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Afterschool Program Challenges Mentored Kids to Present Their Life Stories through PhotographsDALLAS/May 8, 2009—Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bob Jackson and President John F. Kennedy's call for community engagement, 20 boys in the museum's Photographer-in- Residence Afterschool Program will publicly unveil their photographic images of Dallas life, Saturday, May 23, at 11:30 a.m. The presentation, which culminates the eight-week pilot program, will take place on the seventh floor of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. A reception is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
During the program, students met with Jackson, whose iconic images of President Kennedy's trip to Dallas in 1963 are currently on display at the museum, to learn how to tell stories about their Dallas communities through photographs. With the help of David Herman Jr., President and CEO of Preservation Link Inc., the students also learned how to analyze, interpret, and critique photographs. Other program activities included conducting interviews and developing journalism skills through writing.
The Photographer-in-Residence program is supported by Thriving Minds - a citywide partnership that surrounds children and their families with high quality arts and cultural experiences to stimulate creativity and learning. All 20 program participants are part of Project Still I Rise - a non-profit agency that coordinates character development and leadership programs for youth in south Dallas. Preservation Link Inc. is a Dallas-based arts-in-education program that designs innovative and exciting opportunities for youth to develop and share thoughts and feelings about the communities in which they live, learn, and play.
Emphasizing the significance of the program, Herman believes "the partnership between The Sixth Floor Museum, Preservation LINK Inc., and Project Still I Rise exemplifies the innovative approach needed to recondition and highlight the promise that is in each and every child. Together we are building a culture of students who understand the power of imagery, not only as a source of documentation, but also as an agent of awareness and positive social change."
The presentation is free with paid admission to the museum. For more information on this educational program email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-747-6660 ext. 5572.
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