Pam Grier is the definition of black beauty in showing the strength of powerful amazing black woman. Regardless of race she did it her way and while she may have ruffled feathers she made many of us proud, not only of her, but of ourselves! Black is Beautiful. Thank you Pam!
PhotoVoice Eagles With Cameras: “Project on Identity” Who Are We? Session Four
We started off the Wednesday, December 11th session by breaking into groups and discussing what idenitity was and why it was so important to understand it.
Students continued to write about their personal identities.
Diana presented her PhotoVoice collage and spoke about the importance of her family, her career and health as it pertained to who she was.
We’d later go over the scavenger hunt pictures and allow students to speak about the pictures they took.
My favorite part of this session was at then end when Mr. Stowell would connect this project and the importance of knowing your personal identity with the next step the students would be taking in life, middle school. We spoke about the peer pressure and cool factors that most middle school students face, and how it was important that all of them knew who they were as individuals.
With only one more session left I am more than happy with the way this project is panning out.
As I sit on this plane 30,000 feet up, I think about the impact I want to make in my lifetime and what it is I want to accomplish. What it is that is important to me, and what inspires me. I think about how I can do everything I want to do NOW. How I can cut out the middle man and create a space where ultimately I am using my time wisely. I strive to spend my time with people that inspire me, educating myself and finding what promotes creativity and positivity. I want a masters degree but I’m not sure I NEED one to accomplish my goals. I will do everything I seek to do with or without one.
I have to get back to writing everyday, more exercise, more meditation, reading more creating! I must find work that inspires me. Regardless of how much it pays the fact that we spend most of our day at a job.. I should be inspired. Money DOES matter… But that’s an entirely different subject… I am a content creator.. I am enlightened. I will be great!
PhotoVoice Eagles With Cameras: “Project on Identity” Who Are We?
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
No more butterflies! This session I was ready to dive in head first. I knew exactly what I was going to say, I was ready to get student input and show them a good time. We went through the pictures that students took last weeks and were able to see some great work and hear wonderful stories!
Students received homework the night before to find out the history of their name. Why they were given the name, what it meant, and where it came from.
We were also gave students time to brainstorm what photo’s they would take pertaining to their own identity and projects. Although my time management wasn’t on point I’d say for an hour we squeezed a lot of good stuff in and students were able to share openly and freely. Next week we hope look at Social v. Personal identity, take a look at some photo’s from their scavenger hunt and MORE PICTURES!
BIG thank you for Diana helping out and taking photo’s and to Mr. Stowell for making it all happen.
For the next 5 weeks I will be spending my Wednesday afternoons In Zac Stowell’s classroom at Northgate Elementary school working with a diverse group of 5th grade students whom 90 percent of their families live at or below poverty level. While this says nothing about the character of these wonderful students, it does speak to the barriers and challenges these students face.
With this project students will answer the question “How are you a part of your community?” After an introduction to photography, and tutorials about how it can be used for storytelling, students will have an opportunity to go into their communities and document how they are a part of their community through photography. The students will then create collage and an artist’s statement that will be presented to their peers and showcased to their guardians during an art display at a local coffee shop.
Our mission with this project is to use technology, art and photography as a platform for students to share their own stories and the stories of their communities. We hope to explore the artistry that is photography and teach students basic skills, while allowing them to explore their identity and become active participants in their community in creating the world that they would like to live in.
My hope is to also introduce students to Seattleites whom are already using visual arts to share the stories of their communities past present and future. We are interested in the opinions, thoughts and foresight from these brilliant minds in hopes that we will progress the social conscience of this class.
The project will take place from 1:45p – 2:45p on the following dates: November – 13th, 20th; December 4th, 11th, and 18th.
I will be documenting this experience and project and hope to have more to share with you soon. Until then, stay tuned.