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Middle School As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Teacher’s Cell Phone 

Middle School As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Teacher’s Cell Phone
What I’ve learned from my students about teaching.

Alice Proujansky, Aperture Foundation teaching artist, documentary photographer, Tisch Photography & Imaging Alumnus, and former teacher in our Community Collaborations (now Future Imagemakers) program.


 

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A Thousand Words: Writing From Photographs

 

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A Thousand Words: Writing From Photographs

This article by Casey N. Cep in the New Yorker discusses her switch from using a notebook to her phone camera to prepare for writing a piece. She explores how writing from photographs has changed the way she writes and remembers event. Now instead of reading through pages of notes, she flicks through her photostream allowing her to recall minute details that she might otherwise have forgotten.

Writing from photographs seems as though it should produce the same effect, sharpening the way we convert experiences and events into prose. I suspect that it also changes not only what we write but how we write it. It’s no coincidence that the rise of the selfie coincides with the age of autobiography.”

Her views on writing from photographs are both enlightening and inspiring. It makes you consider how pairing prose and photographs can affect how both are interpreted. Often times authors believe that writing from photographs can deaden the prose, but Cep describes how it can also bring it to life. Photographs jog memory, but also create an alternate reality simply by taking a moment out of its own time stream.  This affect allows a writer to connect moments that were nowhere near each other or related prior to the two photographs being next to each other. It allows an author to re imagine a past event based purely on what was captured in the frame. Writing from photographs can be a helpful tool for journalists, but I also think it would be a helpful exercise for photographers to explore what the thousand words there photographs are worth actually are.

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Museum Archive Leads Bronx Students to Forgotten Slave Burial Ground

reposting from Hyperallergic blog

Museum Archive Leads Bronx Students to Forgotten Slave Burial Ground

Major online archives of accessible images have become regular news out of museums, and part of the reason is stories like this: elementary school kids in the South Bronx have used a photograph from one of those archives to bring about historic recognition for a long-forgotten slave burial ground.

Museum Archive Leads Bronx Students to Forgotten Slave Burial Ground

On January 24, students and staff of PS 48 joined state elected officials and other leaders from the community for a public call to action to give the recently rediscovered cemetery state historic listing, and hopefully national attention. The Hunts Point cemetery was unearthed through a photograph in the Museum of the City of New York’s Collections Portal online. Marked simply “Slave burying ground, Hunts Point Road” and dated to 1910, the washed-out photograph shows a few simple tombstones amid a tumble of dry grass and spindly trees. [read more]

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Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell champions art education

A wonderful article in NY Times about our Dean, Mary Schmidt Campbell

Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell Looks Beyond the Tisch School – NYTimes.com.

Because Mary Schmidt Campbell has held so many high-profile positions in New York’s cultural world, she has long chosen to be somewhat politic about sharing her personal views.

“It is a demonstrated fact that if you put well-designed arts programs into the schools — particularly in areas that are underserved — and you integrate them into the curriculum, you can raise the performance in reading, math and science,” she said during a recent interview in her office.

And yet, even as some public schools struggle, the value of arts education, which, she pointed out, is not some dispensable, luxury pursuit but a true boost to learning, is not as widely embraced as it should be…”

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Future Imagemakers on the NY Times Lens Blog

Ten of the 2013 Future Imagemakers submitted images to the New York Times Lens Blog Hometown project. Click HERE to see a slideshow of the work.

photo by Javen Barino

“My Hometown”  [is] a vibrant document of 4,289 images submitted by teenagers in school- or community-based photography programs across the United States, including rural villages and urban neighborhoods, wealthy suburbs and blue-collar Rust Belt towns.

While participants only photographed their own communities, together, the images create an important and lasting document of America today as seen by teenagers. They are published today in an interactive feature that opens with a selection of 145 photographs and is also searchable by state and by photographer. Many of the images will be archived at the Library of Congress in the Prints and Photographs Division. [Read more and see more of the 4,289 images submitted by teens throughout the country.]

It’s so exciting to see their work in the NY Times.

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Girls Tweeting Not Twerking Their Way to Power

Girls Tweeting Not Twerking Their Way to Power – NYTimes.com.

great article an what girls are doing through collaborations like our friends at Spark. Here is an excerpt:

Online petitions, like the one leveraged in this campaign, are quickly becoming one of the central strategies for girls and young women creating greater awareness of sexism, and a cost or accountability for those who practice it. Girls like Rios have become modern day Davids taking on the Goliaths of our time — multinational corporations like Facebook and Lego, and media giants, like Seventeen magazine and Clear Channel.

The primary platforms for petitions of this ilk are Change.org and WeAreUltraviolet.org — the latter focuses exclusively on gender-related campaigns. Beyond that, a variety of organizations support girls and women to create online campaigns — more broadly called “online organizing” — such as SPARK and Women, Action & Media (WAM), which now does a monthly campaign. I spoke with representatives from these organizations, along with those they’d targeted, about a breadth of campaigns to understand what can be accomplished and what’s still proving elusive.

read entire article

vist SPARK

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The New Activists: Students in the Community

Watch this inspiring promo for Imaging America’s web series on The New Activists. 

“The New Activists: Students in the Community” is Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life’s web series featuring students bringing their knowledge to collaborations with community members to address important community-identified problems and opportunities. 

Click here to see the entire videos.

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Arts in a Changing America

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Came across this blog today exploring the social function of art
with posts by a wide range of artists and writers.

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.Our aim, niche, and focus is simply: the intersection of arts and changing demographics in the U.S. and the Americas.

We welcome submissions from emerging as well as professional “cultural reporters” who have their ear to the ground of what is happening artistically in communities, places, media, and among groups and publics not normally or regularly covered by mainstream art critics and publications.

Read  more about them

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JR & the Inside Out Project

The French artist known as JR works relatively anonymous. After finding a camera in the Paris Metro, he began to study street art around Europe. Before winning a Ted Prize in 2011, JR created projects in Paris, Shanghai, Spain, Los Angeles.

The most interesting and socially engaging in my opinion is the Face 2 Face project in which he posted portraits of Israeli and Palestinian on each side of the separation wall of the two states. Many said it was impossible as it was high illegal, but it managed to be completed. The aim was to show how similar these two peoples were. I feel that though the images were humorous and light, they spoke about a much deeper level of unity. These people are brothers, yet they fight and kill each other.

After many successful but difficult projects, JR applied and was awarded a Ted Prize for his project, Inside Out. JR called for “a global art project” at the Ted Conference. This new project has extended what JR himself does with posting black and white portraits in urban areas. Inside Out allows for people around the world to submit portraits of their own. These portraits are then printed by the project and sent back in order to display in a public space. Guidelines have you group together with at least 5 other people with the same statement of purpose and then Inside Out makes it happen. The project is ongoing and submissions can be made on the site here. JR has recently brought a facet of his project that involves photo booths to Times Square in NYC. Check out the New York Times article here. I find this project so inspiring because you have so many voices just waiting to be heard all around the world. Many do not have the resources to have that voice heard. Inside Out gives these people the opportunity to share their stories with us, while creating a common ground.

 

 

 

 

 

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Global Action Project Curriculum

Global Action Project, an organization that works with youth most affected by injustice, has a rich website full of curriculum that is free to download and use in your own classroom. A quick sign-up gives you access to PDF lesson plans. Global Action Project notes that these lesson plans are by no means a solid blueprint. They are meant to explore and add to the workshop as you see fit. They also encourage you to share with them how you’ve adapted their curriculum to suit your classroom needs.

I downloaded workshop entitled Power that deals with the vast gap between the rich and poor in the United States. By identifying the cause of this inequality, we can work together to bring about social justice.

The workshop is full of interactive games to get the students involved. One game is a question and answer game about the media. You discover that the power the media has in today’s society dictates what we hear and most importantly, what we do not hear. This use of corporate media oppresses the interests of the minority. Did you know that only 3% of the 1400 local TV stations in the US are owned by people of color? Staggering statistics such as this are knowledge you gain from this workshop. You can download this workshop on Power here.

Be sure to check out the other amazing guides to workshops on Global Action Project’s rich website to bring to your classroom.

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