RIT Students and North Street Children to Unveil Photo Project, May 20

Learning Community designed to teach photography skills, civic engagement




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Rochester Institute of Technology photojournalism students have teamed with North St. Community Center youngsters as part of a 14-week learning community, Democracy Through Photography: A Photo-Literacy Learning Community. The goal is to utilize photography as a vehicle to teach urban youth valuable life and leadership skills. The project, titled Picturing Change: Our Community, Our Vision, will be unveiled during a 2:30 p.m. ceremony May 20 at Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St.

The students, age 13 to 18, were given the assignment of answering the question, “How can I effect change in my community?” through a photo project. Spectators will have the opportunity to answer that question for themselves, as well, and will be invited to write their responses inside the gallery.

After debuting in City Hall, the exhibit will move to Java’s coffee shop at the Rochester Public Market on May 21 and will remain there until mid-June. It will also be housed at Moodmakers Books July 16-27 and the Rochester Public Library’s Gallery at the Lower Link Aug. 6-24.

The learning community is another program that has developed through the seven year-old partnership between RIT and the North East Neighborhood Alliance in the city of Rochester. The long-term goal of the project is to encourage youth to become active citizens and create positive change in their community.