I just realized there were no final exhibition photos posted (Photo Selection and Documentation team… fail on our part). So here are a collection of photos taken by David and myself.
Our show was a HUGE SUCCESS! I’m splitting up the photos (for dramatic effects, obviously). Here are some from our installation.
After taking a multitude of art history classes and sitting through brutal critiques, I can honestly say I’ve learned something valuable – I’ve learned how to talk about art and photography. This is what I try and pass on the the students I work with at City Arts. I’ve posted several pictures of my city arts partner, Shailia. She is 10 years old and in the 5th grade. The progress I see her making every week is incredible. However, while she was taking good pictures, she wasn’t really thinking about it. I would often stop her, “Why are you taking a picture of that?” or “Why do you like that picture?” Her answer would often be, “Because it looks cool.” Now, who am I to judge? Maybe I’ve set her life on a course that has her becoming the next big photographer. After all, my life was changed by thinking that very thing, “That photo looks cool. I could get into this.”
But last week, Shailia finally had some pretty profound answers for why she was taking the pictures she did. There was one shot down an alley way. I asked her why she liked that image. She said, “because it looks like it’s going way back.” What she was referring to was the strong one point perspective the alley created. That was such a crucial moment. She took a photo for a specific reason and was able to articulate why. I can’t wait to see what this girl does next week :)
Last Friday my artists and I ventured into the local food market, which provided a perfect space to practice our themes of the day: focus and composition. As we walked up and down each aisle, the artists took lots of photos of colorful products, especially fruit. Both of my artists live in the neighborhood, so it was a good opportunity for them to see a part of their community that they go through frequently. Using their cameras they were able to grasp detail that they would normally not have seen before.
1.Name: Liza Dunbar
2. Year: class of 2011
3. Major/Minor: Political Science, Spanish Minor
4. Hometown: Duxbury, Massachusetts
5. Photography experience: I took a photography class in high school but mostly just taking pictures of my friends and family.
6. What are your reasons for taking this class? I always wanted to take a PSP class before I graduated. I love working with kids and am interested in different kinds of art. This class seemed like it would offer a great experience.
7. Explain your idea of community: To me, community is feeling engaged and connected to the people you interact with. It comes in different forms and through different methods, but it sharing something in common that contributes to forming an identity.
8. Who is your City Art Artist buddy? Gabriela Calderon
9. What is your service experience (scope of service experience): In high school, I worked with a therapeutic horseback-riding program for children with disabilities. When I came to P.C., I volunteered at a PASA after school program and with the elderly teaching an ESL class.
10. Do you have any previous connection to South Providence community? I do not have any previous connection with South Providence.
11. What is your favorite part of the Providence (Providence College) Community? The relationships and connections I have made.
12. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were your buddy’s age? I wanted to be a veterinarian, a truck driver, and the President of the United States.
13. Did you ever take any art classes when you were younger? I took painting classes and piano lessons for several years when I was in elementary and middle school.
14. Was there art in your school? There was at every grade in my school.
15. What is the place of art in a community? Art is a great way to get people working together. Art can heal, encourage, express, unify. Expression is essential to the individual spirit and to the spirit of the community.
16. What is the place of art, specifically in your own community? Art and especially music is often used as a way to get people together in Duxbury. Many of the fundraising events in my town are focused around local art and artists.
1. Name: Chandelle Wilson
2. Year: 2008
3. Major/Minor/Affiliation: Community Partner
4. Hometown: Providence RI
5. Photography experience: BFA Fine Art (Photography, RISD)
6. What are your reasons for taking this class?
7. Explain your idea of community:
8. Who is your City Art Artist buddy? Joshua
9. What is your service experience (scope of service experience): As a youngster, I worked with Youth In Action serving on their Board of Directors and on their youth health education team. I’ve served for numerous years at a local soup kitchen and taught Sunday school at my church (as a teen). I’ve been connected to AS220 for several years. First as a student in Photographic Memory, then moving to intern with the Director of Broad Street Studio for a year in 2003, and have been serving on the Executive Board of AS220 since 2008. I also currently serve as a mentor to a young lady from the Providence community.
10. Do you have any previous connection to South Providence community? I am a South Providence native.
11. What is your favorite part of the Providence (Providence College) Community? My favorite part of the Providence Community is the rich arts culture and the diversity.
12. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were your buddy’s age? An Astronaut
13. Did you ever take any art classes when you were younger? Aside from art class in elementary school, my interest in the arts didn’t develop until high school. I took photography classes at AS220
14. Was there art in your school? Yes
15. What is the place of art in a community?
16. What is the place of art, specifically in your own community? AS220, CityArts, New Urban Arts.