
COmmunity COllaborations program, www.photoandimaging.net/coco/

COmmunity COllaborations: New York City Teens Speak Out (CoCo) is a workshop
program offered every spring semester in Tisch Photography & Imaging.
Teaching in teams, NYU students facilitate digital photography
workshops with NYC high school students using the department labs. The
program will expand in 2012 to offer free workshops to high school
students in any NYC school. For more information, please email

CoCo was founded by Lorie Novak and co-directed by Novak and Erika deVries.

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ICP Teen Academy

Great Blog

ICP Teen Academy Coordinator is CoCo and P&I Alumna Katie Kline!!

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