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Maine Media Workshop + College



One of the coolest opportunities I have ever come across for photography summer programs for high school students is the Maine Media Workshop. The way it works is a student applies for a twelve week residency (there are shorter options if you cannot spare the whole summer) that they will devote to a specific category of photography. Some of the choices include:  Digital Photography & Printmaking, Traditional B&W Printmaking, Alternative & Historic Processes & Printmaking, Fine Art Photography, Documentary & Photojournalism, Nature, Landscape, & Travel Photography, and Commercial & Studio Photography. If accepted into the program the student is given a mentor that is an expert in the category they chose. The student will spend their twelve weeks being taught one on one by this mentor as well as attending master classes and workshops. When they are not in class or meetings they can spend their time on the beautiful Maine campus near the sea and develop a project to work on for the summer. They also can choose to design a program that combines multiple categories if they cannot pick just one. It is open to all levels and allows the student the opportunity to escape the demands of real life and focus on developing their craft and a fully realized project that they can use for a portfolio.


To learn more about the program and how to apply visit:


To see work produced by previous students:


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K-12 Web Archiving @ The Internet Archive

K-12 Web Archiving

Great project from the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine

The K12 Web Archiving Program was developed in 2008 with the Library of Congress and the Archive-It team at the Internet Archive. The program provides an opportunity for students – 3rd to 12th grade – to select and save websites for future generations (historians, scholars, their descendants, the general public) to look at 50,100, 500 years from now. The program is kicking off its sixth year with 7 schools in 7 states around the country.

The students’ collections are available here for browsing and searching, and provide an informative, funny, and often touching view into their lives and preferences. more

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Teen Empowerment & Employment through the Arts

Artist for Humanity (AFH) is a unique and innovative arts organization that provides empowerment and employment for teens through the arts (painting, photography, sculpture, screen printing and digital media).  Located in Boston, MA since 1991, AFH’s mission “is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid-employment in the arts.”

AFH partners professional artists/mentors with youth to design, produce and market art products from various media.  Growing up in Boston, I have always been a fan of AFH’s work and certainly hope to work with them one day.

Be sure to check out their blog too!

                                                            photo from AFH

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Teaching about Trayvon Martin

Shoulders of the Ancestors: “When an incident as controversial as the shooting of Trayvon Martin grips the nation the classroom can be an excellent forum for a civil examination and civil discussions of the incident. Teaching about current controversial topics like the Trayvon Martin case engages young people and helps them better understand foundational elements of our democracy such as “rule of law” and “due process”. Indeed engaging young people in such teachable moments is the reason many of us became educators.

The resources below are useful for educators, parents, and individuals who desire to be better informed about the issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin case.” more

* A good time to visit Question Bridge project, transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this “demographic” bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.

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Fotokids in Guatamela

A great article with photos about the Fotokids program in Guatamala on the NYT lens blog.

Nancy McGirr has spent two decades in Guatemala finding value amid castoffs. The symbolism did not escape her when she started teaching photography to a handful of children whose families eked out a living scavenging through the festering, grimy heaps of the capital’s municipal dump.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Interesting ideas from the Art 21 Blog
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I posted this on the CoCo website, but I thought I’d put it here as well. If anyone is working with youth filmmakers, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival has put out their Call for Submissions for 2010. Check out the website for the submission form, and the deadline is December 10, 2009.

Please spread the word!

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Youth Film Program Suggestions

The Human Rights Watch film festival is looking for youth filmmaking programs to collaborate with this year. If you know of any organizations that are working on a film project, let me know!

Hope you’re all having a good school year.

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HRW International Film Festival presented…

Sorry I didn’t post this earlier! The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, in association with Adobe, screened work produced by youth around the world (mostly NYC students though). Topics ranged from youth homelessness to water as a human right. Some of the work was really stunning, and I couldn’t believe how sophisticated some of the films were. This is the Adobe website, and they seem to sponsor other programs as well. The HRWIFF link seems to be broken, but here’s the link to the films that played in New York. (The YPC link is at the bottom.)

Hope your summers are all going well!

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826 Valencia Writing Project (thanks Melanie)

Dave Eggers TED speech: listen

[Dave Eggers’ first book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Since then he’s written two more novels and launched an independent publishing house, which publishes books, a quarterly literary journal (McSweeney’s), a DVD-based review of short films (Wholpin), a monthly magazine (The Believer) and the Voice of Witness project. In 1998 he launched 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based writing and tutoring lab for young people, which has since opened six more chapters across the United States.]


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