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August 19, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Exhibition

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.

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May 2, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Exhibition Installation

Our show was a HUGE SUCCESS! I’m splitting up the photos (for dramatic effects, obviously). Here are some from our installation.

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April 26, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Final Video!

March 18, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Talking about Photography.

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 🙂

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March 17, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Colorful Fruit

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.

March 9, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Liza’s Bio

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.

March 8, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Chandelle’s Bio

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.

March 7, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Outside the Box

Friday March 4th! What a great day at City Arts. Today as an activity we asked the artists to pick a few mini animals out of a collection we had and told them to practice their focus and their zoom skills. Hey, what a fun activity, I even had a chance to practice mine too! What an amazing experience. I loved molding, changing and shaping my little figurines into beautiful pieces of art work. My artist was able to bring out his awesome talents by rearranging all of his animals into cool positions where his personality had a chance to shine. After this activity we took a walk around the neighborhood and we were able to see where the kids live and hang out. It was a great bonding experience because as a PC student I never really get to escape this community that I’m engulfed in. Stepping out of this “PC box” was great, seeing things that reminded me of home was even better. I enjoy PC, I love the community but I also enjoy being able to see the outside world once and a while. The artists at City Arts are so creative and uplifting, I only hope that one day they can come see and take pictures of our PC home.–Laurie 🙂

March 6, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Another Video from Last Friday :)

-Kate

March 5, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Storytelling

Not all of the artists in our photo class are from the City Arts! neighborhood, but I was lucky enough to walk around with some artists who are. On our walk, one artist showed me where his grandma lives, while another artist pointed out the street that she lives on. The roles reversed and I became the student, learning about the neighborhood from my artist-teachers. It was great to see how confident they were walking around their neighborhoods, in their element and showing us the ropes.

I realized then that they have been our teachers all along, just as we have been theirs. We are all learning from each other. It’s not that long ago that I was in third grade, but I’m far enough removed that I forget what it feels like to be 8 sometimes. Each session at City Arts, however, I am reminded of what it is like to be a that age, and more importantly, I learn what it is like to be a kid from Providence. I look forward to having more opportunities to follow the artists through the neighborhood, hear what they have to say about it, and learn what it is like to be them. In the end, learning each others’ stories is what it’s all about. It teaches us how to build relationships, to empathize with one another, and to live compassionately. In fact, that is exactly what we are doing in this class–giving our artists the opportunity to tell their stories through photography.–Nicole

Check out this cool organization in New York City dedicated to recording people’s oral histories. They’re called StoryCorps:

http://storycorps.org